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  • The Department helped facilitate Thai Investment in a petrochemical complex feasibility study by PTT Global Chemical for $100 million (potential $6 billion complex) (SelectUSA). (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: https://www.selectusa.gov/servlet/servlet.FileDownload?file=015t00000004pro 
  • Ohio hosted 7,310 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 $54.2 billion. Those exports supported approximately 248,978 Ohioan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Ohio supports an additional 267,500 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/oh.pdf 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs contributed more than $5 million to the State of Ohio by participating in the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, ensuring that sustainable populations of salmon, trout, and whitefish are maintained, and that U.S. stakeholders continue to have harvest opportunities. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://www.legislative.noaa.gov/NIYS/ 
  • 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/ 
  • 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 $167 million to the economy of the state of Ohio for alfalfa – vital to the production of cattle for beef and dairy – and tens of millions more for other agricultural products like tomatoes, peppers, apples, cucumbers, and others. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=ohio&year=2017 
  • A researcher from Case Western Reserve University received a grant from the U.S.-Indo Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize technology related to a diagnostic test to optimize breast cancer chemotherapy, in coordination 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 
  • Researchers from the University of Cincinnati were awarded funds from the India-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on improving patient incomes after stroke and Investigating Dark Matter and Star Formation. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Cincinnati were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops related to pathways for acute stroke care. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, and Wright State University 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 
  • In FY17, Ohio-based companies received approval to export $317,675,485 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 Ohio. (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 27 active participants from the state of Ohio. – More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Louis Fentor): 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 
  • 67 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Ohio were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 114 international students received a Fulbright to study in Ohio. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 81 students from Ohio 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 
  • 37,583 international higher education students studied abroad in Ohio. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 1,279 exchange visitors from overseas visited Ohio and 234 Ohio 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 Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs-supported Legal Education for Visiting Afghan Scholars program brings promising Afghan lawyers to the Ohio Northern University Law School to pursue their Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree. Eight LL.M. graduates returned to Afghanistan to improve and strengthen the justice sector in spring 2018. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: http://www.onu.edu/ruleoflaw/afghan_llm_program 
  • Kent State 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. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs)
  • The Department of State's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Ohio while also supporting 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 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. The programs were designed to improve primary and secondary education programs. Twenty-five educators participated in a training program at Ohio State University. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) – More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya, Lima (Peru) and Xavier University created an ongoing academic exchange program for students from both universities. Students focus on water preservation, conservation, and sustainable practices to compare the experiences of Cincinnati to Lima and offer unique solutions to environmental sustainability. These exchanges are 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/ 
  • Kent State University is partnering with Universidad del Rosario (Colombia) to enable students to engage in experiential learning in peace building and peace education abroad. These exchanges are 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/ 

Partnerships

  • The Department of State facilitates the Ohio National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Hungary founded in 1993. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • The Department of State facilitates the Ohio National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Serbia founded in 2005. (Source: Bureau of Political-Military Affairs) – More: http://www.nationalguard.mil/Leadership/Joint-Staff/J-5/International-Affairs-Division/State-Partnership-Program/ 
  • 2,229 Ohio residents hosted or supported 1,055 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 116,090 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 19 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Ohio on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between the City of Columbus/Franklin County, Columbus Sister Cities International, and the City of Hefei of Anhui Province founded projects focused on electric vehicles, wetlands, green buildings, and converting solid waste methane to energy. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Case Western University and China National Off-Shore Corp-New Energy Investment, Inc. focused on clean and efficient transportation. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) – More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Researchers from Ohio University 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. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/pakistan/index.htm 
  • Researchers from Case Western University, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Kent State University, and The Ohio 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 Ohio 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)
  • Miami University and Oberlin College 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/ 
  • Ohio hosted a cohort of 26 Pakistani youth and 8 faculty on a water conservation partnership. Faculty from Ohio offered courses, seminars, curriculum development and mentoring in the partner institutions abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. (Source: Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs) – More: https://thedaily.case.edu/leonard-gelfand-stem-centers-james-bader-honored-summer-work-students-pakistan/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs has formally partnered with the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) since 2012. In 2018, the OSHP conducted an Advanced/Technical Traffic Accident Investigation course as part of INL/Bangkok’s Law Enforcement Support project. The advanced course was the third in a series of trainings presented by OSHP since 2017. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) – More: https://statepatrol.ohio.gov/ 
  • 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/ 
  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired one elementary school 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/ 

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