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Obama pledges increase in student exchange with Muslim world

June 5, 2009

Educational exchange will play a role in the "new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world" that President Obama laid out June 4 in a landmark speech Cairo University, in Egypt.

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, students from Muslim countries wanting to study in the United States have faced intense scrutiny. Many have not been able to take advantage of study opportunities because they haven’t been able to secure the necessary visas.

And, the number of Americans who actually spend time studying in the Middle East, remains low.

Obama indicated he would open “centers of scientific excellence in Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia” and appoint “science envoys” to collaborate on programs that develop new sources of energy, create green jobs, digitize records, clean up water, and grow new crops.

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