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Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement (US Dept. of Ed)

The U.S. Department of Education has established its first-ever, fully articulated international strategy. The strategy is designed to simultaneously advance two strategic goals: strengthening U.S. education and advancing our nation’s international priorities. The strategy reflects the value and necessity of:

  • a world-class education for all students;
  • global competencies for all students;
  • international benchmarking and applying lessons learned from other countries; and
  • education diplomacy and engagement with other countries.

The international strategy for 2012–16 affirms the Department’s commitment to preparing today’s youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world, and to engaging with the international community to improve education. It reflects ongoing work in implementing international education programs, participating in international benchmarking activities, and working closely with other countries and multilateral organizations to engage in strategic dialogue. 1 At the same time, it reflects a deliberate shift to a systematic and integrated approach to international engagement based on the goals and objectives of the strategy. The strategy, which the Department has already begun to implement, will be used to guide the Department’s activities and allocation of resources to reflect the highest priority and most strategic topics, parts of the world, and activities.

This international strategy was developed through extensive consultation within the Department of Education and with other U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations. Many stakeholders offered their perspectives and recommendations for how the Department should approach international education and the path forward.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012