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Michigan

Partnerships

  • 1,186 Michigan residents hosted or supported 156 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 7,376 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 16 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Michigan on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs partnered with Michigan Tech Research Institute to provide expertise on glacier systems in Chile to improve understanding of the contribution of glaciers to available water resources. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://chile.usembassy.gov/2011press0822-glacier.html 
  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, Yaha Basha, CEO of the medical diagnostics firm Basha Diagnostics, engaged Finnish audiences on entrepreneurship and immigration. He shared his insights about successfully integrating new immigrants into the community and workforce. This program set the stage for a May 2017 visit to Washington D.C., Illinois, and Virginia by the Finnish Minister of Justice and Employment to explore aspects of social integration. While in the United States, the Minister spoke about the direction he will steer his agency, with an increased focus on more rapid employment. His comments clearly reflected the guidance he learned from Yaha Basha. (Source: Bureau of International Information Programs)
  • The American Corner at National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) in Lusaka Zambia hosted 12 students from Spring Arbor University in Michigan, so they could take part in an educational and cultural exchange. (Source: American Spaces) More: https://americanspaces.state.gov/home/ 
  • 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/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Michigan National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Liberia, founded in 2009. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 2 elementary schools with sister schools in Taiwan to promote environmental education. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://www.iep-global.org/programs/eco-campus-partnership/ 

Travel and Security

Jobs and Economy

  • General Motors (headquartered in Detroit) is a founding partner in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, The Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) More: http://www.vipfellowship.org/ 
  • U.S. Embassy Valletta "The Motor City" Documentary this grant supported a documentary called "the Motor City," which was created by two Maltese producers who interviewed Maltese immigrants in New York and Detroit. The documentary was screened in a number of local film festivals, and was highlighted during a celebration of "90-Years of Ford" in Malta, an event supporting commercial diplomacy and bilateral investment by showcasing memorabilia from Maltese migrants who worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. (Source: Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs)
  • 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 $253 million to the economy of the state of Michigan for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and another $272 million for apples, $203 million for potatoes, and hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products like blueberries, cucumbers, squash, cherries, and many others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=michigan&year=2017 
  • In April 2017, the Toyota Research Institute, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toyota Motor North America, Inc., invested $2.4 million to support a research team at the University of Michigan that will focus on machine learning and data simulation to improve the prediction of battery properties. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) In July 2017, the Toyota Research Institute, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., announced an investment of $5 million in the American Center for Mobility, an autonomous and connected vehicle testing facility in Ypsilanti Township. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • In July 2017, Japanese auto systems and components maker Denso International America Inc. announced its intention to invest $75 million by 2021 to expand its Southfield headquarters supported by a partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to recruit and train 120 new employees. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • In August 2017, Japan’s Hino Motors broke ground on a new, $20 million state of the art U.S. headquarters in Novi. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs)
  • Michigan hosted 7,823 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 $57.9 billion. Those exports supported approximately 271,337 Michigan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Michigan supports an additional 250,300 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/mi.pdf 
  • In FY17, Michigan-based companies received approval to export $116,579,826 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/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Michigan. (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 19 active participants from the state of Michigan. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Louis Fintor): 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 
  • 47 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Michigan were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 159 international students received a Fulbright to study in Michigan. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 66 students from Michigan 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 
  • 34,049 international higher education students studied abroad in Michigan. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 946 exchange visitors from overseas visited Michigan and 497 Michigan 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 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. Twenty-five educators participated in a program at Michigan State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador) and Michigan State University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Boston College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Virginia Tech are working together to build study abroad programs through a student research program in the sciences, curriculum integration, student incentives, program marketing, and the implementation of a web-based data management system. These exchanges were 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/ 
  • Universidad de Colima (Mexico) and University of South Florida and Michigan Technological University are creating a program focused on the area of volcanology and develop an expanded and sustainable student exchange program between collaborating institutions through a grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund. This program increases field-based learning opportunities for U.S. students and will increase the laboratory-based opportunities for their Mexican counterparts. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Grand Valley State University in partnership with Universidad del Bio-Bio is embarking on a bilateral exchange program to increase north-south mobility and to build intercultural competence in under-represented student populations at both institutions. The CAMINO program seeks to reach students of color and those with high financial need at GSVU and students from the most under-resourced groups at UBB. These exchanges were 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/ 
  • Western Michigan University with Universidad De La Salle Bajio (Mexico) received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant to address obesity in U.S./Mexican migrants through study abroad. Students go to rural communities in Mexico and migrant communities in Michigan to gain insight into the Mexican immigrant experience, particularly as it relates to nutrition. They participate in community service activities with local organizations in the host community, where they work with community members to explore issues of nutrition, traditional cooking, and exercise. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Through this 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Michigan State University will lead its partner institutions of the Universidad de La Habana (Cuba), Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública (Cuba), Marian University,Meharry Medical College and Western Michigan University to develop their own interdisciplinary courses and international programs to Cuba through several developmental workshops. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Wayne State University (U.S.) with Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia) received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to study the fundamental approaches to conflict resolution and peace initiatives in both countries and provide students with the opportunity to learn from two different experiences and perspectives on conflict and post-conflict resolution. U.S. students will analyze the recent evolution of Colombia’s armed conflict, as well as the various peace processes and peace building experiences associated with it. Colombian students will learn about Detroit’s history of civic conflict resolution, civil rights, and immigrant integration in the community. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Through this 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, Michigan State University will lead its partner institutions of the Universidad de La Habana (Cuba), Escuela Nacional de Salud Pública (Cuba), Marian University,Meharry Medical College and Western Michigan University to develop their own interdisciplinary courses and international programs to Cuba through several developmental workshops. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Wayne State University (U.S.) with Universidad Externado de Colombia (Colombia) received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund to study the fundamental approaches to conflict resolution and peace initiatives in both countries and provide students with the opportunity to learn from two different experiences and perspectives on conflict and post-conflict resolution. U.S. students will analyze the recent evolution of Colombia’s armed conflict, as well as the various peace processes and peace building experiences associated with it. Colombian students will learn about Detroit’s history of civic conflict resolution, civil rights, and immigrant integration in the community. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs offered Western Michigan University $80,000 in grant funding to train graduate students abroad. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) 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/ 
  • The commercial and recreational fisheries of the Great Lakes employ thousands of Americans and generate billions of dollars in economic activity each year in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Through the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission (GLFC), established by a treaty concluded in the 1950s, the United States and Canada cooperate to coordinate research into these shared fisheries and develop measures to ensure their long-term sustainability. The GLFC also coordinates efforts to eradicate parasitic sea lamprey, an invasive species that entered the Great Lakes in the early 20th century and nearly decimated populations of Great Lakes trout, salmon, whitefish, and other fish. Through its sea lamprey control programs, funded by OES through the International Fisheries Commissions account, populations of sea lamprey are sharply down, and the fish stocks are rebuilding. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.glfc.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Michigan and Michigan State 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/ 
  • Companies from Michigan 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs)
  • A researcher from Western Michigan University 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 
  • Business representatives from Michigan in coordination with GIST, helped to host startup trainings that delivered on-the-ground training and mentoring to young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs in Central Asia. The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative links American investors and businesses with foreign science entrepreneurs and helps create an environment conducive to American-compatible science, technology, and innovation and business efforts. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: http://www.gistnetwork.org/ 

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