Fulbright Conference about the Future of Fulbright Programs in Europe
This week, Fulbright Czech Republic hosts a conference about the future of the Fulbright Program in Europe. Director of the Commission Hana Ripkova explained that, during the four-day event, directors of other European Commissions, diplomats from European U.S. Embassies, and other representatives of the Fulbright Program in the U.S. discuss current trends in international education, the need to adjust the Fulbright programs to turbulent worldwide conditions, and about changing needs of grantees who set off for their Fulbright stays. Hana Ripková highlighted that: “In the Czech Republic and in Europe, the Fulbright Program has a wonderful name and history, but it is crucial to discuss new program development to flexibly respond to the current needs of partner countries and the U.S.”
Director General for Higher Education, Science and Research section of the Czech Ministry of Education Radka Wildová emphasized that: “The Fulbright Program is one of the best examples of binational academic programs, and alumni of the Fulbright program on both sides of the Atlantic – as well as their spouses and children – often say that their Fulbright stay was a life-changing experience.
Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs in the U.S. Department of State highlighted that: “Fulbright and the shared values we promote are the bedrock of the U.S. relationship with Europe, and we recognize that your unwavering support of Fulbright makes our partnership that much stronger. Whatever the issue, our partnership ensures we will always find ways to collaboratively develop solutions.”