FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
18 U.S. Institutions of Higher Education Awarded Capacity Building Grants
to Expand and Diversify Participation in Study Abroad
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 7, 2016: The U.S. Department of State and Partners of the Americas are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Capacity Building Grants for U.S. Undergraduate Study Abroad. These 18 institutions will be awarded up to $50,000 to increase and diversify participation in study abroad on their campuses. These grants will help ensure that U.S. institutions are able to: 1) provide students with opportunities to gain global knowledge and skills through a study abroad opportunity; 2) increase the overall number and diversity of student participation in study abroad; 3) establish and maintain strong international partnerships; and 4) diversify the fields of study and the destinations where students are studying and/or interning for academic credit. A full listing of the 2016 grant recipients and a description of their proposed projects can be found here.
“Our diverse higher education system should strive to make study abroad experiences available to as many American students as possible. Today’s toughest challenges cross international borders, and study abroad gives students the skills and diverse perspectives they need to succeed in the classroom and in their careers,” Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said.
“Study abroad is one of the most important tools we can provide our students. Partners of the Americas is proud to implement the U.S. Department of State’s Capacity Building Grants Program to promote diversity in study abroad at a global level. It is important to leverage this support to help the academic community grow these critical globally focused opportunities in the future,” Steve Vetter, President and CEO of Partners of the Americas, said.
The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs builds relations between the people of the United States and people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, professional and private exchanges, as well as public-private partnerships and mentoring programs. These exchange programs improve foreign relations and strengthen the national security of the United States. The State Department is committed to supporting the next generation of diverse American leaders to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a globalizing world. Learn more at studyabroad.state.gov or via Twitter @ECAatState and with #StudyAbroadBecause.
The mission of Partners of the Americas is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, D.C. Learn more at www.partners.net or via Twitter @partnersamerica.
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