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Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Marie Royce will travel to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Rabat and Tangier, Morocco; and Nur Sultan and Almaty, Kazakhstan, from November 16-28, 2020. She will be joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary for Academic Programs Caroline Casagrande.

While in the United Arab Emirates, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with senior Emirati officials to discuss bilateral cooperation on educational exchange programs such as EducationUSA and the Fulbright Program.  She will also meet participants and partners of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs and the Stevens Initiative.  Additionally, she will attend a ceremony marking the substantial completion of the U.S. pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai along with senior officials of the U.S. and Emirati governments.

In Morocco, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with senior members of the Moroccan government to discuss bilateral cooperation on education and culture.  In the lead up to the celebration of its 200th anniversary, she will visit the American Legation, the oldest U.S. diplomatic property in the world and the only U.S. National Landmark outside American territory.  Additionally, she will meet with ECA exchange program participants and alumni, and partner organizations.

In Kazakhstan, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with senior members of the Kazakhstani government to discuss bilateral cooperation on education and culture.  She will also meet with exchange program participants and alumni of flagship ECA programs, including the English Access Microscholarship and Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Programs.  Additionally, she will participate in a signing ceremony celebrating a public-private partnership between Mission Kazakhstan and Chevron to promote the use of American Spaces for science, technology, education, and math (STEM) programming.

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