(Lincoln, Neb. January 5)—University of Nebraska President James B. Milliken will participate in the U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education in Washington D.C. today and tomorrow (Jan. 5-6). The Summit, hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, will focus on the importance of international education and will feature an address from President Bush.
Organized by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the conference will emphasize the importance of attracting international students to U.S. institutions and promoting foreign exchange and study abroad programs to American students.
“Few things are more important for students at the University of Nebraska, and students throughout the world, than global literacy—a balanced and thoughtful understanding of cultures and politics around the world,” Milliken said. “Through language study and foreign exchanges, and also by welcoming students and scholars from other countries to our campuses, our students and faculty are taking critical steps toward competing and thriving in a rapidly changing world.”
The Summit will include a limited number of invited participants from all 50 states, representing public and private research universities, historically black institutions, institutions that serve Hispanics, women’s colleges and colleges with religious affiliations. It will address a number of additional topics related to international education. According to a news release from the State Department, “participants will discuss marketing of U.S. higher education programs abroad, reaching out to underserved populations, understanding visa and regulatory processes, cooperating to meet exchange priorities, and utilizing fully the international education resources of community colleges. The Summit will also draw attention to the key investments required to strengthen international higher education for Americans, including increasing access to study abroad, encouraging non-traditional study abroad locations, strengthening non-traditional language acquisition, developing dynamic international strategies at U.S. universities and colleges, and engaging the public and private sectors in a shared national vision for the future.”