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Statement on International Education Week 2001

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
August 7, 2001

During International Education Week, November 12-16, the Department of State recognizes the role that international education and exchange play in strengthening our nation and our relations with other countries.

Among the State Departmentís best-known activities is the Fulbright scholarship program, which since its inception has given nearly a quarter of a million Americans and foreign citizens the opportunity to study and teach abroad. We are proud that the high quality of American colleges and universities attracts students and scholars from around the world. These individuals enrich our communities with their academic abilities and cultural diversity, and they return home with an increased understanding and often a lasting affection for the United States. I can think of no more valuable asset to our country than the friendship of future world leaders who have been educated here.

At the same time, it is important for American students to learn other languages, experience foreign cultures, and develop a broad understanding of global issues. I am pleased that our new Gilman International Scholarship program will open study abroad opportunities to students with financial need, thus increasing both the number and diversity of participants in international exchanges.

International education prepares our citizens to live, work, and compete in the global economy, and promotes tolerance and the reduction of conflict. In November 2001 U.S. embassies around the world will carry out activities in support of International Education Week. I encourage schools, businesses and communities to join with us in commemorating International Education Week.



Released on August 7, 2001

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