On July 28, 2021, the U.S. Departments of State and Education released a Joint Statement of Principles for international education that renews focus on the role of international education in improving U.S. diplomacy, global competitiveness, and higher education, as well as the lives of the American people.
NAFSA has long advocated for a national strategy for international education, one that focuses on proactively recruiting talented students and scholars to U.S. colleges and universities from countries around the world and increasing the number and diversity of U.S. students who study abroad before graduation. With its recent announcement on this issue, the Biden administration has taken a quantum leap in advancing this idea.
Resources on the Joint Statement of Principles
Joint Statement of Principles for international education, by the U.S. Departments of State and Education.
NAFSA Applauds Joint Statement of Principles on International Education. NAFSA Press Release, July 26, 2021, with a statement by Dr. Esther D. Brimmer, Executive Director and CEO of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
A National Strategy on International Education Takes a Quantum Leap. NAFSA International Educator Magazine,
August 4, 2021. By Jill Allen Murray, MPA, Deputy Executive Director, Public Policy, NAFSA and Erica Stewart, Director, Advocacy & Media Outreach, NAFSA.
Joint Statement Urges Agencies to Include English Language Program Sector in Renewed Commitment to International Education. On August 20, 2021, NAFSA and other associations and organizations urged four key agencies to fully include the English language program sector in the Biden administration's renewed commitment to international education. The joint statement was developed by NAFSA, EnglishUSA, TESOL, and UCIEP, with support from ACCET and CEA, and was sent to the Secretaries of the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Education, and Commerce.