January 2012

The registration deadline for Advocacy Day is today, so go online and register now: http://www.alliance-exchange.org/policy-monitor/01/10/2012/register-now-our-2012-advocacy-day-and-raise-your-voice-international-exch.
If your organization still wants to register staff members after today, please just let us know by emailing Lisa at lheyn@alliance-exchange.org.

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Reacting to former Harvard University President Lawrence Summer’s assertion that “English’s emergence as the global language…make it less clear that the substantial investment necessary to speak a foreign tongue is universally worthwhile,” a variety of voices take to the New York Times to debate whether learning another language is necessary or useful.

International student enrollment in U.S. MBA programs has climbed back up to “pre-recession levels,” Bloomberg Businessweek reports:

“Average international enrollment at those [business] schools is now 33.4 per cent, up from 30.2 per cent at the height of the economic crisis, when visa and financing issues prevented many international applicants from enrolling.”

The White House today announced federal and private sector commitments to provide employment opportunities to almost 180,000 youth this coming summer, according to a White House Press Office release.

“Summer Jobs+ [is] a new call to action for businesses, non-profits, and government to work together to provide pathways to employment for low-income and disconnected youth in the summer of 2012.”

Below please find the listing of Federal Register announcements issued by the U.S. Departments of State, Education, and Homeland Security, and USAID since 12/30/11.

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Registration for this year's Advocacy Day on February 29 and March 1 in Washington, D.C. is now available.

In the current political climate of continuing pressure for reductions in federal spending and unprecedented scrutiny of J-1 exchanges, our advocacy work is more important than ever and we need to actively engage Congress as much as possible. Policymakers in Washington need to be reminded that international exchange programs are not only vital to our national security and economic health but also make a difference at home. They need to hear from you, their constituents, about the value of exchanges in your comunities.

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Despite attempts by Senators Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) to reauthorize the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, the 64-year old, seven-member governmental advisory body died a “quiet death” in December after it did not win reauthorization from Congress, Government Executive reports.

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In a recent post on his MountainRunner blog, Matt Armstrong, former Executive Director of the recently abolished U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy discusses the role of the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (R), specifically the significantly shorter tenure of Under Secretaries for R compared to other Under Secretaries.

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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 01/06/12.

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► Register now for the Alliance’s 2012 Advocacy Day! Detailed information about this year’s Advocacy Day and the online registration form are available on the Alliance website: http://www.alliance-exchange.org/policy-monitor/01/10/2012/register-now-our-2012-advocacy-day-and-raise-your-voice-international-exch. We hope to see many of you on February 29 and March 1 here in Washington and to raising our voice for international exchange with you.

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