Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte Builds Bridges Between U.S. And South African Universities

Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte Builds Bridges Between U.S. And South African Universities

Media Advisory
March 8, 2016

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis Marcus Jadotte opened the Career Indaba Education Fair on March 7, 2016, at the Sandton Convention Center.  More than 16,000 South African students registered to participate in the fair.

Assistant Secretary Jadotte is leading a delegation of 25 U.S. college and university representatives on a three-country education trade mission to South Africa, Ghana, and Cote d’Ivoire between March 7-13.  The delegation seeks to facilitate partnerships between U.S. and African educational institutions and provide resources and information to students from Sub-Saharan Africa who are interested in studying in the U.S.  In his opening remarks for the Indaba Education Fair, Assistant Secretary Jadotte explained, “Degrees from colleges and universities in the United States are recognized around the world by companies who are increasingly interested in an innovative workforce and well-trained job candidates.  In addition, international students are highly valued in the United States because they bring with them a rich and diverse perspective, which improves the learning experience for all students.”

More than 16,000 South African students registered to participate in the Career Indaba Education Fair on March 7, 2016, at the Sandton Convention Center.
More than 16,000 South African students registered to participate in the Career Indaba Education Fair at the Sandton Convention Center.

Educational services are one of the United States’ top 10 services exports.  During the 2014-2015 academic year, the United States hosted nearly one million international students.  Approximately 34,000 students, or three percent, came from Sub-Saharan Africa.

During his visit, Assistant Secretary Jadotte will also meet with officials in the South African government as well as representatives from South African schools and businesses.

For more information about studying in the United States, visit http://educationusa.state.gov.