Exchanges in the media

As part of its efforts to rebuild after the 2011 civil war, Libya is focusing on increasing education and training opportunities by sending students abroad, ICEF Monitor reports.

Earlier this year, Libyan Deputy Minister of Education Bahin Eshetiwi announced Libya’s plan to address the shortcomings of the Libyan education system. A brief by World Education Services on the announcement highlighted the main initiatives of the Libyan reform:

As study abroad programs become more popular and significantly more diverse in terms of their location and participants, new positions are being created to allow institutions to better prepare for and respond to emergencies such as health and safety issues, political unrest or natural disasters, Inside Higher Ed reports.

A loss of cultural and educational exchanges is an often-overlooked consequence of the political turmoil in Egypt, writes Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, in a recent Al-Ahram Weekly article.

Iran is increasing its efforts to attract more international students to study at its universities, according to a recent article by the Tehran Times.

While there are currently 14,000 international students studying across Iran, the country’s Fifth Five Year Plan plans to increase this number; the plan “envisages the enrollment of 25,000 foreign students at Iranian universities,” between 2010 and 2015.

In response to an increased international demand for U.S. summer camps, many universities and school districts across the U.S. are “developing home-grown summer enrichment programs,” which target the rising middle class in countries such as China who “can send their children to experience American life – and possibly set the stage for going to college in the USA,” USA Today reports.

After a travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State urged “U.S. citizens to defer travel to Egypt” and instructed “U.S. citizens living in Egypt to depart…because of the continuing political and social unrest,” many public and private programs, including university study abroad groups, have decided to evacuate their participants from Egypt. Below is a list of articles detailing the evacuation of international exchange participants:

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Many Chinese students who study abroad in the U.S. use the experience to explore personal freedoms, unlike their predecessors who pursued political freedoms, The Atlantic reports.

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The rate of graduation for international students “[has] a marked impact on estimated graduation rates” and can mask the actual graduation rates within a country, a recent University World News articles states, citing the findings from the recent OECD Education at a Glance report.

The level of higher education exchanges between the U.S. and Latin America has been increasing, marking a “strategic priority for the United States,” a recent blog post on the Chronicle of Higher Education website writes, noting that these exchanges are “mutually beneficial” for all nations involved.

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More U.S. colleges and universities are helping finance study abroad experiences for low-income students, a trend that has increased the U.S. study abroad rate, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

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