5th Annual EducationUSA Forum Convenes U.S. Higher Education

June 16, 2014

The fifth annual EducationUSA Forum will take place in Washington, D.C. June 23-25, bringing together more than 60 EducationUSA regional experts and 550 U.S. College and association representatives. Although a record number of international students studied in the United States last year, there is still a need to increase and diversify international student enrollment. This forum is an opportunity to discuss strategies for recruiting international students while also encouraging more U.S. students to study abroad. 

Assistant Secretary Evan Ryan will launch the Forum and highlight education diplomacy priorities. Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy, Richard Stengel, will host a special plenary conversation with university presidents to examine the impact of internationalization across institutions. On Monday evening, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser, Ben Rhodes, will address participants at the opening reception. 

As Secretary Kerry has said, international education increases individual and national competiveness for a globalized 21st century workforce. To ensure all students have the opportunity to benefit from an international education, the Forum will have a special focus on inclusiveness. Featured thematic sessions will include recruitment of LGBT students and students with disabilities. 

Many governments are investing in sending their students abroad, consequently; the forum will offer specialized information to help U.S. institutions access foreign government scholarship programs.  More than 30 members of the diplomatic community are expected to participate in a global showcase on Tuesday during which they will discuss their governments’ priorities for higher education exchange and collaboration with U.S. representatives. Participants will also receive updates on signature Presidential initiatives including 100,000 Strong in China and the Americas.

EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State-supported network of more than 400 advising centers located in 171 countries around the world. Each year, EducationUSA advisers provide millions of international students with accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to U.S. colleges and universities. EducationUSA staff also work with U.S. higher education professionals to promote international student recruitment and U.S. study abroad.