Assistant Secretary Marie Royce Travels to Albania, Portugal, and Hungary
Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Marie Royce will travel to Tirana, Albania, Lisbon, Portugal, and Budapest, Hungary, from October 14-28, 2020.
While in Albania, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with senior members of the Albanian government to discuss U.S.-Albanian bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and culture. In addition, she will discuss our ongoing cooperation with Albania in cultural heritage and will visit an Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation project. In honor of the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Assistant Secretary Royce will present the IVLP #FacesofExchange Award to Albania’s recipient. Finally, she will meet with several alumni and participants of U.S. Government programs in Albania.
In Portugal, Assistant Secretary Royce will meet with senior members of the Portuguese government to discuss bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and culture. Her visit will provide an opportunity to highlight key exchange program anniversaries, such as the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright program in Portugal and the 80th anniversary of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) globally. Through meetings with exchange program participants, partners, and alumni, her visit will underscore U.S. and Portuguese shared values of innovation and exchange, highlight the achievements and diversity of U.S. and Portuguese exchange alumni, and celebrate the long and historic U.S.-Portugal friendship.
In Hungary, Assistant Secretary Royce will speak with a senior government official to thank Hungary for its support of the Fulbright program. She will also meet alumni from both the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program and with Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship alumni. Additionally, she will host an online discussion with a Fulbright Alumni club, and deliver remarks to university students of American Studies. Finally, she will attend an unveiling of a statue of President George H.W. Bush.