Department of State news
The U.S. Department of State released its 2016 Summer Work Travel Monitoring Report, a study conducted by the Office of Private Sector Exchange (ECA/EC). The report analyzes the program through 446 field site visits across 25 states, and interviews with 1,582 exchange visitors and 362 host placements. Overall, the findings show that 97% of all SWT exchange visitors interviewed reported being happy or somewhat happy with their program experience, and nearly 90% were happy with their sponsors.
The Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State issued the latest State of Global Partnerships Report, outlining the progress of public-private partnerships in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report highlights strides made towards Goal 4, which focuses on quality education, through World Learning’s Digital Youth Virtual Exchange Program, and iEarn-USA’s BRIDGE program (Building Respect through International Dialogue and Global Education).
A recently published report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD), assesses the role of public diplomacy in building alliances, fighting extremism, and dispelling information. At the report launch on Tuesday, January 17, in Washington, D.C., Benjamin Rhodes, Assistant to President Barack Obama and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting, and James K. Glassman, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the George W.
The greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities International (GFLSCI), Inc. was selected as the first recipient of the inaugural Citizen Diplomacy Award, an honor granted by the Bureau of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. On January 10, 2017, Ambassador Bruce Wharton, Acting Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, presented the award recognizing the work of “American citizens and organizations engaged in international work that furthers U.S.
Cabinet members from various departments and agencies submitted Exit Memos to President Barack Obama last week, detailing the progress accomplished in their respective entities during the Obama administration. The memo by Secretary of State John Kerry focused on the strides made by the State Department in advancing national security, alleviating conflicts around the world, strengthening U.S. international partnerships, expanding opportunities for American citizens, and defending universal values.
A new agreement between Ireland and the United States will add a three-year extension to the Ireland Work and Travel (IWT) program, lengthening the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two governments. According to a press release by the U.S.
The U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy (USACPD) today released its 2016 Comprehensive Annual Report on Public Diplomacy and International Broadcasting Actives, detailing roughly $1.8 billion in programs worldwide. The report offers analysis, research and evaluation, policy recommendations, regional overviews, and country-specific spotlights for a host of public diplomacy and international broadcasting programs, including Department of State exchanges.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced a new partnership to support the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program by helping send more students to study abroad. In remarks delivered yesterday at the U.S. Institute of Peace, Secretary Kerry highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships to help increase global interconnectedness and mutual understanding:
A year after the U.S. Department of State launched its Study Abroad branch, branch chief Leanne Dunsmore reported a successful beginning as the branch strives to increase participation in and the diversification of study abroad.
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its FY17 State-Foreign Operations (SFOPS) spending bill, including State Department exchanges. The House SFOPS subcommittee also released a draft bill text in advance of the mark-up of its FY17 SFOPS spending bill tomorrow.