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Partnerships

  • U.S.-Taiwan International Environmental Partnership (IEP) Eco-Campus Project paired 15 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/ 
  • 62 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Texas on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://ylai.state.gov/fellowship/ 
  • The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs partnered with the Houston Police Department in 2017 to train the Patrol Police of Ukraine’s new Crowd Control Units, and to send Houston detectives to train the Salvadoran Homicide Investigation Team (HIT).. Regarding Ukraine, because of the training - provided both in Houston and Ukraine - the new Ukraine Patrol Police are increasingly taking over crowd control functions from the old and universally unpopular Berkut forces in 12 major cities.. The Patrol Police’s crowd control units and tactics have received wide praise from observers in a number of high-profile demonstrations and public order challenges in recent months, a stark contrast to the aggressive and abusive tactics that characterized Berkut crowd control. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: http://www.houstontx.gov/police/ 
  • The INL Bureau partners with the U.S Border Patrol- Rio Grande Valley Sector to implement the Border Integration and Coordination Center (GCIF), a Salvadoran multi-agency task force supporting DHS and U.S. state and local law enforcement to identify, arrest, or deny entry to gang members.. GCIF officials, originally deployed to McAllen, Texas, conduct research and report information to DHS and relevant law enforcement for further action.. In 2018, GCIF information exchanges identified 861 gang members not previously known to U.S. law enforcement, 129 not previously known to Salvadoran authorities; 98 human smugglers/facilitators; 315 Salvadorans with active arrest warrants; and resulted in 94 significant arrests.. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/border-patrol-sectors 
  • Since 2017, INL has partnered with the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNT-HSC) to combat human trafficking by building DNA capacity in the region.. This includes establishing a DNA database of known samples from parents or family members with missing or abducted individuals in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.. UNT-HSC is a world leader in forensics and works to create a sustainable legal framework for collection and use of DNA forensics to combat human trafficking.. In 2018, UNT continued to work with INL forensics teams, INL Directors, and host nation counterparts in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to develop the program in close coordination with INL and host governments. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.unthsc.edu/graduate-school-of-biomedical-sciences/institute-of-applied-genetics-iag/ 
  • INL funded a study visit for senior law enforcement officials from Ghana to McAllen, TX, to learn about U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s operations, policies, and procedures.. The visit was a component of our Ghana Border Management and Integration Program. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.cbp.gov/ 
  • In 2018, Harris County’s STAR Drug Court Program hosted a senior Vietnamese delegation to visit their court to learn how the drug court model works to build the community's confidence in the criminal justice system through more effective judicial and public intervention based on changed perceptions of addiction. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.justex.net/Courts/Drug/Adult/Default.aspx 
  • INL has partnered with the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) since 2014. In 2018, TxDPS trained Guatemala National Police in defensive tactics and basic pistol training in Texas.. TxDPS conducted a Field Training Officer course for Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) and assessed the Haitian National Police’s (HNP’s) ability to effectively use command and control practices in operational environments, with a focus on public demonstrations and crises.. TxDPS also conducted a workshop for Haitian National Police (HNP) to develop crowd control policy and operational directives, with subsequent phases to occur in 2019. (Source: Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs) More: https://www.dps.texas.gov/ 
  • Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (headquartered in West Lake Hills), Saath Charitable Trust, Brick Eagle, Indian Housing Federation (IHF), DBS Affordable Housing Pvt. Ltd., and Micro Housing Finance Corporation Ltd. (MHFC) were recognized for their partnership “Griha Pravesh.” 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/ 
  • University of Texas at Austin 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 Austin-based U.S. Business Council for Sustainable Development and the China Business Council for Sustainable Development produces cross-industry material reuse opportunities. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings and China Huadian Corporation pursues sustainable business models for clean energy, particularly in the area of clean coal. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Houston-based Floating Windfarms Corp. and Tangshan Caofeidian New Development Area focuses on offshore windfarm technology. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • The U.S.-China EcoPartnership between Round Rock-based IMACC, Ramboll Environ, and the Suzhou State Environmental Protection Hitech Industrial Park provides real-time monitoring of air pollution at key chemical industrial parks. (Source: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) More: http://ecopartnerships.lbl.gov/ 
  • Travelers from the Lower Mekong Initiative Sub-Region visited Harris County (Houston) to learn about local vector control and vector-borne disease prevention methods, many of which are applicable to their home countries, in October 2018.. The group also visited Miami-Dade County, Florida.. The week culminated with a series of action plans to chart next steps and enhance cooperation between U.S. experts and Lower Mekong vector control officers. (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/ 
  • Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor University, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, Texas A&M University, Texas Engineering Experiment Station Services, Texas Tech University, Trinity University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas, and William Marsh Rice 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 Texas 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)
  • Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Professor of Bioengineering andDirector of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health began her tenure as U.S. Science Envoy for Health Security. (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/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Texas, Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on cancer research, nanotechnology, and nanomaterials, drug re-purposing, assessing regional hydrology, enzymology, and energy conversion in Li-ion batteries. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://www.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/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 
  • Texas hosted 9 faculty from universities in Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department.. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 9 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution 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://liberalarts.utexas.edu/southasia/news/article.php?id=9783 
  • In FY17, Texas-based companies received approval to export $732,875,945 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’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of State-Defense Integration has a Foreign Policy Advisor (POLAD) assigned to U.S. Army South (ARSOUTH) and another POLAD assigned to the U.S. Army North (USARNORTH).. Both work out of Fort Sam Houston.. POLADs are U.S. diplomats that serve typically two-year tours at U.S. military commands and provide foreign policy advice to senior military leadership. (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's International Military Education and Training (IMET) program funds the education and training of international military students at various locations within Texas, including the Inter-American Air Force Academy and the Defense Language Institute at Lackland Air Force Base, as well as the Sergeant Major Academy in El Paso.. These training programs provide foreign students exposure to the culture and history of the United States and the State of Texas 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 Department of State facilitates the Texas National Guard’s State Partnership Program with the Czech Republic 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 Texas National Guard’s State Partnership Program with Chile founded in 2008. (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

Jobs and Economy

  • Texas hosted 13,442 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 $315.4 billion.. Those exports supported approximately 910,304 Texan jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Texas supports an additional 596,900 jobs (2016). (Source: Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs) More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/tx.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 $3 billion to the economy of the state of Texas for cotton, plus hundreds of millions more for other agricultural products such as potatoes, melons, grapefruits, grapes, 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=texas&year=2017 
  • An entrepreneur from Cognita Labs and Rice University was awarded funds by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize a handheld product to better detect airway disease 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 
  • In July 2018, through a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the University of Texas at San Antonio delivered programs, networking and mentoring opportunities to the young Argentine entrepreneurs, including the alumni of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), with the goal of fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. They engaged YLAI Network members to reinvigorate Argentina’s entrepreneurial spirit, and promoted the establishment of the Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Argentina. The University received $2500 per participant.. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/argentine-entrepreneurs-selected-for-the-ylai-professional-fellows-program/ 
  • Information about Department career recruitment events in Texas. (Source: Bureau of Human Resources) More: https://careers.state.gov/connect/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 66 active participants from the state of Texas. More: http://www.global.howard.edu/ralph-j-bunche/fellowship/ 

Education

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Julie Kavanagh): 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 awarded grant funding to the University of Texas at Austin to support individual and institutional technology commercialization activity in Turkey through the Practical Technology Commercialization Program (PTCP). The program works to translate innovative research findings into new products and services and companies for national and international markets. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://ic2.utexas.edu/education/act/ 
  • 76 Scholars, Students and Teachers from Texas were awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, and 163 international students received a Fulbright to study in Texas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://eca.state.gov/fulbright 
  • 232 students from Texas 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 
  • 84,348 international higher education students studied abroad in Texas. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs)
  • 2,200 Texas residents hosted or supported 1,048 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 17,387 hours of service. (Source: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs) More: https://educationusa.state.gov/ 
  • 1,149 exchange visitors from overseas visited Texas and 639 Texas 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/ 
  • Alvin Community College is a member 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)
