LAU calls for increased U.S. support for American education abroad
LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra and the heads of four other international universities offering American education visit Washington, D.C.
From left: LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra, President Celeste M. Schenck of The American University of Paris, President David D. Arnold of the American University in Cairo who is currently heading AAICU, and President Christopher G.L. Hall of the American University in Kosovo.
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LAU President Joseph G. Jabbra and the heads of four other international universities offering American education visited Washington, D.C. from October 26–27 to call for additional federal support and increased recognition of U.S. higher education around the world.
Dr. Jabbra joined President David D. Arnold of the American University in Cairo, Rector Peter H. Armacost of Forman Christian College in Pakistan, President Christopher G.L. Hall of the American University in Kosovo and President Celeste M. Schenck of The American University of Paris.
The group met with administrators of government agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), as well as legislators who help decide America’s financial commitment to aid education around the world.
To the press, the group explained the value of American education around the world. Speaking to key industry publications like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed, the presidents emphasized the important role that American institutions abroad play in U.S. diplomatic efforts.
The visit was made under the banner of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities, an organization that groups and facilitates collaboration among 25 American institutions of higher learning operating outside of the United States.
Founded in 1971, AAICU member institutions educate thousands of students in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa, and also offer opportunities for American students to receive valuable cross-cultural experiences through education abroad. AAICU institutions have strong roots in their respective host countries and typically enjoy wide recognition in their international settings.
LAU and its sister schools throughout the world are recognized for bridging cultures and nations within the framework of the American liberal arts tradition, and for providing previously unknown opportunities for growth and prosperity to their students.
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