Exchanges in the media

Speaking more than one language offers a broad array of benefits and advantages, according to Italian professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh.

Engagement with the Middle East and North Africa, and other Muslim-majority countries, is “a top priority” for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Meghan Curtis said last week at the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference in New Orleans.

A young woman who was adopted from Russia by an American couple in the 1990s has returned to her native country on a Fulbright scholarship, teaching English and working to improve the lives of Russian orphans, the Washington Post reports.

A growing number of U.S. students are choosing to explore higher education options in China “in a range of ways other than through traditional for-credit [programs],” University World News reports, citing a new study compiled by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

“2013 will be a year in which the higher education sector, under increasing pressure to justify its value, will face more regulations and greater expectations to become self-sufficient” and will face both technological challenges and opportunities, Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of research and advisory services at World Education Services (WES), writes in a recent University World News article.

While a record 274,000 American students studied abroad for credit last year, it is becoming increasingly important to enhance this academic experience with an international work record, the New York Times suggests.

Because of the complexity of today’s conflicts around the world, it is vital for the U.S. to increase student exchanges, particularly with China, James Goldgeiger, Dean of the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU), argues in a recent Huffington Post article.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated in recent weeks that she will not stay on at the State Department during President Obama’s second term. For some, this announcement has “unleashed…waves of speculation about her plans,” as detailed in this recent Washington Post profile about the possible paths she will take in the future. Current theories include a period of “hibernation” before a 2016 Presidential bid; the creation of her own women’s rights initiative; or (perhaps unlikely but still possible) retirement.

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The Department of Education recently released its “first-ever, fully articulated international strategy” designed to advance two strategic goals: strengthening U.S. education and advancing the U.S.’ international priorities. The strategy, which focuses on the next four years, recognizes that it is no longer enough to teach American students only reading, writing, mathematics, and science skills; rather, students must also have “the skills and disposition to engage globally,” as well as “the ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems.”

International students and their families contributed more than $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2011-12, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators today.

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