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  • In FY17, Connecticut-based companies received approval to export $4,549,544,034 worth of defense articles and services licensed by the Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • Japan’s Indeed, Inc., an online job search firm, in July 2017 announced plans to add 500 jobs over the next several years, boosting its Stamford workforce to 1,200 employees. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) Connecticut hosted 4,828 foreign physicians, teachers, camp counselors, au pairs and others as part of work and study-based Exchange Visitor Program. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://j1visa.state.gov/basics/facts-and-figures/ 
  • 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 $17.3 billion. Those exports supported approximately 65,100 Connecticut jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Connecticut supports an additional 105,300 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ct.pdf 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Connecticut. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/engage/events 
  • 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 15 active participants from the state of Connecticut. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • 31 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Connecticut were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 73 international students received a Fulbright to study in Connecticut. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 13 students from Connecticut received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, awarded to students of limited financial means. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program 
  • 15,278 international higher education students studied abroad in Connecticut. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 136 exchange visitors from overseas visited Connecticut and 146 Connecticut residents travelled overseas as part of the Department’s educational and cultural exchange funded programs. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Philip Beekman): 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. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the training of international military students at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Connecticut and also support the local economy. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • The University of Connecticut, Instituto de Ciencia Animal (Cuba), Universidad Agraria de La Habana (Cuba), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Agrícolas (Cuba), and the Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (Cuba) are working together to create a new program for students to undertake field-based research and advance their bi-cultural collaboration in the economic, environmental, and societal issues that affect agriculture production and food security in the United States and Cuba. This partnership is 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: https://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. One Fulbright graduate student began a two-year law program at Yale University in 2016. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Sacred Heart University is partnering with Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala) to connect Health Science students from both institutions and engage with them through their study of the global health challenges in the U.S. and Guatemala for a semester. This partnership is 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. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 

Partnerships

  • Connecticut-based companies were approved to provide approximately $748 million in defense equipment and services to U.S. partners under the Foreign Military Sales program, which is overseen by the U.S. Department of State. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-arms-control-and-international-security-affairs/bureau-of-political-military-affairs/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Connecticut National Guard State Partnership Program with Uruguay founded in 2000. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with Yale University in New Haven, CT to develop a better understanding of the organizational capabilities and structural design that allow police forces to be more effective, resilient, and more trusted by the citizens they serve. Yale trained 833 Mexican police professionals in 2018 on procedural justice and how to have productive interactions with citizens. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.yale.edu 
  • INL has partnered with the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) to operate the INL International Corrections Management Training Center since 2011. In 2018, the CDOC trained over 20 countries on a range of correctional topics such as Correctional Institution Management, Prisoner Transport, First Line Leadership and Management of Female Offenders. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://www.colorado.gov/cdoc/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Connecticut, and Yale University 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • A company from Connecticut received a grant from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for a joint venture with an Israeli company. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • A researcher from the University of Connecticut received a grant 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 
  • Atlantic salmon, once native to rivers throughout New England, are critically endangered in the United States. Given their extensive range in the North Atlantic, the recovery of these salmon requires both domestic and international action. The North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization, (NASCO) promotes the conservation, restoration, enhancement, and rational management of salmon stocks across the North Atlantic Ocean through international cooperation, where OES/OMC is represented on the U.S. delegation. In coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OES/OMC works through NASCO to promote conservation, scientific research, and minimize impacts on U.S.-origin Atlantic salmon caught in foreign fisheries. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.nasco.int/ 
  • 2019 will be the focal year of the International Year of the Salmon (IYS), a joint North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO) and the North Pacific Anadromous Fisheries Commission (NPAFC) initiative to raise awareness on the importance of wild salmon and support research to restore and maintain sustainable populations. OES has supported IYS through voluntary contributions to NASCO and NPAFC in recent years. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) 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. (Source: Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • 42 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Connecticut on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Yale University is 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. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded $750,000 to Lawyers Without Borders to improve human trafficking investigations and prosecutions in Tanzania through capacity building trainings for criminal justice actors. (Source: Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/office-to-monitor-and-combat-trafficking-in-persons/ 

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