Posts Tagged ‘twitter’


Leading the Way for Global Higher Education

March 31, 2011

Francisco J. Sánchez is the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Today we depart for Jakarta, Indonesia for the first leg of the largest Commerce-led education trade mission ever. I am excited for this mission as we are bringing 56 colleges and universities to explore the opportunities to recruit international students to study in the U.S. as well as possibly setting up partnership and student and faculty exchanges.

I was excited to host my very first Twitter chat earlier today and I was happy to answer questions such as, how are foreign students studying in the U.S. an export and why were Vietnam and Indonesia targeted for this mission. To each, I answered that when foreign students come to study in the United States, their tuition and fees, as well as their living expenses help support the local economy in addition to the national economy. Education services ranks among the top 10 U.S. service exports, right between environmental services and safety and security. These two countries place a high value on higher education and have tremendous potential for sending students to the United States.  And, in Indonesia, boosting the number of Indonesian students studying in the United States is a top priority of the U.S. Embassy.

Building ties with international students not only helps our American students gain a greater level of international understanding—a critical skill for success in the 21st century global economy—but familiarizes future global leaders with the American people and U.S. society.


Marking Milestones in Social Media

December 9, 2010

Valeisha Butterfield is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration

Today we mark a milestone in our social media channels with more than 1,000 followers on twitter/, nearly 100 entries and 500 comments on our blog, and more than 1,000 fans on our face book page The conversations we’ve had in these areas are key to ensuring all of our customers are kept abreast of the amount of activity, requests for input and issues of importance to them and us.

Some of the more lively discussions we’ve had on the blog include our call for ideas for President Obama’s National Export Initiative, last year’s Green Build Road Show that took readers virtually to five cities in two weeks eventually reporting directly from the ground in Phoenix, AZ at the Green Build Conference and Expo, and the conversation on relief efforts and opportunities to help rebuild Haiti.

Moving forward, we will be keeping you up to date on the developments in the Korea-US Trade Agreement, the upcoming APEC meetings hosted by the United States in 2011 and some innovative videos that will teach you how to make international sales without leaving the U.S. We enjoy being in touch with our clients, customers, stakeholders, and international buyers in many ways and if you have suggestions on how we can be more innovative and interactive, we’d love to hear your suggestions.