Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to Convene Quarterly Meeting in Washington, DC November 14 in Celebration of International Education Week

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 9, 2012

The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) will hold its quarterly meeting in Washington, DC on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (State Annex 5, 2200 C Street, NW, Washington, DC - 5th Floor, Conference Room 05R12). Established by the U.S. Congress and appointed by the President of the United States, the board sets worldwide policies for the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange; selects the students, scholars, teachers, and other participants; and promotes the Program around the globe.

Board members will celebrate International Education Week (November 12-16, 2012) highlighting this year’s theme of “International Education: Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society.” Throughout the week, students, educators and citizens will be celebrating in classrooms and communities worldwide, promoting the value of international study for American students and attracting future leaders from other countries to study, learn, and experience the United States. Among other events in the nation’s capital, Board members will take part in kicking off the week at the annual Open Doors Report press briefing, hosted by the Institute of International Education to release current data and trends in international education (National Press Club, November 13 at 9:30am).

The Board meeting on November 14 will include four mid-day sessions open to the public:

11:30am: South and Central Asia region Fulbright Branch Report to the Board -- South and Central Asia Branch Chief Sue Borja, Office of Academic Exchange Programs; and Board Reader Report – FFSB Chairman Tom Healy

12:30pm: Office of Academic Programs Report and Discussion -- Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Meghann Curtis

12:50pm: Academic Exchange Programs Report and Discussion -- Office of Academic Exchange Programs Director Mary Kirk

1:10pm: Fulbright-Hays Program Report and Discussion – Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Director of International and Foreign Language Education Sylvia W. Crowder, Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education

Media and members of the public interested in attending the public sessions may contact the individual listed below.

The 10 current board members hail from eight states — Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania — and the District of Columbia. They are available for media interviews.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is supported by the United States and partner countries around the world. Since 1946, over 310,000 Fulbrighters from more than 155 countries have studied, taught, conducted research, exchanged ideas and contributed to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Media Contact: Catherine Stearns, StearnsCL@state.gov, phone 202-203-7025

PRN: 2012/1776