Educational Exchanges for the 21st Century: “100,000 Strong in The Americas” and “Science Without Borders”

President Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” and Brazilian President Rousseff’s “Science without Borders” initiatives create opportunities for substantial new partnerships between Brazil and the United States to expand international study and research. These exchanges strengthen U.S. and Brazilian institutional partnerships, develop a workforce prepared for 21st century opportunities, and contribute to long-term economic growth for both countries.

100,000 Strong in the Americas

President Obama's 100,000 Strong in the Americas goal is to increase higher education exchanges between the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 each year in each direction. To meet the President’s goal, the U.S. government is working to expand educational linkages in the region through partnerships with foreign governments, universities and colleges, higher education associations, and the private sector.

Goals of the Program: 100,000 Strong in the Americas will foster region-wide prosperity through greater international exchange of students who are our future leaders and innovators. Increased understanding in the Western Hemisphere and closer people-to-people ties will help us work together to address common challenges including citizen security, economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

University Partnerships: New and existing partnerships between community colleges, public and private universities and colleges, states, and other consortia serve as a foundation for expanding academic and research exchanges. EducationUSA, a network of more than 100 U.S. government-supported advising centers throughout the hemisphere, connects U.S. higher-education institutions with students and universities throughout the region. The U.S. Commercial Service of the Department of Commerce is partnering with EducationUSA to organize an Education Mission to Brazil. The mission will stop in Brasilia, Sao Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro from August 30 to September 6, 2012. The purpose of the mission is to connect approximately 60 appropriately accredited U.S. education institutions with potential students and university/institution partners in Brazil.

Bilateral Government Partnership: The United States cooperates with partner governments throughout Latin America and the Caribbean who offer scholarships to qualified students to study abroad by providing educational advising and placement strategies for those students in U.S. higher education institutions. The United States also coordinates with partners to ensure timely access to information on educational opportunities and visas through EducationUSA advising centers, U.S. embassies, and U.S. consulates.

Public-Private Partnerships: Private sector contributions to expand international study can broaden the reach of existing programs as well as support new initiatives that align with donor priorities. The U.S. government, in partnership with governments in the region, offers several exchange programs – including Fulbright, Gilman, the Global Undergraduate Exchange, and others in which the private sector can contribute directly to the implementing partner to expand the number of exchange participants or support enhancement activities that make these programs a unique experience.

Diversity: The diversity of the U.S. higher education system offers educational opportunities for all types of study and is one of the fundamental strengths behind 100,000 Strong in the Americas. We also seek to diversify the range of students who participate in international exchanges to and from the United States. Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Native American Tribal colleges, other Minority Serving Institutions, and community colleges in the United States offer opportunities that may meet international students' needs and interests. We also work with Latin American and Caribbean governments, universities, and the private sector to provide international study opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds throughout the region.

Science without Borders

President Rousseff’s Science without Borders initiative has the potential to make a major contribution toward reaching the United States’ 100,000 Strong goal. The initiative aims to fund 101,000 Brazilian university students and scholars in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields to study and conduct research abroad over the next four years. The Brazilian government will fund 75,000 Brazilian students; the private sector will fund an additional 26,000 scholarships. At least half of the Brazilian students under this program are expected to study in the United States. The United States received and placed the first cohort of Brazilian Science without Borders students in more than 100 U.S. universities in 42 states, and we look forward to receiving thousands more in the coming years.

University Partnerships: Brazilian universities nominate candidates for the program and the Brazilian agencies responsible for the implementation of the program, Brazil’s Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) and the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), approve the students’ participation. CAPES and CNPq, through partnerships with educational organizations and universities, negotiate placement, tuition, and fees for the students and researchers. The participating host institutions make the final decision to accept a student in the Brazil Science without Borders Program. The Brazilian government has partnered with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to administer the undergraduate scholarship segment of Science without Borders in the United States and with Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas (LASPAU) to place Brazilian students in Ph.D. programs in the United States. Accredited U.S. institutions interested in hosting undergraduate and Ph.D. students should contact IIE and LASPAU.

