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Located within the Office of the Secretary, the Department of Education’s International Affairs Office provides overall guidance and coordination of the Department’s international engagement and advises the Secretary and other senior officers on international issues that may affect U.S. education or Department policies and programs.

Advancing ED’s International Strategy

Developed through an extensive process of consultation, the Department has established its first-ever fully articulated international strategy for 2012-2016. The strategy is designed to simultaneously advance two strategic goals: strengthening U.S. education and advancing our nation’s international priorities. The strategy reflects the value and necessity of:

  • A world-class education for all students;
  • Global competencies for all students;
  • International benchmarking and applying lessons learned from other countries; and
  • Education diplomacy and engagement with other countries.

Read our International Strategy. [PDF, 1.15MB].

International Affairs Events

From Left to Right: Jamira Burley, U.S. representative to the UN GEFI Youth Advocacy Group, Samantha Wright, Vice President of Impact Strategy, Girl Rising, Christie Vilsack, Senior Adviser for International Education, USAID, Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Adviser to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs, and Rachel Vogelstein, Fellow for Women and Foreign Policy, Council on Foreign Relations

Secretary Duncan welcomes Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Director of Peace Corps

From Left to Right: Jacob Sorrells, Student, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Fanta Aw, President of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Maureen McLaughlin, Senior Advisor to the Secretary and Director of International Affairs, Rajika Bhandari, Deputy Vice President, Institute of International Education, Maya Garcia, STEM Teacher, Fulbright Distinguished Awardee, and Lenore Y. Garcia, Acting Senior Director, OPE/International and Foreign Language EducationPanelist--Fanta Aw, Rajika Bhandari, Maya Garcia, Jacob Sorrells,and moderator Maureen McLaughlin




International Dignitaries

Deputy Secretary Shelton and Chinese Vice Minister Du exchange gifts.

Deputy Secretary Jim Shelton and Chinese Vice Minister Zhanyuan Du, Senior Advisor and Director of International Affairs Maureen McLaughlin, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education Lenore Garcia, Adriana de Kanter, Sambia Shivers-Barclay, Rafael Nevarez, and Chinese Delegation.

Secretary Arne Duncan welcomes Finnish Minister of Education Krista Kiuru

Secretary Arne Duncan welcomes Japanese Minister of Education Hakubun Shimomura




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