Exchanges in the media

(Update: 10/8/14 at 3:45pm)

As the Alliance previously reported, the Russian government has cancelled its participation in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) high school exchange program for the upcoming 2015-16 term. A round-up of various media coverage of this event is below:

October 7

Leaders in the field of U.S.- China relations emphasized the continued importance of investing in public diplomacy efforts, particularly student exchange programs, at the launch of the 100,000 Strong Report on Tuesday. Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society, underlined the strategic value of exchanges:

“These initiatives are not just about feeling good and getting to know each other, but can do big things.”

There is a growing focus on international student retention rates in the U.S., due to the increasing number of international students studying at American universities, according to World Education Services (WES). Additionally, several countries with large numbers of incoming international students, including Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., are engaging in efforts to better support their international student communities:

The Fulbright Program remains vital to the U.S.’ educational, scientific, economic, and political partnerships, according to Tara Sonenshine, former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. Sonenshine recently wrote a blog post in the Huffington Post underlining the positive impacts of the program on public diplomacy:

In a recent Huffington Post blog post, 100,000 Strong Foundation president Carola McGiffert calls for the diversification of study abroad to China. The general homogeneity of study abroad poses a disadvantage for not only underrepresented students themselves, but also U.S. businesses and the U.S. government, McGiffert writes.

Graduates with international experience gain both short and long-term employment benefits, as well as job mobility, according to a new impact study conducted on the Erasmus program. Both studying and interning abroad were found to improve students’ rankings on key skills deemed important by employers, and these experiences were also linked to lower unemployment rates.

Confucius Institutes continue to increase in number and funding, despite growing criticism against the institutes in the United States and a questionable impact on China’s soft power, reports The Economist.

The United States maintains a strong reputation abroad for the quality of its university education, while at the same time being among the most costly study destinations, according to a recent HSBC survey.

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International students are enriching not only the U.S. colleges and universities they attend, but also the local U.S communities in which the institutions are based, according to a new report released by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

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Organizations that bring together young people from opposing sides of conflicts have proven to be successful in their attempts to forge friendships and understanding, an article in the New York Times reports.

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