“International educational exchange is the most significant current project designed to continue the process of humanizing mankind to the point, we would hope, that men can learn to live in peace — eventually even to cooperate in constructive activities rather than compete in a mindless contest of mutual destruction…. We must try to expand the boundaries of human wisdom, empathy and perception, and there is no way of doing that except through education.
Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations. Man’s capacity for decent behavior seems to vary directly with his perception of others as individual humans with human motives and feelings, whereas his capacity for barbarism seems related to his perception of an adversary in abstract terms, as the embodiment, that is, of some evil design or ideology.
J. William Fulbright, 1976 & 1983
|Dr. James Coffman
Director of the
Fulbright Commission in Malaysia