Ann Stock

International students and their families contributed more than $21.81 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to an economic impact statement for the academic year 2011-12, released by NAFSA: Association of International Educators today.

The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities has increased by 5.7 per cent, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2012 report, released today at a briefing that kicked off this year's International Education Week. Open Doors 2012 also reveals that international students contributed more than $22.7 billion to the U.S. economy in 2011-12, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data.

The Open Doors report is released annually by IIE with the support of the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). 

The Alliance was pleased to welcome Ann Stock, Assistant Secretary of State (R), to the Alliance Membership Meeting on November 8. Secretary Stock's full remarks are available below:

The number of international students enrolled at U.S. universities has increased by five per cent, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report, released yesterday at a briefing that kicked off this year's International Education Week. Open Doors 2011 also reveals that international students contributed more than $21 billion to the U.S. economy in 2010-11, according to U.S. Department of Commerce data.

At the closing luncheon for the Department of State's TechWomen Initiative today, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton celebrated the completion of the first-ever TechWomen exchange program and announced the planned launch of a similar initiative next year.

The "TechGirls" initiative will complement the TechWomen program and "will bring teenage girls from the Middle East and North Africa for an intensive month of educational activities here in the United States."

On the heels of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup in Germany and along with the kick-off of the 40th anniversary year of Title IX, the Department of State recently launched its Women's World Cup Initiative "Empowering Women and Girls through Sports." The initiative is led by the Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and co-sponsored by the Office of Global Women's Issues as well as the SportsUnited Office, which leads the State Department's international exchange efforts to bring people from all over the globe together through sports, for example through "Soccer Diplomacy."

At a luncheon of the Public Diplomacy Alumni Association (PDAA) on Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock stressed the importance of people-to-people exchanges and discussed the strategic directions of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

This week marked the celebration of two prominent milestones in citizen diplomacy and people-to-people exchanges: the 70th Anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) and the 50th Anniversary of the National Council for International Visitors (NCIV).

An article in yesterday’s Washington Post details the role Twitter is now playing in the foreign policy world—the social media site has not only helped facilitate communication in such politically turbulent nations as Iran and Tunisia, but is also being used as a communications tool by senior U.S. government officials.

[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."]

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