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Former President George W. Bush and Senator Bob Corker Express Support for U.S. Foreign Aid Programs

In light of the sharp cuts to the International Affairs budget recently proposed by the Trump administration, former President George W. Bush in an interview with NPR argued for continued foreign aid funding as well as citizenship pathways for undocumented immigrants. Similarly, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, pushed back against proposed funding cuts to humanitarian assistance programs, according to the Associated Press.

University Leadership Unite in Opposition to Executive Order Travel Ban

31 of the top universities in the United States joined forces and filed an amicus brief challenging the Trump administration’s revised travel ban. Although the new version of the Executive Order only bars people from six specific Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S., universities are already seeing negative effects on their campuses.

Summer Work Travel Data Released in Department of State Report

The U.S. Department of State released its 2016 Summer Work Travel Monitoring Report, a study conducted by the Office of Private Sector Exchange (ECA/EC). The report analyzes the program through 446 field site visits across 25 states, and interviews with 1,582 exchange visitors and 362 host placements. Overall, the findings show that 97% of all SWT exchange visitors interviewed reported being happy or somewhat happy with their program experience, and nearly 90% were happy with their sponsors.

National Study on Foreign Language Recommends U.S. to Increase Access to Language Learning

A new report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and its Commission on Language Learning offers an examination of the current state U.S. language education, as well as five key capacity-building recommendations for improving access to it. According to Section 4 of the report, the United States should “promote opportunities for students to travel, experience other cultures, and learn languages in other countries by immersing themselves in multilingual environments.”

2017 Strategic Dialogue: A Vision of Transatlantic Leadership Through International Exchange

The Alliance for International Exchange, in partnership with the Graduate School USA, the Institute of International Education, and AFS-USA, participated in Global Ties U.S.’ 2017 Strategic Dialogue on Wednesday February 8. The Dialogue addressed the current and future state of the transatlantic relationship through the lens of international exchange.

Winners of 2017 IIE Awards for Innovation in International Education

The Institute of International Education (IIE) recently announced the winners of the annual IIE Andrew Heiskell Awards for Innovation in International Education. Each year, IIE selects five campuses from over 1,300 higher education institutions as award recipients, in recognition of their efforts in internationalizing campuses, study abroad, and international partnership programs. IIE also announced a new award category for minority-serving institutions that have strived to enhance global understanding.