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United States California

Partnerships

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Angelina Galiteva, the founder and director of Renewables 100, engaged audiences in Buenos Aires on renewable energy. As a direct result of the program, the Argentine Minister of Energy and Environment Sebastian Kind invited Galiteva to advise Argentina on how to make their renewable energy auctions more successful.
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Terry Jones, founder of Kayak.com and Travelocity.com, engaged Qatari entrepreneurs and business leaders on the importance of economic development through entrepreneurship. Through these outreach efforts, Jones forged a strong relationship with the Mannai Corporation, which is interested in making an ital investment of $1,000,000 in two U.S. start-up companies focused on tourism. Jones also put the Qatari Business Incubation Center in direct touch with U.S. incubators in Silicon Valley.
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Fabiola Vilchez, executive director of Sister Cities Los Angeles, engaged Ethiopian government officials and business leaders on the importance of the bilateral relationship between Addis Ababa and the City of Los Angeles. As a direct result of Vilchez’s trip, representatives from several prominent Ethiopian companies plan to visit the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator in early 2018, and the Mayor of Addis Ababa will travel to Los Angeles in 2018 to discuss bilateral trade and investment opportunities with Vilchez and other city leaders.
  • Representatives from California State University San Marcos and Everett Community College were introduced to Nagasaki International University last year by Fukuoka American Center's Education USA advisor when they visited Nagasaki. Following the visit, the Nagasaki International University's Professors Board approved an exchange partnership with the two U.S. colleges and as a result Nagasaki International University will start sending students to the United States for short-term and long-term exchanges. – More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 
  • The American Corner at the University of Azores welcomed a group of students from University of California-Fresno, Jordan College of Agriculture and Technology, as part of the program in Angra do Heroísmo. The program held a Conference on "Agriculture in California" lead by Professor John Cordeiro; both students and professors had the opportunity to discuss and share experiences regarding the agricultural systems in both the United States and in the Azores. – More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 
  • The Fukuoka American Center hosted an EducationUSA seminar with the California State University San Marcos representative, Junko Miyoshi. She discussed four-year colleges in the United States with Japanese high school and college students and spoke about her personal experience studying and living in California. This seminar helps to achieve the Consulate Fukuoka’s goal of increasing the number of Japanese students studying in the United States. – More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • Representatives from California State University San Marcos and Everett Community College were introduced to Nagasaki International University last year by Fukuoka American Center's Education USA advisor when they visited Nagasaki. Following the visit, the Nagasaki International University's Professors Board approved an exchange partnership with the two U.S. colleges and as a result Nagasaki International University will start sending students to the United States for short-term and long-term exchanges. – More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 
  • 3,715 California residents hosted or supported 5,403 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 69,199 hours of service. – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 61 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in California on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 

