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US and Mexico set 100,000 student goal for study exchanges




U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with students involved in U.S. Embassy Mexico City-supported programs for English language, youth leadership, and youth advisory roles during a visit to the U.S. booth at the Feria de las Culturas Amigas in Zocalo Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico on May 21, 2014.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses with students involved in U.S. Embassy Mexico City-supported programs for English language, youth leadership, and youth advisory roles during a visit to the U.S. booth at the Feria de las Culturas Amigas in Zocalo Plaza, Mexico City, Mexico on May 21, 2014.
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Secretary of State John Kerry and UC President Janet Napolitano are in Mexico this week to promote educational exchange between the U.S. and Latin America. 

Mexico used to be the top destination for U.S. students heading to Latin America, but because of concerns about crime and drug violence there, students are now opting for other countries instead. 

Only about 14,000 Mexican students are currently studying abroad in the U.S., but the Mexican government is looking to boost that number to 100,000. The United States also has a goal of sending 100,000 students to Latin America by 2020.

For more on this, we turn to Marion Lloyd, a higher education researcher at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the former Latin America correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education.