International Education Week from November 17-21, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Started in 2000, this joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Evan M. Ryan, assistant secretary of state for educational and cultural affairs said on 17th November 2014 that “this year marks the 15th annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW), our worldwide recognition of the benefits of international education and exchange. Throughout this week, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education jointly encourage educational institutions, local governments, community organizations, embassies, individuals, and private organizations to celebrate IEW.
Since 1972, the U.S. Department of State has funded the Open Doors survey and resulting annual report. As the primary source of critical data on international student mobility, Open Doors drives the strategies of thousands of U.S. colleges and universities seeking to attract international students to their campuses, as well as various foreign governments and scholarship agencies who realize the importance of educating students in the United States. The Open Doors report also presents data on U.S. students studying abroad; IEW is an opportunity for us to underscore the importance of U.S. students studying internationally to acquire language skills, as well as the regional and global perspectives necessary to succeed in the 21st century”.
Last year Secretary Kerry sent a message of support for IEW which you can watch in full.
– See more at: http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/international-education-week/#sthash.yhtSwnNf.dpuf