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U.S. Embassy and COB Renew American Corner MOU


On Friday, November 20, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Lisa Johnson met with the College of The Bahamas (COB) President Dr. Rodney Smith.

The meeting served as an opportunity to thank President Smith for the College’s strong partnership with the Embassy, to discuss the Embassy’s educational programs that operate in The Bahamas, and to reaffirm the Embassy’s commitment to the American Corner by signing the American Corner Memorandum of Understanding.

Chargé Johnson thanked President Smith for the great support of the American Corner, expressing her hope that the Embassy and COB can make a tradition of renewing the commitment with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing each year during International Education Week.

During the meeting, the topics of discussion included the Embassy’s Education USA office, an advising center that promotes U.S. higher education and President Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, which seeks to increase educational exchange between the United States and the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to 100,000 exchanges in each direction by 2020.  The two also discussed the U.S. Fulbright Specialist and U.S. Fulbright Scholar programs.

U.S. Embassy Nassau opened its first American Corner in The Bahamas at COB in July 2013.  American Corner Nassau is a resource center that provides information about the United States, conducts educational and cultural programs, and promotes interaction with alumni of U.S. universities and U.S. government exchange programs.

United States Embassy, Nassau

Caption: L-R: Peter Mitchell, Interim Director/Development Office, COB; Chanelle Clare, Education & Cultural Specialist, U.S. Embassy, Neda Brown, Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy; Lisa Johnson, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. U.S. Embassy; Dr. Rodney Smith, President COB; Dr. Berthamae Walker, Librarian, COB; Davinia Blair, VP Advancement/Interim, COB and Dorna Moxey, American Corner Administrator. Missing from the photo Ms. Elsie Bain, Deputy Librarian, COB.  (Photo courtesy of COB).

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