During today’s press conference, launching President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative: Vice President Joe Biden confirmed that the plan was to double the flow of educational exchange between the U.S. and its American neighbors so that at least 70,000 U.S. students were studying every year in other American countries.
Biden also stated that learning Spanish and Portuguese was just as important for U.S. studenst as learning English was for students coming to the U.S.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that an initial $3.65 million had been raised to promote study abroad and encourage more educational exchange.
100,000 Strong in the Americas supports the President’s emphasis on increasing access to high quality post-secondary education, increasing collaboration and innovation, and strengthening jobs and middle-class professional opportunities. As President Obama said in a speech in Mexico City last year, “When we study together and we learn together; we work together and we prosper together.”
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