November 16-20, 2015 will mark the 16th annual International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State to celebrate the importance of international education in the United States and around the world. This year’s theme is “Access for All,” underscoring the U.S. government’s commitment to welcoming students from diverse backgrounds to our universities and schools.
The 2015 Open Doors Report, which tracks international students in the United States, shows a 6 percent increase in Palestinians studying in the United States in 2014-2015 when compared to the previous year. The U.S. government’s commitment to supporting educational opportunities for Palestinians is stronger than ever before. USAID has invested more than $50 million in Palestinian schools and universities. The American Consulate General recruits approximately 300 Palestinian students, academics, and professionals annually to travel to the United States on exchange programs and 2,350 Palestinian high school students each year participate in the English Access Microscholarship Program – the largest in the world.
During the month of November, the American Consulate General in Jerusalem and EducationUSA in the West Bank and Gaza commemorate International Education Week with a series of opportunities which underscore the importance of education to build job skills among Palestinian youth and prepare them to be strong leaders and global citizens. Last week the Consul General gathered with Palestinian university presidents and expressed his intention to help strengthen bonds between Palestinian and American educational institutions. During the launch event for International Education Week on November 16, Consul General Donald Blome said, “I can assure you that Palestinian students in America – and there were more than 450 studying in high schools and universities last year –- make extraordinary ambassadors, building those personal friendships and shaping the views of every American they meet.”
For more information please contact the Consulate General Press Office at 02-622-6909 or Information Specialist Naser Ideis 0545420943