  • The Department of State awarded grant funding to the University of Texas at Austin to support individual and institutional technology commercialization activity in Turkey through the Practical Technology Commercialization Program (PTCP).. The program works to translate innovative research findings into new products and services and companies for national and international markets. (Source: Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs) More: https://ic2.utexas.edu/education/act/ 
  • Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin 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 
  • A researcher from Texas A&M 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 
  • The proposal on “Migration, Inclusion, and Diversity in Texan and Chilean K-12 Schools and Local Communities: MID Texas-Chile Project,” presented by Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile) and Texas State University San Marcos was awarded a 2018 grant from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.. The project provides academic exchange opportunities for nine undergraduate UAH students, one UAH professor, and three Texas State professors.. It will establish an ongoing study abroad course in Chile for Texas State’s teacher education students, and a similar model in Texas for UAH students who are studying to be teachers of English.. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • 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 training program at the University of Texas at Austin. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/ 
  • 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 the University of Texas at Austin. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • U.S. Mission Mexico has sponsored since 2015 a summer research program at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to enable 15 Mexican students to spend eight weeks conducting research at the university.. UTD provides one-on-one mentors according to the participants’ fields of interest.. This initiative is the result of a solid partnership and co-sponsoring among the U.S. Embassy, Mexico’s ANUIES (Asociación Nacional de Universidades e Institutions de Educación Superior), and UTD. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.anuies.mx/noticias_ies/inicia-periodo-de-postulacin-para-el-aprograma-de-investigacin-verano 
  • In 2017, a program was created to strengthen and grow a faculty-led program administered by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages (EPML) at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX (WTAMU), called “Buffs” in Nicaragua.. It allowed for increased U.S. student participation, collaboration with a Nicaraguan university, Universidad America (UAM), and increased service-learning efforts at a Managua school for low-income youth. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://wtamu.edu/news/-buffs-in-nicaragua-program-receives-grant.aspx 
  • Since 2002, U.S. Embassy Montevideo, along with the binational U.S.-Uruguay Fulbright Commission, has supported the Teacher Exchange program, a public-private partnership that has sent 425 public teachers and principals to the United States for a three-week program to take courses, visit U.S. classrooms, and share with U.S. colleagues. The program has been administrated by TIEC (Texas International Education Consortium) in Austin, Texas. The program is also sponsored by the Uruguayan National Administration of Public Education, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and several private companies together with the U.S. Embassy Montevideo. Approximately 25 Uruguayan educators travel through this program each year. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://www.tiec.org/news/2019fulbrighturuguay 
  • Texas State University and Universidad Alberto Hurtado (Chile) will create a new credit-bearing, study abroad course for English as a Second Language, undergraduate students. The program will engage students in cross-cultural exploration, learning, and projects related to issues of migration, inclusion, and diversity in K-12 schools and local communities in Texas and Chile. This exchange 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/ 
  • University of Texas at El Paso and the Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) are collaborating to develop a new, bilateral exchange opportunity for engineering students that focuses on leadership and sustainability. While abroad, students will participate in networking meetings, field visits, and workshops, and will form bi-national teams to address specific problems and design collaborative, sustainable solutions. This program will help bridge the study abroad participation gap by prioritizing Hispanic and first-generation college students from UTEP by strengthening the capacities of both universities to offer opportunities abroad. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Texas at El Paso and Universidad Guadalajara (Mexico) promoted study abroad programs to provide opportunities for students in international engineering, business, social and cultural practices that support environmental sustainability.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley and the Universidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (Costa Rica) will create a long-term program centered on sustainability, specifically with regards to water and energy conservation. Students from each institution will be trained to apply the concept of green buildings to water and energy savings according to the local contexts, while forming cross-cultural relationships and improving language skills through group work on course projects. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Texas at Austin, and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico) created a project to jumpstart cross-border interdisciplinary collaborations between the United States and Mexico by increasing the number of students engaged in joint IS-GEO research.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of North Texas, along with the Universidad Nacional de la Plata in Argentina and Universidad Autónoma del Este de México organized exchange programs to study landfill pollution across the Americas and develop policy recommendations for reducing waste and environmental contamination.