Greetings from Brasilia!
Yesterday's Global Partnership Dialogue marked the culmination of a great deal of work by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), as well as many other parts of the State Department.
My day was centered on meetings of the Education Working Group, which I led alongside Minister George Torquato Firmeza, the Director of the Cultural Division at Brazil's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We were both excited to discuss new and developing avenues of cooperation and encouraged by the progress our delegations made.
People-to-people exchange programs dominated the Education Working Group conversation. President Obama and President Rousseff have made academic and research collaboration a priority between the United States and Brazil, and both are encouraging more study abroad with their complementary "100,000 Strong in the Americas" and "Science Without Borders" initiatives. Together, we're already making those goals a reality.
We also agreed to deepen our dialogue linking education, scientific research, and innovation through the Fulbright-Science Without Borders Scholar and Distinguished Chair Awards and expanding internship opportunities for Science Without Borders students in the United States. Our joint efforts build on years of cooperation, especially between our academic and scientific communities.
More to come tomorrow -- stay tuned!
Editor's Note: Assistant Secretary Ann Stock is on travel with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Brazil April 16-17. On April 17, she accompanies Secretary Clinton to the First Annual High-Level Meeting of the Open Government Partnership. Follow @AnnAtState on Twitter for updates on her travel and more on U.S. educational partnerships with Brazil.