Fulbright Program Wins Prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation
The Prince of Asturias Foundation announced yesterday the winner of the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation. The Fulbright Program was chosen as the 2014 recipient. US Ambassador to Spain, James Costos and Spanish Ambassador to US, Ramon Gil-Casares were the nominators of the Fulbright Program. With twenty nominees from thirteen different countries, jury chair Gustavo Suárez Pertierra, explained the 17 member decision,
“The jury praised the international nature of the programme, their willingness to improve the overall education of our youth by providing access to academic excellence, and the ability to engage civil society in each of the nations in which it is implanted,” he announced.
The award is likened to the Nobel Peace Prize and includes recipients like Nelson Mandela and Bill and Melinda Gates, both also past recipients of the prestigious Fulbright Association’s J. William Fulbright Prize for International Understanding.
Stephen Reilly, Executive Director of the Fulbright Association said, “We are thrilled about the Fulbright Program winning the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in Spain. What a huge honor and recognition of the good will and positive impact Fulbright has brought to the world over the past 68 years. Fulbright is indeed a government program that works.”