Anniversary reception held at 10 Downing Street
To celebrate the US-UK Fulbright Commission’s 70th anniversary, 10 Downing Street hosted the US Ambassador and Fulbright supporters, representatives and alumni at a reception on 16 May.
US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson and UK Education Secretary Damian Hinds addressed attendees at the celebratory event, held at No. 10 Downing Street – the official residence of the Prime Minister and office of her Government.
They were joined by Fulbright alumni and current programme participants. Reflecting on her time as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, Dr. Bynvant Sandhu remarked: “I returned from the US with a greater insight into a fascinating country and a genuine affection that I think comes from living in the country and getting to know its people.”
Sutton Trust US Programme participant Helen Webley-Brown, who will begin her studies at Washington University in St. Louis later this year, said, “studying in the US is not and should not be an opportunity afforded to a select few; instead, the work of Fulbright continues to ensure that a greater range of people are given the opportunity to experience a new culture and gain a new perspective.” She remarked that “the work of Fulbright in bridging the gap to cross the pond and fostering a global, cooperative mind-set is incredibly transformative and inspirational.”
The reception forms part of the Commission’s wider anniversary celebrations.