Supporting Students: The U.S. Government supports Science without Borders students by advising on successful strategies for navigating the American higher education community, encouraging diversity of placement throughout the United States, conducting outreach to engage both U.S. and Brazilian higher education and scientific communities, facilitating visa appointments and hosting orientation events. The U.S. Government, in partnership with a consortium of Binational Centers in Brazil, launched english3 (“English-cubed”) in March 2012. Specifically developed and tailored for Science without Borders applicants, the country-wide English immersion program will prepare students with essential skills for academic life in the United States. The United States is also expanding professional development opportunities for English language teachers in Brazil.

Public-Private Partnerships: Science without Borders is funded by public and private sources. The United States of America and Brazil Fulbright Commission provide support by managing funds from the Brazilian Government, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, and private sector partners. U.S. private sector partners and foundations support the program financially by funding the program’s academic component or opening internship (academic training) opportunities, paid and unpaid, for Science without Borders scholars.

U.S DEPARTMENT OF STATE, BUREAU OF WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS PRESS RELEASE March 5, 2012

100,000 Strong in the Americas

 “…the United States will work with partners in this region, including the private sector, to in­crease the number of U.S. students studying in Latin America to 100,000, and the number of Latin American students studying in the United States to 100,000.” —President Barack Obama, La Moneda, Santiago, Chile, March 21, 2011

In March 2011, President Barack Obama launched “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” an initiative to increase international study in Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of 100,000 Strong is to foster region-wide pros­perity through greater international exchange of students, who are our future leaders and innovators. Increasing understanding in the Western Hemisphere and building closer people-to-people ties will help the State Department work together with the people of the Western Hemisphere to address common chal­lenges including citizen security, economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

Partnerships: The Department of State is working to im­plement 100,000 Strong in the Americas through partner­ships – with foreign governments, with universities and colleges, and with the private sector. EducationUSA, (educationusa.state.gov) a network of more than 100 U.S.-Government-supported advising centers throughout the Hemisphere, is a centerpiece of our partnership and outreach efforts.

Universities and Colleges: We are working with institu­tions in the United States and throughout the Hemisphere to encourage expanded exchanges and closer partner­ships between U.S. and Latin American and Caribbean universities and colleges.

Private Sector: The U.S. government, in partnership with governments in the region, strongly supports exchanges through Fulbright, Gilman, and other scholarship pro­grams. Reaching beyond these programs, we seek con­tributions from the private sector to support scholarships. Any such funding will go directly to the organization ad­ministering the program the donor wishes to support.

Foreign Governments: Most governments in the region provide scholarships to enable top students to study abroad. Brazil’s “Science without Borders” scholarship program plans to send 75,000 Brazilians to study abroad over the next four years, with up to half coming to the United States. The United States has worked closely with Brazil to coordinate the U.S. portion of this program. We seek opportunities to cooperate with other governments on student advising, assistance with placement, and co­ordination to ensure timely access to educational and visa services.

Diversity: We are promoting a more diverse profile of stu­dents who participate in educational exchanges and their destinations. The Department of State is reaching out to diverse institutions throughout the United States includ­ing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, Native American Tribal colleges, and community colleges. We are working with Latin American and Caribbean governments, universities, and the private sector to provide international study opportunities for stu­dents from disadvantaged backgrounds or historically un­derserved populations.

President Obama Announces Educational Exchange Initiatives

President Obama has announced an initiative to promote the exchange of higher education students between the United States, and Latin America including the Caribbean. The program’s name, “100,000 Strong in the Americas,” indicates the goal: 100,000 students traveling for study abroad each year, in both directions.

With a desire for increased understanding in the Western Hemisphere and closer people-to-people ties, the White House said that it hopes that the program will help participating governments through these exchanges work together to address common challenges including citizen security, economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability.

The foundation for the academic and research exchanges will be to develop new and existing relationships between institutions of higher education in the United States and in the Americas. Participating institutions will include universities, community colleges, and states. EducationUSA, a U.S. government-supported network of more than 100 advising centers located around the region, will play a leading role in making connections between U.S. institutions of higher learning and students throughout the hemisphere.

