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2008-2009 U.S. Fulbright-Gracía Robles Grantees Arrive in Mexico

Statement by Ambassador Antonio O. Garza

Mexico City, August 27, 2008- “Today 80 students and professors from across the United States began their Fulbright fellowships in Mexico. They will spend this academic year based in cities and towns across Mexico, where some of them will teach English, some will work in Mexican companies, and some will study topics ranging from history, to biology, to art. They will be based in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Jalisco, the Yucatan, and other parts of the country. No matter what their focus or where they are located, all of them will learn much about Mexico and teach Mexicans about the United States as well.

“I am pleased that so many U.S. students and professionals have chosen to deepen their knowledge of Mexico by coming here. Our two countries have much to learn from one another, and Fulbright-García Robles exchanges make it possible for students and professionals to develop greater understanding, while satisfying their intellectual curiosity about another place and culture. In addition to the 80 U.S. students and scholars in Mexico, 193 Mexicans are teaching or studying in the United States during this academic year as Fulbright-García Robles grantees.

“The United States government’s flagship academic exchange program was established in 1946, thanks to the initiative of then-Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright. Soon after, it became known worldwide as the ‘Fulbright Program.’ The Mexico-U.S. Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (COMEXUS) oversees the program in Mexico. The goal of COMEXUS is to promote mutual understanding between our two countries through educational and cultural exchanges.

“COMEXUS offers programs for professionals, students, researchers, university professors, and public school teachers and administrators of both countries. Under an agreement reached in 1992, all of the Fulbright scholarship programs administered by COMEXUS are financed by both governments, and the scholarship was renamed the ‘Fulbright-García Robles’ in honor of Mexican Ambassador Emeritus and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Alfonso García Robles. Mexico and the United States directly contribute a combined total of over $3.5 million dollars a year to the program. Additional funds are contributed by private donors, making it possible to offer more scholarships. Since its inception, over 4000 Mexican and U.S. grantees have benefited from the Fulbright- García Robles Program.”

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