From November 16 to 22, 2020, the United States’ Embassy in Togo is celebrating International Education Week, this year under the theme: Engaged. Resilient. Global. Despite the unprecedented turmoil we have experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs remains engaged with the international community, resilient and determined to support U.S. and international institutions globally.“We are happy to see the continued growth in the number of international students in the United States and U.S. students studying abroad,” said Marie Royce, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs. “Promoting international student mobility remains a top priority for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and we want even more students in the future to see the United States as the best destination to earn their degrees. International exchange makes our colleges and universities more dynamic for all students and an education at a U.S. institution can have a transformative effect for international students, just like study abroad experiences can for U.S. students.”
Number of International Students in the United States Hits All-Time High,including 214 Togolese students, an increase of 13% between 2019 and 2020.
51.6% of international students in the United States choose the field of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics) in 2018/19 and the number of international students in mathematics and computer science programs has increased by 9, 4%. Engineering remained the top academic field for international students in 2018/19, with 21.1 percent of all international students.It is also clear that more and more Togolese girls are choosing science and technology, an increase of more than 10%.
Togo is the only French-speaking country to benefit from the “Opportunity Fund” which is a fund of assistance from the State Department to economically disadvantaged but deserving candidates. Recently, the Togolese Government through the Department of Scholarships and internship supported this initiative by providing financial support to two young Togolese for Aviation Maintenance program at Lane University. This commitment of the Embassy aims to support the efforts of the Togolese Government to promote Togolese youth through quality education.
On the agenda, a virtual Regional Fair for African students underway on November 18 and 19 on the EducationUSA Africa Connection page; discussions and debates on the conclusions of the Fair; and information sessions on study opportunities and exchange programs in the USA for Togolese students.
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