President Obama Says Community Colleges are a Gateway to Competing in the Global Economy

July 15, 2009 | Topics: Education Abroad, Global Learning

By NAFSA

President Obama yesterday announced a major national investment in America's community colleges, with a focus on opening the doors of opportunity in higher education for many more Americans and on ensuring that community colleges can successfully prepare individuals with the education and training necessary for the jobs of tomorrow.

NAFSA enthusiastically supports efforts to strengthen community colleges. With their close ties to local communities, community colleges are key incubators of skills and innovation for local employers, and critical drivers of local economies. Community colleges have long been recognized leaders in the United States in efforts to ensure that the education they provide includes preparing students with the international skills and knowledge that employers increasingly require and expect.

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Congress Takes a Step Forward in Preparing Future Generations of America for the Global Age

By Marlene M. Johnson

The passage of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 2010-2011 (HR 2410) in the U.S. House of Representatives is an important investment in America’s diplomatic capabilities. As Matt observed, “this legislation is necessary and long overdue” and sets the stage for “global persistent engagement rather than persistent conflict.”

Doubling the size of the Peace Corps, enhancing the State Department’s educational and cultural exchange programs, providing scholarships for students from around the world to study in the U.S., and hiring and training more Foreign Service officers are all important elements to bolster the effectiveness of U.S. public diplomacy, foreign policy, and national security efforts. NAFSA strongly supports the enactment of another piece of this important legislation – The Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act.

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Now is Your Chance to Take Action for Study Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

Yesterday, the House Foreign Relations Authorization Act was passed favorably out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. While the bill's primary purpose is to authorize funding for the operations of the U.S. Department of State, it also includes innovative programs critical to accomplishing U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy goals like the Simon Study Abroad legislation. The Simon bill aims to dramatically increase the number of American undergraduates who study abroad in quality programs across the globe, focusing particular attention on ensuring access to study abroad across the college demographic and encouraging study abroad in the developing world. Currently, only about one percent of U.S. undergraduates study abroad – this bill seeks to change that.... See More

Simon Act Included in House Foreign Relations Bill

May 14, 2009 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

The effort to expand study abroad opportunities for American college students took a big step forward today when the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Foundation Act was included in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act introduced by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.).... See More

The Day I Shook the President’s Hand

April 30, 2009 | Topics: Education Abroad

By John Wilkerson

The morning of President Obama’s 100th day in office, I drove 130 miles from Columbia to Arnold, Missouri, a small town at the southwestern edge of suburban St. Louis. The President had chosen Fox High School in Arnold to hold a town-hall style meeting marking his first 100 days in office. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the event and planned to use my time driving there to focus on the question I would ask the President if given the chance. An hour and forty minutes along I-70, however, is a long time to review a 40-second question... See More

President Obama in Turkey: "Exchanges can break down walls between us"

April 09, 2009 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad, Global Learning

By Ursula Oaks

During his recent visit to Turkey, President Obama spoke repeatedly about the need to reinvigorate efforts to build ties of peace and partnership among the countries of the world. At a town hall-style meeting with university students in Istanbul earlier this week, he made it clear that he believes one of the most effective tools for doing this is international education.... See More

NAFSA and Abroad View are Hosting the 3rd Annual Student Diplomat Essay Competition

September 15, 2008 | Topics: Education Abroad

By Jordan Wait

Americans who study abroad in quality programs for academic credit or engage in service learning, internships, or research abroad are far better prepared for the demands of the twenty-first century. Such experiences inform the world view of our graduates. They allow students the opportunity to gain international knowledge and hone important foreign language skills. Additionally, they help build bridges of understanding worldwide.... See More