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Obama Trade Official leads historic Education Mission in Brazil


Brasília, September 6, 2012 – U.S. Commerce Undersecretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez led 66 premier U.S. colleges and universities on their largest ever education service mission in Brazil from August 30 to September 5, 2012. The mission was a joint program between the U.S. Department of State’s EducationUSA Advising Centers and the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the delegation explored opportunities for international student recruitment, exchanges and partnerships with higher education institutions. Currently, more than 8,700 Brazilian students attend U.S. colleges and universities.

The mission included education sector briefings and a student fair in each city. Additional outreach and networking opportunities took place at local high schools, universities and trade associations. Undersecretary Sanchez also opened the EducationUSA fair in each city.  In Brasilia, Undersecretary Sanchez met with leaders from the Ministries of Development and Commerce; Science and Technology, and Innovation and Education, as well as the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). In Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, he met with university and business leaders as well as the Rio Olympic Committee.

This visit was built on the shared commitments of President Obama and President Rousseff to globalize the education of our young people and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. It advanced strategic educational initiatives of both countries, including President Dilma Rousseff’s Science without Borders scholarship program in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and President Barack Obama’s “100,000 Strong in the Americas” initiative, which strives to foster regional prosperity through greater international exchange of students. The goal of the U.S.-led initiative is to increase the number of Latin American and Caribbean students studying in the United States to 100,000, and the number of U.S. students studying in those regions to 100,000 as well.

The Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration promotes U.S. education as a service, drawing on the world class reputation of the U.S. higher education system. EducationUSA, supported by the U.S. Department of State and the United States Mission to Brazil, has the aim of promoting mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through student mobility.

List of the U.S. colleges and universities which participated in the mission:

  1. Agnes Scott College – Decatur, Ga.
  2. Auburn University at Montgomery – Montgomery, Ala.
  3. Boston University – Boston, Mass.
  4. California State University, East Bay – Hayward, Calif.
  5. California State University, Northridge – Northridge, Calif.
  6. California State University, Sacramento – Sacramento, Calif.
  7. Columbia University – New York, N.Y.
  8. Eastern Connecticut State University – Willimantic, Conn.
  9. Emporia State University – Emporia, Kan.
  10. Foothill and De Anza Colleges – Los Altos, Calif.
  11. Grand Valley State University – Allendale, Mich.
  12. Hawaii Pacific University – Honolulu, Hawaii
  13. Hofstra University – Hempstead, N.Y.
  14. Indiana University - Bloomington – Bloomington, Ind.
  15. Long Island University – Brooklyn, N.Y.
  16. Longwood University – Farmville, Va.
  17. Loyola University Chicago – Chicago, Ill.
  18. Luther College – Decorah, Iowa
  19. Michigan State University – Lansing, Mich.
  20. Minot State University – Minot, N.D.
  21. National University – La Jolla, Calif.
  22. New York Film Academy – New York, N.Y.
  23. Purdue University – West Lafayette, Ind.
  24. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey – Piscataway, N.J.
  25. Saint Martin’s University – Lacey, Wash.
  26. San Jose State University – San Jose, Calif.
  27. Savannah College of Art & Design – Savannah, Ga.
  28. Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, Ill.
  29. State University of New York at Albany – Albany, N.Y.
  30. State University of New York at Buffalo – Buffalo, N.Y.
  31. State University of New York at Stony Brook – Stony Brook, N.Y.
  32. State University of New York Institute of Technology – Utica, N.Y.
  33. State University of New York at Plattsburgh – Plattsburgh, N.Y.
  34. Texas A&M University – College Station, Texas.
  35. Texas Tech University – Lubbock, Texas
  36. The College of New Jersey – Ewing, N.J.
  37. Tompkins Cortland Community College – Dryden, N.Y.
  38. Troy University – Troy, Ala.
  39. Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Ala.
  40. University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  41. University of California Los Angeles Extension – Los Angeles, Calif.
  42. University of California - Irvine – Irvine, Calif.
  43. University of California – San Diego – La Jolla, Calif.
  44. University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio
  45. University of Findlay – Findlay, Ohio
  46. University of Florida - ELI – Gainesville, Fla.
  47. University of Idaho – Moscow, Idaho
  48. University of Iowa – Iowa City, Iowa
  49. University of Kentucky – Lexington, Ky.
  50. University of Minnesota Law School – Minneapolis, Minn.
  51. University of Missouri-St. Louis – St. Louis, Mo.
  52. University of Nebraska at Lincoln – Lincoln, Neb.
  53. University of North Texas – Denton, Texas
  54. University of Rhode Island – Kingston, R.I.
  55. University of San Diego School of Law – San Diego, Calif.
  56. University of South Carolina – Columbia, S.C.
  57. University of Southern California School of Engineering – Los Angeles, Calif.
  58. University of Southern California – Los Angeles, Calif.
  59. University of Tennessee - Knoxville – Knoxville, Tenn.
  60. University of Toledo – Toledo, Ohio
  61. Valdosta State University – Valdosta, Ga.
  62. Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, Va.
  63. Western New England University – Springfield, Mass.
  64. Western Oregon University – Monmouth, Ore.
  65. Willamette University – Salem, Ore.
  66. Xavier University of Louisiana – New Orleans, La.