Visakhapatnam: The US Consulate General Hyderabad and Andhra University on 23 March signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish an American Corner at its campus in Visakhapatnam.

Consul General Joel Reifman from the US Consulate General Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh minister of education Dr. Adimulapu Suresh, and Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Prasad Reddy were present during the event. Mr. Reifman and Mr. Reddy virtually signed the MoU, which governs the establishment and functioning of the American Corner.

In addition to four US government-owned American Centers in India, this is the third American Corner in India and the second in Hyderabad's consular district, which covers the states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Odisha. American Corners are partnerships between the US Embassy or Consulate and an Indian institution.

The new American Corner, which will open in summer 2021, will provide educational and cultural programs for the people of Andhra Pradesh, especially young people. It is intended to be the first place to visit for accurate and up-to-date information about political, economic, cultural, educational, and social trends in the United States. 

Speaking at the event, Consul General Reifman said, "American Corner programming will focus on English language learning, STEM education, women's empowerment, American culture, and US higher education. We hope that this will be a fun and energetic meeting place where our two cultures and countries can blend together."

Minister Suresh said the American Corner at Andhra University will act as an academic and cultural space that will organize programs to help students and young people. "The American Corner will contribute to strengthening the relationship between Andhra Pradesh and the United States," he added.

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