Office of Global Partnerships

  • Stanford University, University of California San Diego, and University of Southern California are part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • Both headquartered in California, Intel Corporation and Google are WiSci (Women in Science) STEAM Camp partners. WiSci is a public-private partnership that brings together a diverse group of female high school students from around the world for a STEAM education camp with the goal of closing the gender gap through access to education, mentorship opportunities, and leadership training. – More: https://girlup.org/wisci 
  • Gilead Sciences (headquartered in Foster City), the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, Girl Effect, & ViiV Healthcare were recognized for the “DREAMS Partnership.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 5th annual P3 Impact Award in 2018. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2018 by the U.S> Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between UCLA and Peking University promotes clean, efficient and secure energy. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/partnership/ucla-peking 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Shandong Academy of Sciences equips city officials with training, tools, and methodologies to create aggressive and viable low-carbon development plans. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between University of Southern California and Bayeco develops and deploys a full range of VOC and NOx technology to reduce air pollution over the next five to 10 years. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between the Port of Los Angeles and Shanghai Municipal Transportation Commission deploys shore-based power systems to reduce emissions and noise relative to diesel generators. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Capstone Turbine and BROAD Air Conditioning will develop combined cooling-heating power (CCHP) systems to improve energy efficiency in buildings. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between Environmental Defense Fund and Shenzhen Low Carbon Development Foundation integrates mobile emissions into Shenzhen's landmark emissions trading system. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships project between UCLA and Peking University promoted clean, efficient and secure energy. – More: https://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Round Rock-based IMACC, Ramboll Environ, and the Suzhou State Environmental Protection Hitech Industrial Park provides real-time monitoring of air pollution at key chemical industrial parks. – More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • On January 24, 2017, U.S. Embassy Canberra signed the Wildland Fire Management Resources Agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Interior, and Emergency Management Australia to help facilitate bilateral resource sharing to combat wildfires. In October 2017, under a separate state-to-state agreement, the State of Victoria sent 33 emergency management staff to help fight wildfires in Northern California. – More: https://www.emv.vic.gov.au/news/multi-agency-effort-to-assist-in-californian-fires 
  • On October 17, 2017, Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Australian Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey signed an updated deep space tracking facilities agreement at the Australian Embassy in Washington, DC. – More: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/us-australia-sign-agreement-for-continued-space-tracking-communications 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • The OES-supported U.S. Water Partnership matched the San Francisco Public Utility Commission and its counterpart in São Paulo, Brazil to collaborate on demand management and water conservation practices. – More: http://www.uswaterpartnership.org/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s first Zoohackathon occurred on October 7-9, 2016 at three major zoos in the United States, including San Diego. Zoohackathon, organized by the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, is a public-private partnership that brings together the United States government with the private sector and civil society. The event calls on coders, designers, and science enthusiasts from all around the world to come together over a weekend to create new applications and tools to address issues on the demand side of wildlife trafficking.
  • The OES Office of Marine Conservation is the lead negotiator and management organization for the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (SPTT). The SPTT affords access for the American Samoa-based tuna purse seine fishing fleet to some of the most lucrative fishing grounds in the world. Many of the vessel owners who benefit from the business opportunities made available by the SPTT reside in California, and the trade association that represents these owners – the American Tunaboat Association – is based in San Diego. As a result, a sizable portion of industry profits realized as a result of the SPTT is fed back into the California economy. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • In fall 2017, OES/IHB engaged with students at the University of California at Berkeley with the Hacking for Diplomacy program on a vector control dashboard called “SWAT”, which integrates data from a variety of streams to inform where mosquito control is most urgently needed. The team also partnered with the U.S. Embassy in Panama, to identify key partners on the ground in that country. – More: http://web.stanford.edu/class/msande298/problem-statements.html#Tracking_Killers 
  • Researchers from the California Institute of Technology, California State University, International Computer Science Institute, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, Lawrence Berkley National Library, Loma Linda University, Naval Postgraduate School, Salk Institute for Biological Services, San Francisco State University, Scripps Research Institute, Stanford University, the University of California, the University of Southern California, and Yahoo, Inc. received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • California companies received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies.
  • Dr. Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences, and Dean of the School of Marine Sciences, continued her tenure as U.S. Science Envoy focused on building networks of ocean scientists. In FY 2018, the program sponsored trips to Vietnam and Argentina where Dr. Leinen supported U.S. efforts regarding Marine Protected Areas, strengthening the relationships between her university and key interlocutors on these issues. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Researchers from Salk Institute for Biological Studies, the University of California, University of San Francisco, and Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on cognition, human neurophysiology, yield enhancement in chickpeas, biological timing and health issues, disordered proteins, pseudorandomness in computer science, biomolecular big data, and low-cost arsenic remediation technology, and thalassemia and sickle cell disease. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and the United States Department of Agriculture received grants from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 
  • With OES funding, the U.S. Forest Service will host a participant from Oman’s National Committee for Civil Defense to participate in the International Seminar on Disaster Management that will take place in California in August 2019. During the seminar, the participant will be provided with strategic guidance for enhancing institutional disaster preparedness and will learn about practical implementation of the Incident Command System and the coordination required at the local, provincial and national levels of government.

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 

Bureau of Counterterrorism

  • With State Department funding, through the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance, and Training (DOJ/OPDAT), federal prosecutors from California have been deployed to the Western Balkans and Ethiopia to serve as Resident Legal Advisors responsible for providing specialized training and mentoring on terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions. – More: https://www.justice.gov/criminal-opdat 
  • The Strong Cities Network (SCN) – launched and sustained by the State Department – is a global network of mayors, municipal-level policy makers, and practitioners united in building social cohesion and community resilience to counter violent extremism. Across the world, cities are on the frontline of building resilience to radicalization to violence. Local governments, whether cities, municipalities or towns, are uniquely positioned to safeguard their citizens from community polarization and radicalization through partnerships with local communities. The SCN is made up of over 120 cities worldwide. In the U.S., SCN members include: Atlanta, GA; Aurora, CO; Chattanooga, TN; Denver, CO; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN; Montgomery County, MD; New York, NY; and San Diego, CA. The mayors of both Anaheim and Chattanooga participated in the SCN Global Meeting in Denmark in May 2017. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-counterterrorism-and-countering-violent-extremism/ 

