Three education technology startups from Russia traveled to the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore regions on March 2-12 as part of the U.S.-Russia Innovation Corridor (USRIC) program.

Administered by American Councils for International Education and funded by the US-Russia Foundation, USRIC connects Russian startups to universities, scientists, business development experts, industry associations, and customers in the U.S. with the goal of accelerating commercial activity and creating win-win economic partnerships.

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You are cordially invited to attend a lecture by Professor William Brumfield who will present a detailed view, with stunning photos, of one of the best preserved villages of the Arkhangelsk oblast – Oshevensk, and its Church of the Epiphany. The church, and the remarkable paintings on its interior, are under grave threat, illustrating the fragility of Russia's cultural heritage.

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Half of Kosovo’s population is under the age of 30, but according to Brikena, Kosovo’s youth feel their voice doesn’t matter.

Brikena Avdyli, a native Kosovar, is working tirelessly to change that. “Only when we see one another as equals can we start working together to contribute to a better future for our city, country, and ultimately, the world,” says Brikena. “This belief, which seems naïve some days, is the reason I choose to work with youth, women, and people with disabilities.”

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Branko Backovic, a dynamic and motivated student from Despotovac, Serbia, worked hard to pass three rigorous rounds of competition to win an A-SMYLE scholarship. He spent the 2006-07 academic year in the U.S. living with a host family in Lisle, Illinois.

Now a graduate of Yale University, Branko works in the financial services industry in New York and is dedicated to helping other students from Serbia.

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Not a Small World After All
Inside Higher Ed

Enrollments in foreign language courses in the U.S. have decreased by 6.7 percent since 2009—after increasing steadily since 1995—according to a new report by our colleagues at the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Language advocates investigate what caused the drop and debate whether it is the beginning of a new trend of moving away from foreign language study.

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