Policy Monitor Weekly Digest

► Increasing international student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities helps to support the funding of many American public colleges, despite perceptions that international students are displacing American students, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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► Students who study or work abroad have lower unemployment rates and earn higher quality jobs than their non-mobile peers, according to a study conducted by the UK Higher Education International Unit.

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► Five former U.S. ambassadors to Germany believe CBYX funding cuts "run contrary to U.S. interests," and urge the State Department and Congress to restore funding for the program, in an open letter published by The Hill.

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► People to people exchange programs are "the most effective tools in actually building constructive views" between the Middle East and the United States, according to former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Richard LeBaron

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► Funding cuts to the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) are facing bipartisan criticism from members of Congress, as well as from the German government. Deutsche Welle reports that the cuts have sparked "a unique transatlantic coalition."

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► The Fulbright Program and Department of State are looking to increase their engagement with community colleges and promote exchange opportunities.

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► President Obama released his FY16 budget, requesting $623.079 million for Department of State international exchange programs, which marks a 5.6 per cent increase over current levels. Details of the budget request for exchange programs can be found here.

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► Alumni of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program have launched a “Save CBYX” campaign, in response to the decision to cut funding for the program by 50% for the 2015-2016 program year, the Atlantic Review reports.

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