International Affairs Office
ED's international bilateral relationships are important to education diplomacy and the process of building mutually beneficial and reciprocal relationships between countries in the education arena.
Under the Agreement for Cooperation signed in 2009, the U.S. Department of Education and the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations maintain an active dialogue on a variety of education topics with an aim to improve education in both countries. Areas of focus include teacher quality, school leadership, early childhood education and smart uses of data to support teaching and learning. Cooperation includes participation in annual education roundtables to discuss topics of mutual interest to both countries.
The U.S. Department of Education and Ministry of Education of Brazil engage in active bilateral cooperation within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding on Education signed in 1997 and renewed in 2007. University collaboration is supported by the U.S.-Brazil Higher Education Consortia program. In addition, the Department of Education works closely with the State Department to support implementation of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality.
Ministério da Educação of Brazil (in Portuguese)
Kementerian Pendidikan Nasional (in Indonesian)
Under the Memorandum of Understanding on Education signed in 1990, the U.S. Department of Education enjoys active cooperation with the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education. Priority areas for cooperation include migrant education, under the Binational Migrant Education Initiative, and higher education, including the Fulbright-Garcia Robles program and the Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education.
Secretaría de Educación Pública of Mexico (in Spanish).
Embassy of Mexico (in Spanish)
The U.S. Department of Education and the Chinese Ministry of Education signed a first-of-its kind, joint Work Plan on Education in April 2009 to share information and best practices, as well as engage in joint projects, in the areas of higher education, language learning and teaching, and primary and secondary education. This work plan follows up on ten years of robust cooperation between the two ministries.
Created by a 2006 Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Department of Education and the Russian Federation’s Ministry of Education and Science, the U.S.-Russia Program: Improving Research and Educational Activities in Higher Education provides grants that demonstrate partnerships between Russian and American institutions of higher education that contribute to the development and promotion of educational opportunities between the two nations, particularly in the areas of mutual foreign language learning and the cooperative study in all subject areas.
Bilateral cooperation between the U.S. Department of Education and Ministry of Education of Spain is focused on second language learning. Under the Plan for Joint Activities signed in 2000 and renewed in 2011, the two countries work together to promote and facilitate the learning of Spanish in the United States and English in Spain.
Ministerio de Educación (in Spanish)
Embajada de España en Washington (in Spanish)