Exchanges in the media
The Fulbright Program is “a fundamental piece of America’s higher education infrastructure,” writes Jarrod Hayes in the Washington Post, providing “a critical opportunity for our collective braintrust to build the intellectual capital upon which our society relies”:
“The Fulbright scholars program is…central to everything colleges and universities do for our society. It supports faculty from all over the U.S.—red states, blue states, and states in between—to travel abroad in an effort to build connections with other societies and bring those connections and experiences home to their students and communities. It also brings the world into the classrooms of our children by funding the research and teaching of scholars from other societies visiting American colleges and universities.”
“In very many ways, the Fulbright program embodies the United States: an ambitious, diverse, globally connected program aimed at moving forward and at the forefront of taking on the difficult challenges that our societies and the world faces. And so preserving the Fulbright program is in a sense preserving who we are as Americans in the 21st century.”
Gaining international experience could benefit students when they enter the job market, aCNN article reports.
With only one per cent of American students studying abroad, “studying abroad isn’t a common experience for most U.S. college students,” CNN writes, adding that “finances, time constraints and safety are some of the challenges U.S. students face when deciding to spend a semester or two overseas.”
During her first solo visit to China, First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the importance of study abroad programs for success in a globalized world, The New York Times and Insider Higher Education report:
The New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof (reported by the Alliance yesterday) has garnered a number of positive responses from within the international exchange community. A notable response came from Dr. Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education.
Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill this week that would deny foreign travelers U.S. visas if their home countries have not made sufficient efforts to prevent fraudulent passport use, CQ.com reports:
First Lady Michelle Obama arrives in China on Thursday for a visit that will focus on education and the importance of people-to-people exchanges, The New York Times reports.
In his most recent column in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof outlines the importance of study abroad programs and presses American universities to increase the number of students they send abroad:
In 2002, leaders of European Union member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age.” In 2005, the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective “to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.” Progress on this initiative – often referred to as the “mother tongue plus two” – has, however, been slow, the New York Times reports.
A growing number of U.S. universities and colleges are offering “transitional programs” to international students, in order to bridge the cultural gap that international students can experience when making the move to study at American colleges, The New York Times reports.
A Mexican initiative known as “Proyecta 100,000,” which aims to increase the number of Mexican students in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2018, has gained support from the White House and other North American leaders, The PIE News reports.