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Several months pregnant with her first child, Nona whiled away a nine-hour drive upwards through the unforgiving terrain of Tajikistan’s isolated mountains, trying to keep sickness at bay. A soft-spoken American woman, she was on her way to interview a promising young student from a remote village for a high school exchange and scholarship program in the United States.

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This article was originally published in the Seattle Times

By Paige Cornwell

A big, new study out of Portland found significant gains in reading for students enrolled in dual-language immersion programs, in which students are taught in both English and a second language.

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By Graham Hettlinger, Director of Higher Education 

Amid the many intriguing figures contained in this year’s release of the Open Doors Report from our colleagues at the Institute of International Education (IIE), two trends stand out for those of us committed to greater U.S.-Russia understanding: More and more U.S. students are exploring the Russian speaking world, and a steadily rising number of Russian students are entering U.S. institutions of higher education.

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This article was originally published in Quartz.

By Evan Fleischer

More Americans should learn to speak languages native to the African continent. There is a small, statistical base of speakers in the country—according to the 2011 US census, 884,660 individuals aged five years or older already speak a language originating in Africa. But we could have so much more.

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Five medical technology startups from Russia traveled to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. on November 2-11 as part of the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) medical technology accelerator program. The early-stage startups met with U.S. investors, companies, universities, and industry players operating in the Mid-Atlantic healthcare ecosystem.

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