Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NAFSA and Obama’s Agenda

With President Obama calling for a renewal of the U.S. relationship with the rest of the world, NAFSA has released its vision of what that global leadership should lead to.

The full statement is available at NAFSA’s site, but the specific calls by the organization include:
  • Everyone who graduates from college in this country should have a basic understanding of the world beyond our shores and be proficient in a foreign language.
  • At least one million American college students — four times the current number — should study abroad each year in high quality programs around the globe and for academic credit.
  • International students and scholars who wish to pursue their academic objectives in our country should be able to do so, and we should ensure that they feel welcome in our midst.
  • International exchange and volunteer-service programs should be significantly increased, and Americans should be challenged by renewed calls to international service for the sake of their country and the world, as President Kennedy did nearly 50 years ago.

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