U.S. Education Official to Address Event Spotlighting International Education Efforts

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Mohamed Abdel-Kader, deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education at the U.S. Department of Education, will participate in a pair of events Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, aimed at spotlighting international education efforts in Ohio.

At 8 a.m. ET, Abdel-Kader will deliver opening remarks at a symposium for middle market companies that are increasing exports from the state of Ohio. The event is sponsored by Ohio State University, which is a recipient of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Centers for International Business Education. The program provides funding to schools of business for curriculum development, research and training on issues of importance to U.S. trade and competitiveness.

At 2 p.m., Abdel-Kader will join in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse recognizing the successful completion of the fourth year of the Export Internship Program at Ohio State, which also is supported by the Education Department.

These Department-funded programs, authorized by Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, are designed to help America enhance its leadership role in world markets, global engagement and scholarship.