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Open World Program - Accountable Governance - Female Entrepreneurs sent five Georgian female entrepreneurs to CA on the Open World program to examine practical initiatives to build women’s leadership capacity. The delegates gained insight into strategies to promote women into positions of leadership and explored examples of small businesses that encourage start-up entrepreneurs. – More: https://www.openworld.gov/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Vilnius partnered with Global Media and Information Literacy Week to support Lithuania's "Global Media and Information Literacy Conference" by bringing over two American speakers. – More: http://www.vdu.lt/en/vmu-to-host-annual-unesco-media-and-information-literacy-conference/ 

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • The Conference of Western Attorneys General, headquartered in Sacramento, CA, organizes binational exchanges for U.S. and Mexican Attorneys General, and interdisciplinary exchanges among working-level operators focused on connecting legal and law enforcement professionals leveraging the continuing education process to encourage relationships between U.S. and Mexican counterparts. In 2018, CWAG conducted Interdisciplinary Exchanges in Boise, ID; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; and San Diego, CA. – More: https://www.cwagweb.org/ 
  • Issued contracts to California-based companies for equipment needed to support INL foreign assistance programs, such as Shore Solutions, Inc, from Chula Visa, CA, who provided body armor and ballistic helmets for the subsequent donation to the Ghana Police Service.
  • In December 2018, INL El Salvador hosted an FBI Task force, compromised of California Department of Justice and Fresno Police Department officers, to provide a one week course to train the wire center personnel and Embassy vetted groups regarding wire interception exploitation and surveillance technologies used to corroborate intercepted information.
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has partnered with the Port of San Diego, Unified Port District Harbor Police Department since 2015. In 2017, San Diego Harbor Police Department assisted Philippine maritime enforcement agencies through curriculum development for underwater crime scene investigations training. In 2018, the first iteration of the training was delivered in the Philippines. – More: https://www.portofsandiego.org/public-safety/harbor-police 
  • INL has partnered with California Highway Patrol (CHP) since 2014. In 2018, CHP completed the next phase of a strategic communications program for Morocco, which includes the establishment of a social media presence for the Moroccan General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) and a communications strategy training for the DGSN’s Media Relations Unit. – More: https://www.chp.ca.gov/home/ 

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

  • 2 American faculty offered courses, seminars and mentoring in their partner institution in Pakistan as part of their State Department university partnership. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy.

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of International Organization Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • Diplomatic Security Los Angeles Field Office and San Francisco Field Office: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Additionally, they liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • Following advocacy by AIT Taipei, a San Diego-based company won a $30 million contract to provide defense training.
  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 120 active participants from the state of California. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs

  • The Department helped facilitate Thai investment in 2013 in Overhill Farms owned by Bellisio/CP Foods with an estimated impact of $100 million. – More: https://www.selectusa.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015t00000004pp4 
  • In June 2017, Irvine Scientific, a member of Japan’s JXTG Group, announced the expansion of its Irvine offices and laboratories to meet demand for its cell culture and media reagents.

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, goods exported totaled $178.4 billion. Those exports supported approximately 683,772 Californian jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into California supports an additional 769,200 jobs (2016). – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ca.pdf 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Participation by the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) helps California reap the economic benefits of a commercial fisheries worth over $8 million in dockside landed value in 2016, additional economic impact from activity along the value chain, as well as substantial economic activity in the sport and recreational fishing sector. This organization ensures the maintenance of sustainable populations of fish and harvest opportunities by U.S. stakeholders. – More: https://iphc.int/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $5.8 billion to the economy of the state of California for grapes, $5.6 billion for almonds, $3 billion for strawberries, 1.1 billion for tomatoes, plus billions more for other agricultural products such as oranges, lemons, tangerines, raspberries, and many others. – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=california&year=2017 
  • Entrepreneurs from University of California, Davis; Mafra-Neto ISCA Technologies; IDEO.org; Data Analytics Company; Aline Inc; DuPont; and MedSpark LLC received grants from the U.S.-Indo Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize technology with a partner in India. Projects included a blood test for tuberculosis, an insecticide, a precise fertilizer applicator, device to detect adulterated liquids, blood cell counters for point-of-care diagnostics, fetal monitoring tools, wireless sensors for heart disease management, belt systems for body support, and modular roofing solutions. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology 

