January 2011

Manned roadblocks and searches on buses and trains by U.S. Border Patrol agents are creating fear and uncertainty in foreign students and scholars at institutions close to the Canadian border and in upstate New York, the Chronicle for Higher Education reports. Several students and scholars unable to produce all of their original immigration documents have been arrested and detained.

At a town hall meeting today with the Omani Civil Society in Muscat, Oman, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stressed the importance education in general, and exchange programs with the U.S in particular, have for Oman’s future.

As Clinton noted,

A new Congress is in town, and Capitol Hill is alive with activity: Chairs and Ranking Members are busy filling out the rosters of their committees, legislative aides are settling into their duties, and at least one freshman Member (according to the Washington Postis sleeping in his office while he looks for housing.

In letters sent out this week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged U.S. exchange sponsors and higher education leaders to support President Obama’s ‘100,000 Strong’ initiative by doubling the number of students they send to China by 2014.

The Obama initiative, announced by the President during a 2009 Shanghai speech, challenges the U.S. to send 100,000 students to China over the next four years.

In her letter, Clinton states:

A growing number of U.S. students are choosing places like Africa, Asia, and Latin America instead of Western Europe as study abroad destinations, the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the article, study abroad opportunities in less developed countries are more affordable in terms of overall costs compared to traditional study abroad destinations such as the UK, Italy and France.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 01/07/11.

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The notice of proposed information collection below regarding the form DS-2019 appeared in last week’s Federal Register. The Alliance has confirmed with the Department of State that this notice is a standard process to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to extend use of the form DS-2019 for three years. (The current DS-2019 has been in use since July 2008 and expires on July 31, 2011.)

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On Friday, President Obama announced that his administration is lifting restrictions on academic travels to Cuba, the White House, the Chronicle of Higher Education and CQ.com report.

[UPDATE 1/20/11: Full video of the First Lady's remarks is now available below. Also see President Hu's remarks on exchanges: "It is extremely important to increase exchanges between young people in China and the U.S."]