Exchanges in the media

Achievements and further expansions in exchange programs between citizens of the United States and the People’s Republic of China were discussed by top diplomats at the China-U.S. Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) last week in Beijing.

Throughout the seventh annual high-level meetings, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, top government officials met with participants of past exchange programs and expressed strong support for the continuation of these initiatives.

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Ahead of the G-7 Summit taking place this week, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that over the next five years Japan will accept 150 Syrians as exchange students, rather than refugees, allowing them to attend Japanese universities.

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Due to the political hostility between Russia and the United States, a number of prominent educational exchange programs have been closing and the prospects for new exchange opportunities are declining, Russia Direct wrote recently.

The importance and value of virtual exchanges took center stage in remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan and former Mayors Michael Bloomberg and Michael Nutter at a recent symposium on global digital education. The symposium, convened by Global Cities, Inc., brought together educators from 25 U.S.

Gap year opportunities have surged in the media recently in response to the announcement that Malia Obama will take a gap year before entering college, the Boston Globe reports.

The experiences students undertake during a gap year are varied, the Boston Globe explains, noting that some students stay closer to home while others pursue opportunities abroad:

An increasing number of British students are looking to study outside of the U.K., particularly in continental Europe, according to a recent article in The Telegraph. British Council data suggest that a third of British students are considering studying outside of the UK, The Telegraph writes.

A new report compiled by the Forum on Education Abroad finds that college students studying abroad are less likely to die than their peers studying on U.S. campuses. The report, featured in a recent article in Inside Higher Ed, sought to compare the general risk faced by U.S.

International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) participants are contributing to U.S. counter-terrorism efforts through the State Department’s P2P: Challenging Extremism initiative, according to a recent article in Vice News.

In an effort to increase the diversity of its grantees, the Fulbright Program is increasing engagement with its alumni, according to a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

International education experts agree that one-on-one conversations provide the best opportunity for underrepresented students to learn about the program, The Chronicle notes:

A consortium of U.S. colleges and universities are providing an alternative to violent extremism by creating opportunities for Syrian university students to finish their studies in the U.S., according to a recent article in the Chicago Monitor.

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