Bureau of Human Resources

Education

Bureau of Human Resources

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Dorothy Ngutter, Northwest and Cecelia Choi, Southern): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. – More: https://careers.state.gov/connect/dir/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • Through the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs - supported Afghanistan Legal Education Program II, eight Stanford law students draft and publish Afghan legal textbooks for use at the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) Law Department. In addition, Stanford University Law School continues to implement and improve the undergraduate Bachelor of Art and Law degree program at AUAF, which has 54 current enrollees and had 54 graduates since the program began. – More: https://law.stanford.edu/alep/#slsnav-publications 
  • The University of San Diego’s Justice in Mexico program implements an INL grant to coordinate the Oral Adversarial Skill-Building Immersion Seminars (OASIS). Approximately 470 participants attended the workshops and study tours to the United States, which provide exchange opportunities to foster ties between U.S. and Mexican law schools working to improve the Mexican criminal justice system. – More: https://justiceinmexico.org/oasis-program/ 
  • INL partners with the California Western School of Law (CWSL), in San Diego, to organize national mock trial competitions throughout Mexico. In addition to the competition, CWSL provides workshops to develop law students’ litigation skills and ultimately be better criminal justice sector operators in Mexico. Each year, over 1,500 law students and professors participate in the competition, which offers 48 scholarships to the best students to participate in Spanish-language LL.M. in Trial Advocacy.
  • University of California-San Diego and Loyola Marymount University are members of the INL supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. They also pursue related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy.
  • Claremont Graduate University is a member of the INL supported Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction. ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy. (www.icuddr.com) Claremont also conducted training that applied scientific principles of prevention science media-based prevention for 13 international professionals, from five different countries (Botswana, Ghana, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam). They developed national prevention programs that will be implemented in their countries.
  • The INL Bureau partners with Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) to evaluate the police reform process and the effectiveness of coordinated efforts between Mexican federal, state, and municipal police to contain organized crime, improve police effectiveness, and control police corruption. This includes case studies of three Mexican cities (Tijuana, Monterrey, and Mexico City) and three Mexican states (Michoacán, Estado de Mexico, and Chiapas) to examine how police function from the inside, how citizens perceive them, and how institutional climate, training, and practices affect violent crime. The goal is to improve police accountability and citizen oversight by creating data repositories and sharing knowledge with civil society groups about police performance.

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

  • U.S. Embassy Tbilisi and Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Program sent two American Integrated Teaching Specialists from Oklahoma and California worked in the Samtskhe-Javakheti and Shida Kartli regions through the "Civic and Tech through English Language (CTEL) Program." – More: https://ge.usembassy.gov/education-culture/grant-programs/civic-tech_english/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Valletta - Embassy STEM Workshop Puts Girls First in IT this STEM Workshop, promoting U.S. innovation and exports, featured sixty school girls working on “Piper Computer Kits.” These California-made educational toolkits allowed the students to learn how to program circuits, connect wiring, and assemble components of a mini-computer. The goal of the workshop was to promote IT education among students and inspire girls ages 10-12 to join the STEM field.

