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IIE and U.S. Department of State Release Open Doors 2012 Findings

International Education Week Briefing

Open Doors 2012

On November 12, 2012, 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 2012 Report on International Educational Exchange.

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Open Doors Briefing at the National Press Club

The Open Doors findings were the topic of a briefing on November 13 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with Assistant Secretary of State 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 recognized "recognized the power of studying abroad to build bridges of understanding" and commented on the importance of international education and exchange. "For those of you already pursuing an education abroad I'm very grateful and wish you well. The ties of friendship and understanding your building are the most effective forms of diplomacy; they truly will help shape our common future. And to those students who have yet to study abroad, I urge you to stretch your boundaries and your imaginations and set off on your own adventures."

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Open Doors featured in the 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 USA Today, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. The Los Angeles Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 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 2012, 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 2012 International Enrollment survey that IIE conducted jointly with seven other major higher education organizations.

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Open Doors 2012

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