President Obama launched 100,000 Strong in the Americas in 2011 to increase the flow of university-level exchange students between the United States and the countries of the Americas to 100,000 annually in each direction. Greater educational opportunity and exchange for our young people will make our region more competitive -- developing new skills, building bridges across borders, and ultimately improving relations between the United States and our neighbors. The success of our region depends on having a highly-skilled and educated workforce that can thrive in the global economy.
According to the annual Department of State-funded Open Doors report, since 100,000 Strong was launched the number of Latin American and Caribbean students studying in the United States has increased 4 percent to approximately 67,000. The number of American students studying in Latin America and the Caribbean has jumped 12 percent to approximately 45,000.
Only by studying, learning, and working together can we take advantage of the growing opportunities in the Western Hemisphere and prosper together. To learn more and see how you can get involved, please visit www.100kstrongamericas.org.
About the Author: Saúl Hernández serves as the Digital Media Advisor for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
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