WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed legislation written by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) to establish a professional exchange program between the United States and Muslim-majority countries. The International Professional Exchange Act will help build professional capacity, strengthen civil society, and improve ties between the United States and Muslim-majority countries at a pivotal moment.
“Educational exchange programs like the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program trained and inspired generations of global leaders and deepened ties across the world. The International Professional Exchange Act would build on this legacy by establishing the next phase -- exchange programs for young professionals. Through this program, participants will develop valuable work skills while learning what life in their host country is all about. These experiences will help energize a new generation of leaders and lay the groundwork for improved relations between the United States and Muslim-majority countries,” said Chairman Kerry, who introduced the bill in August 2010.
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