New Commitments in Argentina to 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative

Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release


March 24, 2016

New Commitments in Argentina to President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative 

As part of his visit to Argentina, the President announced a new commitment to the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund that will create new higher education partnerships to enhance regional cooperation and competiveness and provide study abroad opportunities.

The commitment from CAF: Development Bank of Latin America and Instituto Nacional de Educación Tecnológica (INET) via the Argentine Ministry of Education will provide support to create the Argentina-U.S. Workforce Development Innovation Fund grant competition to build new partnerships and increase student mobility between Argentine post-secondary centers of technological education and U.S. community colleges in the themes of health, science, technology and economic development.

This new commitment to the Innovation Fund builds off the recent $1,000,000 commitment of MacroUniversidades – a network of 35 of the largest public research universities in Latin America and the Caribbean– under the leadership of the President of the Universidad de Buenos Aires. The MacroUniversidades commitment to the Innovation Fund was announced in December 2015 in Washington, DC, at an event with Vice President Biden, and will provide support through competitive grant competitions in 2016 to create at least fifteen new higher education partnerships and mobilize hundreds of students to and from the United States, Argentina and 18 other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, the President’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, is to increase the number of annual student exchanges in the Americas to 100,000 in both directions by 2020.  The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the dynamic public-private sector collaboration between the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and private sector partners which provides opportunities to create new higher education institution partnerships that increase student mobility to and from the Americas in support of the President’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative.

For more information about the Innovation Fund, please visit