The U.S. government is partnering with other governments throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to make scholarships available to students who want to study abroad. Qualified students can gain access to advising and placement services, as well as timely access to information about opportunities for education in the United States and such crucial matters as visas.

The Administration welcomes and expects participation of the private sector. Donations from organizations, businesses and individuals can expand the reach of existing programs or create new avenues for educational opportunities that complement the goals of donors. The U.S. government works in concert with programs such as Gilman, Fulbright and the Global Undergraduate Exchange, to allow the private sector to help increase the number of exchange students or enhance their opportunities.

Brazil has emerged as a key partner in the exchange initiative. During summer 2012, the Department of Commerce and EducationUSA will be sponsoring an Education Mission to Brazil, with the goal of connecting approximately 60 U.S. institutions of higher learning with prospective students and university partners in Brazil.

In addition, Brazil’s President Rousseff has championed that country’s Science Without Borders campaign which aims to fund more than 100,000 Brazilian scholars and university students in the fields of mathematics and science to conduct research and study abroad over a four year period. The government will fund 75,000 students, with the private sector funding the rest. More than half of the students are expected to conduct their studies in the United States, contributing greatly to the goals of President Obama’s 100,000 Strong program.

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Abren centro de asesoría para estudiantes que quieran cursar en EU

MILENIO ~ Política • 30 Julio 2012 - Notimex

El embajador estadounidense en México dijo que a principios de este mes se enviaron a 77 participantes para desarrollas sus habilidades de trabajo en equipo e inglés y a 120 profesores de inglés de la SEP para capacitarse.

Ciudad de México

El subsecretario de Estado de Estados Unidos, William Burns, y el embajador de ese país en México, Anthony Wayne, inauguraron un centro de asesoría en la Biblioteca Benjamín Franklin, enfocado a estudiantes que tengan interés en prepararse en aquella nación.

Ante el secretario de Educación Pública, José Ángel Córdova, y la secretaria de Estado adjunta para Asuntos del Hemisferio Occidental, Roberta S. Jacobson, Burns indicó que ello contribuye a "la meta del presidente Barack Obama de hacer crecer las oportunidades de intercambio estudiantil en las Américas".

Señaló que la educación es crítica para la comprensión mutua y para hacer frente a los retos compartidos, por lo que "este centro mejorado ofrece todos los recursos que los estudiantes mexicanos necesitan saber y lo que necesitan preparar para estudiar en Estados Unidos".

Aseguró que su país coopera con el gobierno de México, así como con instituciones públicas y privadas para asesorar, orientar, financiar, y dar acceso oportuno de visas a los estudiantes, y “estamos listos para darles la bienvenida a más estudiantes mexicanos”.

En su oportunidad, Anthony Wayne recordó que tan sólo durante los últimos dos meses se trabajó estrechamente con la SEP en dos de los programas estandarte de intercambio educativo, pues en junio se envió a 71 becarios Fulbright-García Robles a cursar sus estudios en Estados Unidos. Además como parte del programa “Jóvenes en acción”, a principios de este mes se enviaron a 77 participantes por cinco semanas para desarrollar su liderazgo y habilidades de trabajo en equipo e inglés, y 120 profesores de inglés de la SEP partieron este verano para capacitarse. “Juntos estamos preparando nuevos líderes que fortalecerán a nuestros dos países, y quisiera agradecer el apoyo de la SEP”, manifestó el embajador estadunidense.

Durante su visita a México, William Burns se reunió con la canciller Patricia Espinoza para dialogar sobre la relación bilateral y oportunidades de cooperación internacional, así como con becarios de programas de intercambio educativo. Por su parte el titular de la Secretaría de Educación Pública (SEP), José Ángel Córdova Villalobos, destacó que la relación bilateral entre México y Estados Unidos es una prioridad, lo que resulta en la estrecha relación que existe en todos los niveles educativos.

Indicó que la propuesta de incrementar a 100 mil la cantidad de alumnos estadunidenses que estudien en América Latina, y viceversa, es una medida que no sólo favorece el intercambio de estudiantes en el posgrado, sino que también impulsa la formación de recursos humanos a través de la capacitación de maestros.