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  • University of Kansas 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.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Greensburg and the City of Mianzhu focused on economic revitalization. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Wichita and the City of Wuxi fosters the exchange of best practices on clean air and clean water on a municipal level. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Kansas 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 researcher from Kansas State University was awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct a workshop on coastal groundwater dynamics. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://iusstf.org/ 
  • 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/j/prm/index.htm 
  • 1,694 Kansas residents hosted or supported 487 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 8,435 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 27 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Kansas on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  • The Department of State facilitates the Kansas National Guard State Partnership Program with Armenia founded in 2002. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 

Travel and Security

  • Total Passports Issued in Fiscal Year 2018: 127,752. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities: 108. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: http://iafdb.travel.state.gov/DefaultForm.aspx 
  • In Fiscal Year 2017, the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) issued visas to 47 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from Kansas. Intercountry adoption is one CA's highest priorities. CA's Office of Children’s Issues plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process and works diligently to establish and maintain intercountry adoption as a viable option throughout the world. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) More: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/adopt_ref/adoption-statistics.html 
  • Diplomatic Security Chicago Field Office serves Kansas: 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. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. (Source: Bureau of Diplomatic Security) More: https://www.state.gov/m/ds/index.htm 

Jobs and Economy

  • Kansas hosted 1,573 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/ 
  • In FY17, Kansas-based companies received approval to export $21,076,636 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/t/pm/ 
  • 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 $11.6 billion. Those exports supported approximately 160,121 Kansan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Kansas supports an additional 58,000 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ks.pdf 
  • 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 $246 million to the economy of the state of Kansas for cotton. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=kansas&year=2017 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Kansas. (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 8 active participants from the state of Kansas.


  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Kristin Stewart): 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 
  • 7 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Kansas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 37 international students received a Fulbright to study in Kansas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 26 students from Kansas 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 
  • 9,571 international higher education students studied abroad in Kansas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 163 exchange visitors from overseas visited Kansas and 153 Kansas 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/ 
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Kansas while also supporting the local economy. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: https://www.state.gov/t/pm/ 
  • 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 U.S. 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 Kansas State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • Kansas University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Indiana University, Universidade Federal do Maranhão (Brazil), Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (Brazil), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), Universidad Pública de El Alto (Bolivia), and Universidad Campesina Carmen Pampa (Bolivia) are developing a new summer semester study abroad program called Global Inquiry, including language preparation, international development issues and innovations, and cross-cultural skill competencies. 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/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission and the Peruvian Ministry of Education 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 is completing a three-year program studying project management at the University of Kansas. This program has co-funding from the Asociación Los Andes de Cajamarca (ALAC), established for young professionals in technical fields from the northwest Cajamarca region of Peru. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 

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