September 2011

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 08/26/11.

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The Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement (formerly Center for International Initiatives) at the American Council on Education (ACE) is now accepting applications for its Director position. Please see below for application details.

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 09/02/11.

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The Newark Star-Ledger published on Friday a letter to the editor by Michael McCarry in which he asserts that the Exchange Visitor Program—and in particular the Summer Work Travel program—provides opportunities that have “positively changed lives and helped improve America’s standing in the world for 50 years.”

The full text of McCarry's letter is available on the Star-Ledger website, and below.

The Senate State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds Department of State exchange programs, may mark up its FY 2012 appropriations bill starting next week, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition reports. NOW IS THE TIME to urge Congress—especially the Senate—to support the highest possible level of funding for international exchange programs.

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Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 09/09/11.

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Speaking at a meeting of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy yesterday, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Adam Ereli highlighted the impact ECA programs have on American citizens, as well as the Bureau’s ongoing work to ensure its programs are strategic and its appropriated funds well spent. The question of how exchange programs serve American interests at home and abroad, he said, is always at the forefront of ECA’s mind.

American college students are becoming increasingly serious about international experience and studying abroad, Newsweek recently reported:

“American college students, eying an uncertain job market, are turning to study abroad programs to prepare them for a global economy, in which new cultures, languages, and ways of doing business are critical."

On September 16, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton announced the launch of the new Study in the States website, which aims at " [streamlining] the international student visa process for foreign students seeking to study in the United States," according to the DHS website.

The registration for the 2011 Membership Meeting, November 8-9 in Washington, is now closed. For a full meeting agenda and for hotel booking information, please visit:

http://www.alliance-exchange.org/2011-membership-meeting

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