Stakeholders will celebrate International Education Week in 2022 for a variety of reasons; some claim that cultural interaction is the closest thing we’ll have to superpowers.

The US Department of State and the Department of Education are collaborating on IEW, which will take place from November 14 to 18, with the goal of “promoting programs that would prepare Americans for a global environment and to attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences.”

In reference to this year’s theme, “Open for Opportunity,” US secretary of education Miguel Cardona declared, “America is open for opportunity this IEW and every day.” According to him, participating in international exchange programs will help students develop their social, emotional, critical thinking, and collaborative abilities as well as their ability to think globally.

Every year, IEW and the Open Doors Report, which this year indicated an almost pre-pandemic level of US study abroad, coincide.

US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken talked about his own experience of going abroad to study when he was a young adult. It aided him in developing a viewpoint that he still holds today, allowing him to see his own country through the eyes of others.

As well as studying abroad, both Americans and immigrants contribute their skills, viewpoints, and cultures to their new communities, he noted.

International students, he continued, may promote knowledge and research, generate innovation, and create cross-border relationships.

In a video posted by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Blinken stated that such coordinated efforts are essential to addressing the world’s concerns, including battling pandemics and climate change as well as promoting economic opportunity and human rights.

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