The United States reaps diplomatic, economic and national security benefits when we welcome a diverse pool of international students to our campuses and offer opportunities to study abroad to a diverse population of U.S. students. In order to continue to realize these rewards, the next administration must promote policies that advance international education and student mobility.
NAFSA encourages the next administration to foster those academic, diplomatic and cultural collaborations that have served the nation so well over the past century and are only possible through international education. The contributions globally educated students make to classes, campuses and communities nationwide will strengthen our country now and well-into the future.
We urge our nation's leaders to advance study abroad and international learning; welcome international students and advance commonsense immigration solutions; and demonstrate our commitment to global engagement by continuing forward progress on Cuba and offering education and aid to refugees.
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Policy recommendations for the 2016 Presidential Candidates:
- Bringing Global Diversity to U.S. Campuses - An Economic and National Security Imperative
- Creating an International Student Diversity Advisory Council to Advance U.S. Academic, Economic, and Foreign Policy Priorities
- Making International Learning an Integral Component of Higher Education Will Enhance our Security
- Welcoming Foreign Students to U.S. Institutions is Vital to American Public Policy
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