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • The U.S. Mission in Brazil funded the UC Berkeley I Corps Brazil program, which consisted of two pilot programs to teach a scalable entrepreneurial teaching methodology called Lean Launchpad, developed by the Haas School of Business, and executed in partnership with the Santa Catarina State University and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Approximately 120 participants (students, alumni, observers, representatives from local more than 20 companies who supported the program and university faculty) registered to participate in each pilot program. The program strengthened ties between the United States and current and future entrepreneurs of Brazil. – More: http://newsroom.haas.berkeley.edu/berkeley-brazil-lean-launchpad-heading-south/ 
  • In collaboration with ANUIES, Mexican Fulbright alumni at ITAM (Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México), and Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies, Mission Mexico has sponsored since 2015 a two-week summer course focused on Biodiversity, Security, and Governance in Latin America. This unique initiative brings together contrasting profiles of Mexican students from indigenous communities enrolled at different universities and from students at ITAM one of Mexico’s top private institutions, whose graduates include leaders in government, academia, and the private sector. This mix of students would otherwise not have the opportunity to discuss topics of mutual interest from their very different perspectives, much less build ties with counterparts in the United States. – More: http://programa-itam-stanford.portal.anuies.mx/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Argentine Ministry of Education awarded scholarships to 400 Argentine school administrators and educators to travel to the United States to participate in three-week teacher-training programs at eight U.S. universities. Programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Two-hundred educators participated in a training program at the University of California at Los Angeles and 25 at San Francisco State University. – More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the United States for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at the University of California at Davis. – More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • The University of San Diego and Corporación Universitaria Minuto de Dios will explore peace building and social innovation work by participating in the year-long Global Social Innovation Challenge at USD. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • California State University in Fullerton partnered with Universidade Estadual Paulista- Campus de Sorocaba in Brazil to promote experiential, STEM-focused international mobility program to provide both U.S and Brazilian engineering students with high-impact learning opportunities. These exchanges form part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant winning partnership between Southwestern Community College District and Universidad Tecnológico de Tijuana in Mexico created a border program to allow students greater mobility for study abroad. The program also included an International Logistics focus, allowing participating students from both sides of the border to study the power of binational workforces in the Cali-Baja region. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • From May-August 2018, a University of California, San Diego English language professor spent 16 weeks in Antofagasta teaching engineering faculty from Universidad Católica del Norte and Universidad de Antofagasta (Chile). The English language component is part of a project funded by Chile’s Production Development Corporation (CORFO) called Engineering 2030. In 2012, the Chilean Government launched the Engineering 2030 program to redesign engineering education, enhance applied research, and create entrepreneurial ecosystems in the field. Embassy Santiago provided no funding but supported this initiative as part of its English language program objectives. – More: https://ucsd.edu/ 
  • In August 2018, three accomplished Chilean high school science teachers participated in the one week Institute of the Americas (IOA) workshop “Teaching the Next Generation of Scientists: Professional Workshop for STEM instructors,” held in La Jolla. The program is for talented instructors from low-income, underserved areas of Latin America and provides a unique opportunity to engage educators in innovative teaching techniques, hands-on lab experience, and STEM fieldwork.
  • Embassy Santiago partially funded three high school science teachers in 2018 and will partially fund another three high school teachers to attend the IOA STEM instructors workshop in August 2019. – More: https://www.iamericas.org/stem/ 
  • Professors from the University of California at San Diego provided STEM classes and workshops to Mexican teachers via a collaboration between the Institute of the Americas and the University of California at San Diego’s Center for Aerosol Impacts on Climate and Environment. Data reviewed in this session, as well as future resources, will be provided in Spanish to all participating instructors and accessible free of charge online. For the first time in nine years, the educators participated in Qualcomm’s World of Work (Qwow- career vocational training for junior & high school students) and created 3-D representations of an innovative idea through Qualcomm’s Thinkabit Lab Engineering component.
  • Pitzer College and Vancouver Island University organized an academic exchange focused on indigenous mentorship and programs. The exchange between the two universities fostered greater opportunities for students from indigenous/first nation communities and promoted the exchange of local resources with their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • GateWay Community College and Universidad de Guanajuato (Mexico) used their 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to create a two way study abroad program in water to provide a comprehensive student experience for both U.S. and Mexican students, to include classroom instruction, hands-on lab activities, local water source excursions, industry presentations/tours, networking receptions, contextualized language instruction, and cultural events. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, California State University San Marcos and Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Peru) are collaborating to enhance the academic experience of students in the United States and Peru through joint research on wildlife biology and public outreach surrounding jaguar and wild cat conservation. Students will learn about the science, sociology, and data surrounding species conservation while developing their language and design skills in an immersive experience that will start in the classroom and lead to the jungle. The reoccurring program aims to increase the number of STEM students studying abroad while improving outcomes for students underrepresented in STEM disciplines. Program participants will present their findings and experiences with the goal of improving coexistence between humans and threatened animals, and to influence future generations of STEM students. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana (Mexico) with University of California, San Diego, created a program to promote and sustain student mobility through research collaboration within the field of aeronautic engineering with assistance from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a certificate for their research internship and present their findings at a professional summit. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission has awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. In 2017, an economics graduate student began a two-year program at the University of California in Berkeley and a biology graduate student is completing a two-year program at California State University. – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Mexicali (Mexico) with San Diego State University, Imperial Valley Campus (US), with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, are creating a bilateral exchange program in the area of renewable energy. This program provides students from both the U.S. and Mexico the foundation to become the next generation of clean energy engineers. Students visit alternative energy plants, and expand their scope of work to include renewable energy training on the local, national and international level with Mexican institutions. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

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  • The University of California, Los Angeles has participated in every high-level Science & Technology Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) with Vietnam since 2011. These meetings, facilitated by the Department of State, raise the profile of the university’s collaboration to S&T communities in both countries, leading to research and education partnerships. – More: http://collaborate.ncura.edu/HigherLogic/System/DownloadDocumentFile.ashx?DocumentFileKey=a7621257-3ee6-4755-bcd9-4623340f28f3 
  • Researchers from the University of California, Davis received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 
  • Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles received funding from the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation program, which seeks to facilitate scientific cooperation between scientists in the two countries, thus benefiting U.S.-based researchers in selected areas. The researchers worked with their Pakistani counterparts to submit a joint project proposal that was merit reviewed by representatives from both countries and selected for funding. – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 

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