Exchanges in the media
While a record 274,000 American students studied abroad for credit last year, it is becoming increasingly important to enhance this academic experience with an international work record, the New York Times suggests.
Because of the complexity of today’s conflicts around the world, it is vital for the U.S. to increase student exchanges, particularly with China, James Goldgeiger, Dean of the School of International Service (SIS) at American University (AU), argues in a recent Huffington Post article.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reiterated in recent weeks that she will not stay on at the State Department during President Obama’s second term. For some, this announcement has “unleashed…waves of speculation about her plans,” as detailed in this recent Washington Post profile about the possible paths she will take in the future. Current theories include a period of “hibernation” before a 2016 Presidential bid; the creation of her own women’s rights initiative; or (perhaps unlikely but still possible) retirement.
The Department of Education recently released its “first-ever, fully articulated international strategy” designed to advance two strategic goals: strengthening U.S. education and advancing the U.S.’ international priorities. The strategy, which focuses on the next four years, recognizes that it is no longer enough to teach American students only reading, writing, mathematics, and science skills; rather, students must also have “the skills and disposition to engage globally,” as well as “the ability to think critically and creatively to solve complex problems.”
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).
International students differ and so do their information-seeking behavior and school choices; U.S. higher education institutions therefore must reach out to and communicate with prospective international students in different ways, a new report by World Education Services (WES) found.
Study abroad and cultural experience boost creativity, according to a new study by scholars at the University of Florida, Gainesville, that was recently published in Applied Cognitive Psychology.
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:
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.