The United States prioritizes International Education through a new coordinated strategy

27 July 2021
Posted by Study Group

The United States prioritizes International Education through a new coordinated strategy

International students hoping to study in the United States have received further positive news this week as America announced plans to introduce the nation’s first-ever coordinated approach to international education.

In a joint statement by the U.S. Departments of State and Education on 26 July 2021, the U.S. government has pledged “to support a renewed focus on international education.” This unified approach will concentrate on recruitment of international students to the USA, as well as international research collaboration, and the internationalization of American campuses and classrooms, among other initiatives.

The coordinated approach will translate positive welcome into tangible policies aimed at welcoming and retaining educational links across the globe. U.S. Federal agencies will encourage international education and implement “fair, efficient, and transparent” student-visa processes. The initiative follows an announcement earlier in July that President Biden would cancel the proposal to limit student visas to four years by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who cited the lasting impact of his own experience studying overseas and meeting foreign leaders who describe the importance of their experience studying in the U.S.

Responding to the announcement, Joshua Rubin, Study Group’s Executive Vice President for Higher Education in North America, commended the plan:

“This is tremendous news for all who value American international education and another example of the Biden administration’s commitment to ensuring that international students are properly welcomed and supported in their studies in the U.S. It is particularly positive to know that this plan will be embraced at all levels. Progressive countries have always embraced the benefits of international education, so it is especially exciting to see America redoubling its historic welcome of students from around the world.

“Now the challenge is to listen to the needs and hopes of international students to ensure the United States can continue its reputation as a true home of quality international education. Certainly, it is clear to all of us at Study Group that international students make exceptional contributions to higher education and that our North American university partners strongly benefit from the presence of these students. We are thrilled to see such support from government officials and look forward to continuing to welcome international students here.”

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