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of North Texas and CETYS University, Mexicali (Mexico) partnered to promote undergraduate and graduate student mobility between the U.S. and Mexico. The program will focus on STEM workforce needs that are common to both countries. The program will establish a bi-national cohesive cohort though structures focused on technical, cultural, and social learning to promote cultural competency. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of North Texas and Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa in Brazil initiated a graduate study abroad program allowing participants to focus on addressing a problem of critical importance for Brazilian and U.S. students: the environmental impacts of ammonia in water supply sources, its effects on the water treatment process, and the availability of water for human consumption.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • Texas Tech University and the University of Guyana (Guyana) partnered to establish a study abroad program with a focus on sustainable development for the oil and gas sector.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Texas at San Antonio, together with Universidad EAN in Colombia created an Environmental Engineering program focusing on soil containment.. The program allowed students from both universities to improve research and language skills, as well as better technical vocabulary and a strong cross-cultural component to heighten social responsibility and civic engagement.. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Texas at El Paso and CETYS University, Ensenada (Mexico) partnered to help build on existing strengths at University of Texas at El Paso related to educational programs in the field of Sustainability Engineering. The partnership is to develop a study abroad program with community impact that will showcase lasting examples of local and global sustainability through student involvement in a community driven project. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Texas El Paso and Universidad Autónoma de Mexico – Centro de Investigaciones sobre América del Norte (Mexico) partnered with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation to facilitate program activities studying water management along the U.S.-Mexican border.. Minority students studying environmental science benefitted from holistic case studies in the Mexico City metropolitan area, El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez.. These exchanges were all 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 University of Texas at El Paso (U.S.) with Instituto Tecnológico de Campeche, (Mexico), Instituto Tecnológico de Hermosillo (Mexico), and Instituto Tecnológico de Tlalpan (Mexico). The grant will create an exchange program for students to learn sustainable, human-engineered practices that are environmentally friendly and that promote social justice, focused on water, energy and architecture projects and fostering resilient communities that will meet the developmental needs of societies. This exchange 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/ 
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (U.S.) with Instituto Tecnológico de Matamoros, (Mexico) are developing a collaborative project focused on agroindustry, automotive industry, energy, and information and communication technologies with the assistance of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund.. The emphasis is on technology development and innovation, connecting students to internships in manufacturing, project-based learning, and bidirectional mobility for Mexican and U.S. students. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities.. One Fulbright graduate students is completing a three-year program studying engineering since 2017 at Texas A&M. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • In April 2018, the President of the Universidad Católica del Norte (Chile) led a delegation of seven professors and project directors in different fields (mathematics, English, educational informatics, philosophy and English language) on a visit to Texas Tech University.. The visit resulted in the signing of an MOU on student-faculty exchanges and joint research and teaching projects in wind, mining, big data and astronomy. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/coe/iep/study_abroad_pages/Study_in_Chile_2.php 
  • Texas A&M University -Texarkana and Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (Colombia) created a program where students participate in and develop community based environmental/energy experiential stations. Collaborating institutions will work with the community so that this will help serve as a foundation to develop similar programs. 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: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/texas-am-university-texarkana-texarkana-texas/ 
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, in cooperation with the U.S.-Argentina Binational Fulbright Commission and the private sector, 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 its inaugural year in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and 289 students participated in the 2018 cohort. In the 2017 and 2018 cohorts, Argentine undergraduate students went to the following campuses across the United States.. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at Virginia Tech. (Source: Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs) More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • The U.S. Department of State selected the Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA) to create course content for the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute’s Oil and Gas course. The PESA's Foreign and Civil Service Officer Energy Industry Training Program, created in 1993, trains foreign service officers responsible for oil and gas issues stationed in American embassies. PESA member companies offer their facilities and personnel to teach the officers every facet of the energy industry, from seismic to refining. The three-day session utilizes site visits, plant tours and panel presentations as well as visits to industry-supported educational facilities such as the Houston Museum of Natural Science Weiss Energy Exhibit. (Source: Bureau of Energy Resources) More: http://www.nrel.gov/ 

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