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More Germans and Americans apply for Fulbright

Deutschland (published by the Societäts-Verlag in cooperation with the Federal Foreign Office) asked Dr. Hoffmann, Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission, whether Senator Fulbright's vision is "still attractive" on his 100th birthday.

Dr. Hoffmann spoke about the increasing interest among young Americans and Germans to study in each other's country and described the German-American Fulbright Program:

Fulbright grantees on both sides have to go through a strict selection procedure in which each person’s openness vis-à-vis other cultures still plays an important role. We have supported a total of 40,000 grantees, half of them Germans, half Americans, since the German-American Fulbright program was launched in 1952. So our network is very well established across both countries. We still keep in contact with alumni even from the early years. We support the exchange of 300 Americans and 300 Germans every year in a broad range of programs. These people include students, scientists, teachers, professors, principals, managers and presidents of universities and other scientific and development institutions. The Fulbright name has not lost its attraction.

In a very short separate article in 'Deutschland' about the J. William Fulbright Centennial Celebration Mrs. Fulbright is quoted:

Recent events prove that even the most powerful cannot ‘go it alone’, and that, furthermore, understanding is the basic requirement for successful collaborative activity – an understanding of the values and attitudes of potential collaborators.

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Thomas on :

Fulbright is different. That's great news. After all SPIEGEL ONLINE just said that the overall number of Germans students in the US is declining: Schon im vergangenen Jahr hatten mehrere Studien belegt, dass Amerika um die Gunst angehender Akademiker aus dem Ausland bangen muss. Besonders skeptisch gegenüber einem Sprung über den Teich zeigen sich dabei junge Deutsche, vor allem aus politischem Unwohlsein. Auch die bürokratischen Hürden sind höher geworden. So müssen Visumsbewerber inzwischen ein Interview in Berlin oder Frankfurt am Main absolvieren und sich die Fingerabdrücke abnehmen lassen. Dem "Open Doors"-Report des "Institute of International Education" (IIE) zufolge ist die Zahl deutscher Studenten in den Vereinigten Staaten im vergangenen Studienjahr 2003/2004 um sechs Prozent gesunken, stärker als für die meisten Entsende-Ländern. www.spiegel.de/unispiegel/studium/0,1518,345928,00.html

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