“This exchange business is good for us and the rest of the world,” Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) today.
Department of State exchange programs, including the Summer Work Travel (SWT) program, were featured prominently in Sonenshine’s remarks on “bottom line diplomacy” and why public diplomacy matters:
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Tara Sonenshine, spoke in Qatar earlier this week on the importance of people-to-people engagement. This speech, given at the 10th Annual US-Islamic World Forum, highlighted the need for public diplomacy, particularly in Muslim communities.
Acknowledging the impact international students have on their economies, countries worldwide are increasing their efforts to boost the “stay rate” of international students—the number of talented international students who decide to immigrate to their host country for longer periods of time, or even permanently, in order to live and work there—a recent ICEF Monitor article reports.
The U.S. Department of State will host more than 180 students, alumni, host families, and NGO-partners for a celebration of the anniversary of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. This program, now in its 20th year, brings students from Eurasian countries to the United States to complete a year of high school.
The Department of State released in today’s Federal Register a proposed rule with request for comment for the Teacher category of the Exchange Visitor Program. Elements of the proposed rule include:
Turkey has become the top European country to send students to the U.S. for study, leaving behind Germany and Britain, which now rank 2nd and 3rd in terms of sending, the New York Times reports.
Intercultural skills are more important than ever in today’s business world, a recent study by Ipsos Public Affairs, the third largest market research company in the world, Booz Allen Hamilton a leading strategy and technology consulting firm and the British Council reveals.
A Canadian government panel recommended in August that the country double its number of international students by 2022, the New York Times reports.
Currently, 100,000 international students are studying in Canada, triple the number who studied there in 2000.
A recent study from the U.S. Travel Association shows that a high percentage of international travelers who have previously visited the U.S. would discourage others from visiting because of the barriers to entry, CQ reported. The Travel Association study notes that forty three per cent of the 1,200 survey respondents said they would tell an average of eight people to avoid visiting the U.S.
Speaking more than one language offers a broad array of benefits and advantages, according to Italian professor Antonella Sorace from the University of Edinburgh.