April 2011

Jim Doumas, Executive Vice President and Interim CEO of Sister Cities International, testified this morning in front of the House Appropriations State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee, speaking in support of Department of State international exchange programs. Specifically, Doumas called for the subcommittee to fully fund the President’s FY 2012 budget request of $637.1 million for State exchange programs. Doumas noted:

The continuing resolution to fund the remainder of FY 2011, expected to be approved by Congress this week, includes sharp cuts to foreign language and international academic programs in the Department of Education, the Chronicle for Higher Education reports.

In line with the Obama administration’s goal to “reset” U.S.-Russian relations, approximately 30 presidents and rectors of Russian universities came to Washington this week to explore new areas of cooperation, according to Inside Higher Ed.

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After six months of negotiations, Congress finally passed an appropriations bill for the remainder of FY 2011. Yesterday the House passed H.R. 1473, a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the federal government through September 30, with a vote of 260-167 (59 House Republicans voted against the bill, including 28 of the 87 freshmen, while 81 Democrats voted in favor). The Senate then passed the bill, with a bipartisan 81-19 vote. The legislation will go to the President today for his expected signature.

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 04/08/11.

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Inside Higher Ed reports in detail on the cuts Department of Education foreign language and area studies programs may receive in the FY 2011 final appropriations bill, passed in Congress today: “Whether those cuts will actually occur is still unclear. Title VI programs, so called because of the provision of the Higher Education Act under which they fall, are not mentioned by name in the spending bill.

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► After six months of negotiations, Congress this week finally passed an appropriations bill funding the federal government for the remainder of FY 2011. The legislation will go to President Obama for his expected signature today.

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The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) recently posted on its website the biography of Ms. Lee Satterfield, the new Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges.

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Universities with study abroad programs in “hot spots” such as the Middle East and Japan are trying to adapt to the recent political uprisings and natural catastrophes by finding ways to enable their students to continue their programs or gain credit points back home, according to a recent article in the New York Times.

The New York Times recently featured an article about New York University’s (NYU) branch campus in Abu Dhabi, which opened last September with an inaugural class of students from 39 countries, 30 per cent of which come from the U.S.