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Fulbright Day: Georgia – June 3

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi is proud to support the Fulbright Program throughout the varied regions of Georgia as part of our commitment to open, innovative, and thriving Georgia. Education helps foster a more inclusive society, as we broaden our horizons to understand that we are part of a larger, interdependent whole.

On June 3, 2021, the U.S. Embassy Tbilisi celebrated the illustrious international company of the Fulbright Program alumni and the 75th anniversary of the program. We are proud to celebrate the contributions made by the Fulbright Program over the years to Georgia’s journey toward becoming an ever more open, thriving society. The Fulbright Program is a compelling model of public-private partnership supporting Georgia’s development in cooperation with the Government of Georgia through International Education Center (IEC), Bank of Georgia and Georgia Capital through Tree of Life Foundation.

Celebrations highlighted shared experiences that connect the Fulbright program alumni, how their exchange experience continues to help them to think critically and act creatively to bring about positive change.

In addition to the below videos, click here to watch Cultural Attaché Christopher Anderson and Fulbright alumni speak with Formula TV about the program’s 75-year anniversary and the opportunities it continues to create for Georgian and American participants.

“Today we mark the 75th Anniversary of the Fulbright exchange program, which was created through the inspired leadership of Senator J. William Fulbright who said: “Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.”

Like Senator Fulbright, I believe there is no more important investment than in the education of our future generations.” – Ambassador Degnan

Throughout its 75 year history, the Fulbright Program has supported hundreds of exchanges between Georgia and America including scholars, researchers, teachers, and artists to promote closer ties between the people of two counties. These exchanges are part of the United States’ strategic partnership with Georgia and aim to support Georgia’s effort to become a more democratic and prosperous country integrated with the Euro-Atlantic family of nations. Some of the Fulbright alum shares their experiences with us.

To celebrate Fulbright’s 75th anniversary, we brought together Georgian-American alumni and program partners to talk about Fulbright’s effect on their lives and future cooperation opportunities. There are more than 400,000 Fulbright alumni worldwide and around 6,000 alumni of U.S.-funded exchanges in Georgia.