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Education Abroad Forum and international education and exchange leaders announce new coalition

CARLISLE, Pa., November 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Together with industry leaders, the Education Abroad Forum announces the formation of the International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange, a group of U.S. and international businesses, of NGOs, elected and community leaders, institutions of higher learning and individuals who believe that bringing people together through education and international exchange can help solve the world’s biggest problems.

“The Forum is proud to launch this initiative with our industry partners,” said Melissa Torres, President and CEO of the Education Abroad Forum. “We are at a critical moment in the international education and exchange community. The near-total suspension of student and youth mobility due to the global pandemic and pressures on businesses and institutions around the world could too easily lead to long-term disengagement. We believe that more global connections, not less, will be crucial in the years to come as we recover as a global community from this threat, and as education and international trade can and should be at the forefront of this re-emergence.

The mission of the International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange is to connect international education and exchange stakeholders for shared media outreach, advocacy and research that convincingly demonstrates the critical value of global engagement and public diplomacy to achieve a more collaborative and peaceful environment. world. The coalition will publish a white paper and has scheduled a virtual launch event in early December.

About the International Coalition for Global Education and Trade

The International Coalition for Global Education and Trade is an organizing initiative of institutions, organizations, businesses, families, chambers of commerce, business and trade associations, and community leaders who embrace and support international education and exchange programs. The initiative is coordinated by the Education Abroad Forum. The founding members of the International Coalition, in addition to the Forum, are CIEE, Cultural Vistas, IES Abroad, InterExchange, ISEP, Rutgers Universitylearning about the world and San Diego State University.

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About the Education Abroad Forum

The Forum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission as the Standards Development Organization (SDO) for education abroad. The Forum offers training and Resources education professionals abroad and their Good practice standards are recognized as the definitive means by which the quality of study abroad programs can be judged. The Forum’s mission is to develop educators who champion high-quality educational experiences abroad that spark curiosity, impact lives, and contribute to a better world.

The 800+ of the Forum institutional members include American colleges and universities, foreign institutions, consortia, agencies, organizations, and foundations committed to improving education abroad. Under the strategic direction of the Board of Directors, Forum staff develop and manage programs, resources, services and member benefits. The Forum Board represents the interests of Forum members, communicates needs on the ground, and works collaboratively with Forum staff to assess and advance initiatives. The Forum relies heavily on the expertise of colleagues inside and outside the field of overseas education, and much of the Forum’s work is accomplished through the support of committees, groups staff, facilitators, evaluators, reviewers and volunteers.

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About Education and International Exchange

International education and exchange includes many different types of programs, in the United States and around the world, including high school and college/university study abroad, international students and scholars enrolled in U.S. institutions, international work experiences, volunteering, internships and guided trips. . International education and exchange programs provide young people with the skills to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world, while strengthening ties between the United States and other countries.

  • International students contributed more than $41 billion to the U.S. economy in 2019, and created or supported more than 458,290 jobs through United States in several sectors.
  • 1 in 3 global leaders are alumni of the US Department of State’s exchange program.
  • Only 10% of American college graduates have studied abroad; they are twice as likely to graduate as students who are not, and employers prioritize international experiences in global recruitment.
  • Participants from more than 200 countries and territories visit the United States each year as part of J-1 BridgeUSA programs, many of whom come from countries critical to U.S. foreign policy.

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Media Contact:
Lindsay McCauslinDirector of Membership and Outreach, The Education Abroad Forum
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SOURCE The Education Abroad Forum