Internationalization of U.S. Education in the 21st Century

The Future of International and Foreign Language Studies

A Research Conference on National Needs and Policy Implications

April 11-13, 2014


Williamsburg Lodge

310 S England St, Williamsburg, VA 23187ý


Sponsored by the Coalition for International Education and the College of
William & Mary


With generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Henry
Luce Foundation and the following: African Studies Association, American
Councils for International Education, Association for Asian Studies,
Association for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, and Middle East
Studies Association


The United States faces an urgent education issue that will directly affect
our nation’s wellbeing for generations to come:  the global competence of
Americans.  Global competence includes deep expertise in the languages and
cultures of other nations and regions, to basic understanding of the rest of
the world and the United States’ role today.  It ensures our national
security, economic competitiveness, and foreign policy leadership.  In
short, global competence enables Americans to understand and cooperate with
others to meet global challenges at home and abroad in the 21st century.
Yet international and foreign language education—the essential means to
building global competence—is in jeopardy due to shifts in institutional
priorities and shrinking public and private investment.


Join leaders in academia, K-12 education, business, government, and the NGO
sectors for timely research and discussion of national human resource needs
and strategies for enabling U.S. educational institutions to address the
broad national policy goals to: 


Ensure a globally competent citizenry and workforce


Strengthen the U.S. ability to solve global problems


Produce international experts and knowledge for national needs


Please register by March 15th.  We encourage early registration, as space is

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