By: Matthew H. Tueller
U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
The United States Embassy in Sana’a is proud to support International Education Week in Yemen (November 17-21). This week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Throughout the next five days, we will highlight programs that will prepare students to take on the challenges of the 21st century and we hope to welcome even more Yemeni students to our colleges and universities.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of International Education Week. By supporting local events that will take place over the coming days, we are demonstrating our commitment to providing the information you need to begin your own study in the U.S. Our partner, AMIDEAST, is your source for accurate and reliable information. Through weekly advising sessions at AMIDEAST in Sana’a and Aden, hopeful students can learn about the opportunities we offer students to study and participate in our many exchange programs.
Students who participate in education abroad gain the knowledge, skills, and self-confidence that are needed to compete in today’s globalized economy. In fact, studies show that employers are increasingly interested in international experience—and second language fluency—among job applicants.
Therefore, to equip them for the future, the United States offers Yemeni students a wide range of opportunities beginning at the high school level (YES program) all the way to university and beyond (Fulbright).
You do not need to leave Yemen, however, to learn about the wider world around you. The U.S. Embassy also offers the widely acclaimed Access program right here in Yemen, which provides scholarships to high school students to learn English and prepares them to be global citizens.
I strongly believe that international education is for everyone. Last year, the United States issued over 530,000 visas to students, 500 of whom were from Yemen. We want to increase that number and invite all interested students to find out more and apply to our programs.
International exchange connects students, scholars, and emerging leaders from around the world, enabling them to collaborate and tackle today’s shared challenges. By introducing international students—and even more Yemenis—to the excellence and diversity of U.S. higher education institutions, we can create a more secure and stable world. From all of us at the Embassy, we hope to see you next year in the United States!