There’s no need to paraphrase, we’ve taken the words directly from the U. S. Department of State:
“The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to provide foreign nationals with opportunities to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and to encourage Americans to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries.”
It’s not a lofty ideal. It’s an incredible idea. The more we know of each other, the more similar we are. In a globalized world, businesses and individuals that embrace the uniqueness of our differences will capitalize on its strength.
The Exchange Visitor program was established under The Fulbright–Hays Act, officially known as the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961.
“The purpose of this chapter is to enable the Government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.”