This week, Partners of the Americas observes the International Day to Eradicate Poverty. Inspired by an initiative by the PartnersCampus network, Partners would like to highlight the many ways in which our programs, projects, and members #endpoverty.
Yesterday, in celebration of International Education Week #IEW2017, we attended the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2017 briefing at the National Press Club. This year’s Open Doors report shows both improvements and declines in study abroad to and from the United States. Overall, the U.S. saw a 3.4% increase in international students and a 4% increase in U.S. students studying abroad.
It’s been a busy month for us at Partners of the Americas as we have had the pleasure of announcing the winners of 38 grants, totalling $1.2 million dollars. The winners were higher education institutions located across 7 continents, 27 countries, and 24 U.S. states. (Next time, Antarctica!).
The third major hemispheric 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund workshop will convene in Denver on May 29, coinciding with the newly sworn-in U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson traveling to Mexico City to start her new position. With these milestones, 100,000 Strong in the Americas is poised to launch to a new level of engagement and impact.
I heard that phrase a lot during my internship with Partners of the Americas’ Program Development unit last fall in Washington, D.C., but did not fully understand it. I immediately saw that the internship would not be mundane; I got to experience all of the inner workings of the NGO with days as exciting as a full time employee.
Argentina was not prepared for the strong impact generated by U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit. Like every president, he has successes and failures, both domestically and internationally. However it is impossible not to think of him as one of the best prepared men on earth to carry out a process of dialogue and understanding with any other political party.