Open Doors Press Briefing 2011

IIE and U.S. Department of State Release Open Doors 2011 Findings

International Education Week Briefing

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On November 14, 2011, the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs released the latest statistics and trends on international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad from the new Open Doors 2011 Report on International Educational Exchange.


Open Doors Briefing at the National Press Club

The Open Doors findings were the topic of a briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State (R) Ann Stock, in conjunction with the worldwide observance of International Education Week. The event included a presentation of the data and a lively conversation about international education among the assembled group of more than 200 educators, US and foreign government representatives, international associations, and members of the press.

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton featured in video

In a special video address Secretary Clinton called international education a “growth industry” and commented on the importance of international education and exchange. "Study abroad can be one of the most rewarding experiences in a young person's life. International students enrich classrooms and communities with their ideas, perspectives and cultures. And when they return home they bring new knowledge, new perspectives, and a deeper understanding of the world."

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CSPAN looks at State Department role in international education

Assistant Secretary of State Ann Stock and IIE president Allan Goodman were the guests on a live call in segment on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal TV and radio broadcast, taking questions from callers across America.

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Open Doors featured in Worldwide News

International students and study abroad were the headlines for news articles in media outlets across the United States and around the world. The top news from Open Doors was featured in news articles in the New York Times and Washington Post, the Times of India, Economic Times, Times Higher (UK). The Los Angeles Times, Columbus Dispatch, and other papers around the country reported on the impact of international education on universities and communities in their regions.

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New Data and highlights on Open Doors website

On the Open Doors website, you can access the new data from Open Doors 2011, the annual report on student mobility, as well as press releases and background information to help explain the trends. Open Doors contains extensive data and analysis on numbers of foreign students and scholars on U.S. campuses and American students studying abroad, and is supported by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

On the Open Doors page, you can also access the results of a Fall 2011 International Enrollment survey that IIE conducted jointly with seven other major higher education organizations, and a Fall 2011 Study Abroad survey that IIE conducted with the Forum on Education Abroad.


Visit the Open Doors website for several press releases, data tables, and regional, country and U.S. state sheets pertaining to global student mobility.

Visit IIE in the News for articles about Open Doors 2011 and global student mobility in the New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, Guardian, Economic Times and more.

Media Contacts

Sharon Witherell
Director, Public Affairs
Tel: +1 212.984.5380
E-mail: switherell@iie.org

Maria Baum
Media Relations Specialist
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E-mail: mbaum@iie.org