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Government and private industry need people with 21st century skills, which more and more include the ability to communicate in two or more languages. The demand for language ability is clear, but the scope and ability of our education system to supply graduates with the required language skills is not. 

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The Kazickas Family Foundation has awarded American Councils for International Education a generous three-year grant to launch the reciprocal component of Exchanges for Culture, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL).

For five years, ExCEL has brought Lithuanian high school students to spend an academic year in the U.S. with a host family. The newly created ExCEL Abroad program will give U.S. students the opportunity to live with a host family and attend high school in Vilnius, Lithuania. Student selection for the 2015-16 year exchange program will begin in early February.

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Help a young, international professional by becoming a short-term host family for American Councils’ Professional Fellows Program.

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In November, President Dr. Dan E. Davidson received a special lifetime service award from the American Council for Teachers of Russian (ACTR) at a reception during the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The special event, held to mark the 40th anniversary of the ACTR, was a fitting moment to acknowledge President Davidson’s unwavering dedication to the organization and to the field of Russian language study. As one of the original founders of ACTR, he has been actively engaged in its activities for its entire 40 years.

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Bermet Tursunkulova, an alumna of the American Councils FLEX program, was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Education in her native country of Kyrgyzstan.

Prior to her new appointment, she served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, where she managed academic affairs, curriculum development, and student enrollment. She spent a year with the FLEX program in the United States during high school from 1993-1994.

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