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.
American students studying abroad in Spain contribute an estimated €200 million to the country’s economy, reports PIE News. The article notes that Spain is the third most popular destination for U.S. students studying abroad.
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.
(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:
Leaders in the field of U.S.- China relations emphasized the continued importance of investing in public diplomacy efforts, particularly student exchange programs, at the launch of the 100,000 Strong Report on Tuesday. Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society, underlined the strategic value of exchanges:
“These initiatives are not just about feeling good and getting to know each other, but can do big things.”
There is a growing focus on international student retention rates in the U.S., due to the increasing number of international students studying at American universities, according to World Education Services (WES). Additionally, several countries with large numbers of incoming international students, including Canada, Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., are engaging in efforts to better support their international student communities: