U.S. Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein
hosted an event today celebrating the International Education
Week (Nov. 15 - 19), welcoming a variety of guests from the
public education sectors as well as representatives of the
Ambassador Silverstein delivers welcoming remarks.
Gabriel Díaz Marggioli (CoDiCen),
Katie Stana (U.S. Embassy),
Dr. Roberto Scarsi (CoDiCen), Nicolás Brian (CoDiCen),
Prof. Beatriz Vegh (School of Humanities), Carol Oroña
and Dra. Lilia Ferro (School of Social Science).
Dr. Mercedes Jiménez de Arechaga,
Executive Director for the Fulbright Commission in
Montevideo, speaking about the remarkable success
of the educational exchange programs.
Prof. Beatriz Vegh receives a
computer for the University's
School of Humanities from Ambassador Silverstein.
The spirit of the International Education Week is to highlight
the importance of international education, particularly
through exchange programs.
Ambassador Silverstein pointed out
"over 200 participants from around the world, in Department
of State-sponsored exchange programs, have become heads
of state.” He underlined the Embassy´s commitment
to promoting educational exchange with Uruguay that includes
students and teachers throughout the entire year, and added
that the exchange programs "are an essential tool that
advance understanding between our nations".
As part of the event, Ambassador
Silverstein presented a donation of educational material,
including books and multimedia publications, for public
schools offering the state-sponsored English Immersion Program.
Dr. Roberto Scarsi, Vice President of the National Administration
of Public Education, received the donation.
A number of computers were also donated
to the public university 'Universidad de la República',
specifically the department of International Politics and
External Affairs of the School of Social Science, and to
the department of Modern Literature of the School of Humanities.
A cash donation made directly by
the Embassy was also presented by Ambassador Silverstein
to the education sector in support of a group of students
of the University of Montevideo who will be participating
in the Philip J. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition,
next march in Washington. Dr. Guillermo Rosati, Academic
Director of the School of Law, received the donation.
Following is the text of the remarks of
Ambassador Martin J. Silverstein:
REMARKS BY AMBASSADOR MARTIN J. SILVERSTEIN
Every year, around the world, future leaders
in science, literature, government and business participate
in public and private exchange programs. These ventures
build mutual understanding and lasting bonds; and help instill
the skills needed to develop leaders with a broad world
vision and a compassion for other cultures.
We are proud of the fact that over 200 participants
from around the world, in Department of State-sponsored
exchange programs, have become heads of state.
This Embassy is committed to promoting educational
exchange with Uruguay throughout the entire year. Exchange
programs that include students and professors are an essential
tool that advance understanding between our nations.
I want to thank each one of you for your
participation and dedication to the success of our joint