Public Diplomacy

The number of international students studying in the U.S. is at a record high, as is the number of American students studying overseas, according to the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2014 Open Doors report, released this morning on the occasion of the 15th annual celebration of International Education Week. The economic contribution of international students in the U.S.

During his recent visit to China, President Obama – along with Chinese President Xi Jinping – emphasized the positive impact exchanges have on U.S.-China relations. Both expressed a commitment to deepening people to people ties between the two nations, particularly via student exchanges and tourism, according to a White House press release.

As of November 12, the U.S. and China have both increased the respective lengths of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas, according to the U.S. Department of State. The U.S.

Public diplomacy and cultural exchanges support U.S. diplomacy goals of connecting with local environments and populations, forming meaningful personal relationships, and creating a vision of “America” that goes beyond the U.S. government, according to a report recently released by the Atlantic Council and the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

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Student exchanges are key in advancing the United States’ positive relationship with China, Secretary of State John Kerry stressed in a speech on U.S.-China relations on Tuesday:

“One of the best ways for us to improve our connection is by expanding the student exchanges.”

The 100,000 Strong Foundation is expanding its efforts to encourage Chinese language study and “give more American students study abroad opportunities in China” through a new partnership with the American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS, reports the China Daily, an official Chinese newspaper published in English.

An increasing number of online students in the U.S. are participating in study abroad experiences, reports U.S. News & World Report.

Growing concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus may have an impact on international education connections with West Africa, reports the Washington Post. Increased scrutiny of student flows to and from West Africa arose as a second case of Ebola transmission in the U.S.

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is an important opportunity “to help bring about a more prosperous future for both the United State and our ASEAN partners,” according to Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry outlined the role of YSEALI in a speech on the importance of business and economic relations between the U.S. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

(Update: 10/8/14 at 3:45pm)

As the Alliance previously reported, the Russian government has cancelled its participation in the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) high school exchange program for the upcoming 2015-16 term. A round-up of various media coverage of this event is below:

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