Secretary of State Kerry Vows to Get to Work on Exchanges
Remarks at Yout Connect: Berlin and the Year of Italian Culture Event
John Kerry, Secretary of State
February 26 and 28, 2013
Excerpt from the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange:
"I believe in our need in America to have every student learn a language. We need to do better at that. We need to travel more. We need to be reaching out more. And I hope we can encourage that ... President Obama has committed even more to exchange programs. And he has a very significant initiative with Latin America now. We’re trying to bring more students both directions. We have the Fulbright program, as you know. We have a certain number of scholarships. It’s my hope we can create some more scholarships in the next days, and we’re working at some ideas about how to do that.
At the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs a few days later, Kerry highlighted exchanges as one important part of the close U.S-Italian ties, specifically in regards to culture: 'We have generations of people who have grown up, exchange students coming back and forth, Italian students coming to America, Americans coming here, people have grown up either looking at and learning from Galileo or listening to and dreaming from Verdi or laughing to Benigni. And it’s a wonderful kind of connection.”'
Read more from U.S. Department of State, Remarks at Youth Connect: Berlin and Remarks at Year of Itlaian Cultural Event