Study_Abroad_Can_Change_Your_Life - PPT

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Published on July 8, 2014

Author: harichandra

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PowerPoint Presentation: St u d y Abroad C a n C h a n ge Y o u r L i f e — a n d Yo u r Coun t ry I am li v i n g p roof of h ow st u d y abro ad can c h a n g e y o u r li f e. I came from M e x i co t o t h e U n it ed S t ates as a F u lbrig h t g rad u ate st u d e n t . T h at l ed t o - - i n addition t o a master's d eg ree - - f alli n g i n l o v e, g et ti n g married, b e c omi n g a U. S . citi z e n , cam paig n i n g i n t h e 2008 p res ide n tial elect i o n , a n d u lti ma t ely b ei n g c h osen t o l ead p u bli c d i p lomacy f or t h e Wes t ern H emi sp h ere at t h e U. S . De p art m e n t of S t ate. A lt h o u g h m o st p eop l e rea li z e t h at st u d y abro ad can ch a n g e an i n di v id u al 's li f e, t h ey of t en d o n 't recog n i z e h ow i mporta n t i n t er n ati o n al e x c h a n g es can b e as a co n trib u ti on t o r ela t i o n s b et w een o u r co un tri es. S t u d y abro ad e n h a nces o u r u n d ersta n di n g of ot h er c u lt u res, p ro v id es an e n lig h t e n i n g p erspe c t i v e on o u r h ome co un t r y , a n d b u ild s p art n ers h ip s t h at fost er p rogress to ward g reater prospe r it y , eco n omi c eq u a l it y , a n d s u stai n ab i lit y . Rec o g n i z i n g t h e i mpo r t a n ce of i n t er n ati o n al e x c h a n g es, P resid e n t Ob a ma l a un c h ed 100,00 S t ro n g i n t h e A meri ca n s w it h t h e g oal of br i n gi n g 100,0 0 0 Lati n A merican a n d Caribb ean st u d e n t s t o t h e U n it ed S t a t es a n d se n di n g 100,0 0 0 U. S . st u d e n t s t o st u d y i n Lati n A meri ca a n d t h e Caribb ean a n nu all y . S u pp orti n g t h i s b old ed u ca t i o n al e x c h a n g e i n iti ati v e i s o n e of t h e U. S . g o v er n me n t 's h ig h est p r iori ti es f or t h e W e st ern H emi sp h ere. T he D e p artme n t of S t ate r ece n tl y h osted an ed u cati o n ro un dtab l e w it h l ocal co lleg es, un i v ersiti es, ed u cati o n al as soci a t io n s, a n d n i n e U . S . A mbassad ors servi n g i n co un tri es i n t h e Wes t ern H emi sp h ere. T he A mbass ad ors of f ered i n sig h t s ab o u t t h e e n v i ro n me n t f or ed u c ati o n al e x c h a n g es i n t h e co un tri es w h ere t h e y serve, a n d e x pl ored w a y s t h ey can work w it h t h e U .S . h ig h er ed u cati on comm u n it y t o a c h i e v e t h e 100,000 S t r o n g i n t h e A meri cas g oal . T he as soci at io n s a n d sc h ool s off ered t o work w i th t h e D e p artme n t of S t ate a n d o u r E mbass i es t o ide n ti fy U. S . p art n ers i n t eres ted i n e x c h a n g es w i t h Lati n A meri ca a n d t h e C aribb ea n . I t was stri k i n g t o see h ow ma n y of o u r m o st se n i or A mbassa d ors i n t h e regi on v i ew p r o m o ti n g ed u ca t i o n al e x c h a n g e as an esse n tial p art of b u ildi n g st r o n g bil a t eral rel a t io n s. T he 100,000 S t ro n g i n i t i a t i v es g ot a n ot h er b oo s t f r o m a co n f ere n ce t h e D e p artme n t of C ommerce, De p art m e n t of S t ate, a n d Ge o rg e t o w n U n i v ersity rece n tl y spo n sored. A t t h e c on f ere n ce, some 500 g o v er n me n t , b u si n ess, a n d ac a d emi c l ea d ers from t h ro u g h o u t t h e Wes t ern H emi sp h ere came t oget h er t o d i sc u ss t h e i mporta n ce of i mpro v i n g a n d i n t er n ati o n ali z i n g o u r h ig h er ed u cati on s y st ems t o p rod u ce w or k e rs eq u ipp ed w it h t h e k n o w l edge a n d e x p erie n ce to c o mp e t e i n a gl o bal eco n om y . E d u cati o n al e x c h a n g e i s n ot j u st a n i ce t h i n g t o do; it 's t h e abs o l u t ely n ecessary t h i n g t o do. I n t h e words of a B ra z i li an b u si n essman w h o was q u oted at t h e co n f ere n ce, " I am n ot doi n g t h i s (s u pp orti n g ed u ca t i o n ) b eca u se I am a n i c e g u y . I am d oi n g it , b eca u se if I d o n 't, I w ill g o b a n k r u pt . " T h at's h ow i mporta n t it i s to h a v e a s k ill ed , w el l - ed u cated, a n d c u lt u rall y sa v v y wor kf orce i n t h e 21st ce n t u r y . A t t h e co n f ere n ce, I h ad a g reat ro un dt able di sc u ssi o n w it h g o v er n me n t a n d u n i v ersity off icial s from t h e Wes t ern H emi sp h ere ab o u t w h at w e n eed t o do to i n crease ed u cat io n al e x c h a n g e am o n g t h e co un tri es i n t h e regi o n . I was ab l e t o s h are w it h o u r g u est s some u pd ates on 100,000 S t r o n g i n t h e A meri ca s . I was t h rill ed w h en V i ce M i n ist er B otero of C olom b ia said, “ We w elcome 1 0 0 , 000 S tro n g; it's li k e a r i n g to ou r f i n ger . ” In t er n ati o n al e x c h a n g es a r e, w it h o u t q u estio n , t h e b e st w ay t o b u ild l asti n g t i es of i n t er n ati o n al un d ersta n di n g a n d f ri e n d s h ip , as w ell as t o p repare f or s u ccess i n a n i n creas i n g l y i n t erco nn ected glob a l eco n omy a n d wor k f orce. A s w e work w it h o u r p art n ers i n t h e regi on t o i n crease e x c h a n g e opp o r t un it i es, st u d e n t s i n t erest e d i n st u d y i n g abro ad s h o u ld k n ow t h at t h ere a r e a l ot of PowerPoint Presentation: oppo r t un it i es al ready o u t t h ere. C h eck w it h y o u r st u d y abro ad or i n t er n ati o n al e x c h a n g e off i ce. I f y ou are o v erseas, co n t act o u r E d u cati on USA a d v i sers w h o work i n h u n d reds of advisi n g ce n t ers aro un d t h e w orld . S t u d y abroad. I t co u ld c h a n g e y o u r li f e, a n d y o u r cou n t r y .

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