By Britt Mercadante, Global Ties U.S.
ExchangeMatters, July/August 2014
The world is growing more and more interconnected each day. This simple fact is reflected in the rise in number of international students attending American colleges and universities. According to the Open Doors report released by IIE, the number of international students enrolled in U.S. institutions for the 2012/13 academic school year climbed to a record high of 819,644. This represents a 7% increase over the previous academic year as well as a 40% surge from over a decade ago. Hailing from countries all over the world, particularly China, South Korea, and India, the United States continues to be international students' preferred destination for higher education.
But despite the impact these students can have on strengthening ties between individuals and nations, there remains a significant challenge in ensuring that they have a positive and diverse experience. Though many universities offer opportunities for international students to integrate into the university and the surrounding community, many struggle to find opportunities that allow them to experience the true diversity that the United States can offer.
In this issue:
Go inside the U.S. Department of State Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy in an interview with Executive Director Katherine Brown.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, and learn how the civil rights movement inspires activists at home and abroad.
Columbus International Visitors Council
Since 1965, the Columbus International Visitors Council has been building partnerships between Central Ohioans and citizens of other countries that strengthen democratic ideals, encourage economic development, and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of ideas and knowledge. Christopher Washington, a board member, recently shared his perspective on the importanct of citizen diplomacy.