How Teaching Adults Overseas is an Inspirational Educational Journey

October 25, 2016 | Topics: Global Learning

By Adam DiFrisco

Who inspires you? Is it a parent, a partner, a friend? Maybe even a celebrity? As people, it’s natural for us to look for role models and people who inspire us. As educators and as teachers, we are often that role model and inspire others. But sometimes the opposite is true as well. We are inspired by our students. We are reinvigorated by their enthusiasm, their hard work, and their dedication. It has happened to me, and it has made all the difference in my learning and teaching abilities. ... See More

Foreign Language Learning: Critical Skills for a Fast-Moving World

February 09, 2012 | Topics: Global Learning

By David Dinneen

I have been retired for over ten years, and I must admit that I have taken full advantage of not being on the front lines writing and speaking in defense of foreign language learning. When I feel moved to speak up on the subject, I do so from the admittedly comfortable position of not having to concern myself with preserving my livelihood. What does need preserving, however, is something absolutely critical to all of us: the ability of our citizens to understand the world, and to be effective, in the cross-cultural and global contexts where daily life increasingly plays out. To this end, foreign language learning is absolutely critical.... See More

"Please stop. I speak English."

March 23, 2011 | Topics: Global Learning

By Matt Sugrue

With great confidence, I strode purposefully to the counter of the patisserie and said, “Ithnaan al-qahwa min fa…” The young man working behind the counter raised his hands in front of him in a gesture that was both pleading and placating and, with very little trace of accent, said, “Please. Please stop. I speak English.”... See More

8 Enduring Lessons of Our Peace Corps Years

March 01, 2011 | Topics: Education Abroad, Global Learning

By Betty Soppelsa

Nearly 43 years ago, my husband and I went to live in a small town in Côte d’Ivoire as Peace Corps English teachers.  We had never been in Africa before; we had never taught before; we had barely studied about Africa in college. Miraculously, we moved into a new life and a new profession in that small town, and were transformed by the warmth, generosity, and openness of the people around us.  Some of the lessons we learned have deeply shaped us and are never far from our minds.... See More

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Stresses the Importance of a Global Education

By Marlene M. Johnson

In an event yesterday sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) State and Local Officials Initiative, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan emphasized the importance of a global approach to education. Noting that the United States is experiencing both increased competition from and collaboration with other countries, Duncan described education as the great equalizer and connector, not just for students in American schools, but also around the world.... See More

Strengthening UK-U.S. Higher Education Collaborations

May 20, 2010 | Topics: Education Abroad, Global Learning

By Marlene M. Johnson

Last week I was an invited participant in a British Council sponsored conference in London “UK-U.S. Higher Education Partnerships: Realizing the Potential." The goal of the symposium was to explore the issues affecting collaborations and identify strategies that can strengthen UK-U.S. collaborations overall.

A recent study commissioned by the British Council noted the historical importance of the UK-U.S. relationship in research, mobility of students, scholars and faculty, and collaborative degrees, as well as the changing global context for these exchanges, which indicate a trend toward a smaller market share for the United Kingdom, even as the international market for mobility and research collaboration grows. By the end of 2010, more than a quarter million U.S. students will have studied in the United Kingdom in the previous ten years. Clearly there is considerable goodwill and close friendships between the United Kingdom and United States, but the study concludes that this friendship should not be taken for granted. At the same time, the report noted a changing landscape for U.S. academic relationships, with a growing emphasis on the Asia-Pacific region as source countries for international students, destinations for U.S. study abroad, and partners for research collaboration. And, as Asia students/scholars establish long term relationships with U.S. institutions, the focus on Asia will continue to grow.

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

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


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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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