August 2012

As the popular European Erasmus program celebrates its 25th anniversary, it “is being hailed as one of the success stories of European integration,” and in the words of Italian writer Umberto Eco “has created the first generation of young Europeans,” the New York Times recently wrote.

People-to-people relationships between the citizens of the U.S. and India, forged in part through educational and cultural exchanges, lie at the heart of the U.S.-India partnership, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine and Indian Ambassador to the United States Nirupama Rao agreed in a recent web chat moderated by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Ambassador Robert Blake.

Congressional leaders announced they have agreed to pursue a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government from October through March 2013, CQ.com reports.

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► The New York Times featured the popular Erasmus program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

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A recent Next America special supplement to the National Journal explores the role of English as lingua franca as well as foreign-language learning in the U.S. and raises “many hard-to-answer questions about a dominant language in an increasingly diverse democracy.”

A recent The Hill article focusing on international students pursuing an American education featured the exchange experience of several prominent politicians, including Argentina’s Ambassador to the United States Jorge Argüello and Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to the United States Elin Suleymanov.

The U.S. needs to ensure that a larger number of American students gain skills enabling them to compete in the global marketplace, Maureen McLaughlin, Director of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, explained in a recent interview with the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine expressed her wish to see more American students studying and interning in India, in a recent interview with Forbes India. The Department of State is planning to increase the number of U.S. students in India (currently 3,300) to 15,000 in five years through its Passport to India initiative.

Talking about how to achieve this ambitious goal, Sonenshine said:

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