Monday, February 14, 2011

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) Celebrates 70 Years!

The following is information copied from the description of this ExchangeConnect YouTube channel video:

Now in its 70th year, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. The IVLP connects current and emerging foreign leaders with their American counterparts through short-term programs that foster greater coordination, communication, and collaboration on foreign policy issues. The IVLP has a profound and positive impact on the participants -- and their 80,000 American hosts -- to bridge cultural and political divides and cultivate lasting relationships that help address the challenges that face us all. Nearly 200,000 distinguished individuals have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program, including more than 300 current and former Chiefs of State and Heads of Government, and thousands of leaders from the public and private sectors. 

1 comment:

  1. It is apparent that with Obama infusing more capital into programs such as these, we will continue to see more diversity in our college educational systems. I was unfamiliar with IVLP before reading this posting, and its existence as I am sure most Americans are unaware of these educational exchanges. I wonder if the IVLP did a bit better job of enlightening the public as to their existence and mission statement, possibly more students would go abroad? I welcome any comments in reply as this is obviously a successful program having survived 70 years, but still an unknow quantity in the grand scheme of higher education.