The Fulbright Commission: Mixing Mortar to Build a Better World

Building international understanding through educational exchange is the mission of the Fulbright Program, founded by US Senator William Fulbright following the Second World War. Operating in 150 countries, alumni from the prestigious program include 43 Nobel Prize winners, 28 heads of state, 11 US Congressmen, and a Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In this Tanager Talk, Penny Egan, CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, provides a fascinating look at the work being done here to foster educational exchange between the United Kingdom and the United States.

And while you probably know something about the Fulbright Commission, or know a former ‘Fulbrighter’, Penny tells us about a number of initiatives that may surprise you. For example, for the last 20 years, there have been awards for serving police officers and more recently, awards in the area of cyber security. Through the Sutton Trust US Programme, last year 66 UK students from state schools with low parental income received full financial aid at some of the most elite universities in the US.

Penny also outlines the work of the Fulbright Advisory Service that provides a wealth of unbiased information about studying in the US through the organisation’s website, seminars and Europe’s largest College Fair held every autumn in London that last year saw 180 universities meet with over 4,500 visitors over a two day period.

And finally, if you believe in the mission of the Fulbright Commission, are curious about the challenges it faces and want to know how you can help, this is the podcast for you.

You can contact the Fulbright Commission via their website, on Facebook and on Twitter @FulbrightAwards.

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