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  • New Jersey hosted 9,808 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, New Jersey-based companies received approval to export $1,008,405,248 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/ 
  • 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 $35.6 billion. Those exports supported approximately 161,960 New Jersey jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into New Jersey supports an additional 283,600 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/nj.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 $78 million to the economy of the state of New Jersey for blueberries, and hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products like peaches, tomatoes, apples, peppers, 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=new%20jersey&year=2017 
  • An entrepreneur from AniaraSpaceCom LLC was awarded funds by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize millimeter wave transceiver technology with a partner in India. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in New Jersey. (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 37 active participants from the state of New Jersey. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Tiffany McGriff): 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 
  • 72 Scholars, Students and Teachers from New Jersey were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 72 international students received a Fulbright to study in New Jersey. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 29 students from New Jersey 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 
  • 22,924 international higher education students studied abroad in New Jersey. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 148 exchange visitors from overseas visited New Jersey and 472 New Jersey 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/ 
  • Rutgers University and Rowan University are members of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs 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. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • A high school student from New Jersey participated in the first-ever WiSci Girls STEAM Camp in Gashora, Rwanda, which brought 30 American and 90 African girls together for a three week curriculum in computer science, robotics, leadership, and social enterprise during summer 2015. Part of the Let Girls Learn Initiative, the goal of WiSci is to empower young women with the knowledge and skillsets to be competitive with their male counterparts during a time of rapid, technological development, providing them with access to high-tech resources, like-minded peers, impactful business connections and inspiring mentors. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) Saint Peter’s University and Universidad Católica de Salta (Argentina) are partnering to establish e a bilateral, international mobility program to develop future bilingual international business professionals with academic and practical experience abroad. International Trade and Marketing students will learn about the cultural, legal, and economic aspects of foreign markets and visit local companies and organizations. 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/ 
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University and the CETYS Universidad (Mexico) will introduce a new study abroad initiative to foster a culture of bilateral student exchange. The program is strategically designed to encourage students to pursue longer terms abroad and develop more equal exchange between the two institutions; however, with FDU having campuses in New Jersey and Vancouver, Canada, the summer program will be open to students from both campuses with the goal of ultimately creating tri-lateral movement. 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/ 
  • Montclair State University and Universidad Mayor Chile (Chile) are developing a new course introducing students to latest biotechnology research techniques and preparing bilingual professionals to be active members of the international research community. 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

  • 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/ 
  • 51 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in New Jersey on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov 
  • Researchers from the Institute of Advanced Study, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Princeton University and Rutgers 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 New Jersey 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 Rutgers 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 
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 9 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/ 
  • Stevens Institute of Technology and Stockton University 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. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • Johnson & Johnson (headquartered in New Brunswick), the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Gilead Sciences, Girl Effect, and 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. (Source: Office of Global Partnerships) – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the New Jersey National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Albania, founded in 2001. (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: 678,527. (Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs) – More: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/statistics.html 
  • Passport Application Acceptance Facilities 215. (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 91 children who were adopted by U.S. citizens from New Jersey. 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/adoptionsabroad/en/about-us/statistics.html 
  • Diplomatic Security New York Field Office serves New Jersey: 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 – Resident Office: Fort Lee Investigative Field Office) – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

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