While this may have been the chilliest South American winter in recent memory, a thaw in diplomatic relations between Argentina and the United States is palpable in the fresh air. And nothing is more indicative of these proverbial “winds of change” than the string of recent visits by high-ranking US Officials. After over a decade of standoffish postures, it seems that the two governments have finally found some common ground on regional and global issues.
President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Argentina this past March was a clear sign that our two countries are developing a better understanding of one another and are willing to work together to improve overall conditions in the western hemisphere. On the heels of Obama’s visit came yet another gesture of friendship and cooperation from up North when the wife of the Vice President, Dr. Jill Biden, came to Buenos Aires and announced the creation of 1,000 new Fulbright scholarships for Argentine students. And most recently, Secretary of State John Kerry spent two days in our fair city attending meetings on bilateral relations. So, you might ask, what has been the common thread tying their message together? An emphasis on quality higher education in the region.
Dating back to the 1840s, when Domingo Sarmiento toured classrooms of the United States to observe the different levels of the education system, luminaries from Jorge Newbery to Dr René Favaloro have opted for higher education in the United States. Last year over 2000 Argentine students enrolled in US universities, a figure that increased almost 8% from the previous year. But today, the international education super highway goes both ways. Thanks in part to Obama’s ‘’100,000 Strong’’ initiative, which encourages student exchange between our two cultures, Argentina is the number one destination for United States students in Latin America.
The United States Ambassador to Argentina, the honorable Noah Mamet, has made it a priority to continue this tradition of focusing on Higher Education. The United States embassy, ICANA, and The Fulbright Commission would like to welcome you to our 14th annual EducationUSA University fair. The fair will be held at the Hotel Emperador, Avenida Libertador 420, on Thursday, September 15th from 4:30 to 8:30 PM. Registration is free to all who would like to attend and can be completed by clicking on the following link: http://educationusafair.org/buenos-aires/
EducationUSA is a U.S. Department of State network of over 400 international student advising centers in more than 170 countries. The network promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the U.S. higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals. EducationUSA is your official source on U.S. higher education.
The fair will provide students with an chance to interact face to face with representatives from 25 different universities such as University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), New York University, University of Arkansas, Virginia Tech, and the University of Southern California just to name a few. So, come one, come all. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to rub elbows with recruiters from top notch schools from all over the USA!