International Studies and Programs Latest News 2017-07-26T02:41:30-04:00 Zend_Feed_Writer International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University <![CDATA[World Bank highlights African youth agripreneurship research by MSU]]>

Africa's global political and economic impact, and young Africans' share of the labor force, are both going to increase in the next 20 years. But, more than half of Africa's unemployed and underemployed population are youth. Research by Michigan State University, in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, examines the potential for African agrifood systems to provide employment opportunities for Africa's youth, focusing on Tanzania, Rwanda and Nigeria.

2017-07-22T13:19:04-04:00 2017-07-22T13:20:43-04:00 Danielle Fowler
<![CDATA[Youth Essay Contest Winners: Working Together to Create the Africa We Want]]> Three African youth have been selected as the winners of an essay contest co-hosted by MSU's Alliance for African Partnership and Youth Empowerment Programs. The essay contest, titled "Working Together to Create the Africa We Want," invited African citizens between the ages of 15-24, to describe their desired future for Africa and the role of youth in that future.

2017-07-21T04:15:11-04:00 2017-07-21T04:16:30-04:00 Rachel Warner
<![CDATA[2017 Summer Internships and Research in Africa]]>

39 Scholars (11 Master's and 28 undergraduates) from the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at Michigan State University are engaged in research and internships at 41 sites throughout 15 African nations and the United States.

2017-07-14T11:51:07-04:00 2017-07-14T11:51:07-04:00 The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
<![CDATA[AFSEP Initiative Shows Success at MSU]]> In the fall of 2016, faculty at Michigan State University launched the African Female Student Empowerment Program. AFSEP works to educate, encourage, and inspire African female students at MSU.

2017-07-14T13:58:12-04:00 2017-07-14T13:58:12-04:00 The Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program
<![CDATA[New Scholar Elected as Scholars Council Representative]]>

Every year, MasterCard Foundation Scholars elect a new Scholars Council Representative. After a nomination and campaign process, a Scholar is chosen to hold this position for a one-year term. The newly elected Representative is Jackie Umurerwa, an undergraduate nursing student expecting to graduate in December 2019.

2017-06-28T14:32:03-04:00 2017-06-30T10:54:49-04:00 The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
<![CDATA[MasterCard Foundation Scholar receives more than just financial benefit]]>

Growing up in Zimbabwe, MasterCard Foundation Scholar Panashe Mayangamutse dreamt of becoming an engineer. Now, she is looking forward to returning to Africa to apply what she's learned at Michigan State—to positively affect the engineering profession, her community, and the world.

2017-06-28T14:48:46-04:00 2017-06-28T15:15:36-04:00 Danielle Fowler
<![CDATA[MSU expert testifies on U.S. interest in agricultural development in Africa]]>

Thomas Jayne, a University Foundation professor in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and co-director of the Alliance for African Partnership, was requested to testify before the House Committee on Agriculture on June 7 concerning "The Next Farm Bill: The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development."

2017-06-21T11:06:07-04:00 2017-06-21T11:06:07-04:00 Danielle Fowler
<![CDATA[MSU MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program Celebrates 2017 Graduates]]>

MSU's MasterCard Foundation Graduating Scholars were celebrated at the program's graduation reception on May 3. The 2017 class represents a significant milestone because of its size—the 10 undergraduate and 12 graduate scholars represent the largest graduating class that the program has ever had.

2017-06-26T09:39:42-04:00 2017-06-26T09:41:17-04:00 The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
<![CDATA[International Spartan Spotlight: Alexandra Carolina Torres]]>

Alexandra Carolina Torres came to Michigan State University from Quito, Ecuador to pursue her dream of becoming a master adwoman. She came to the U.S. searching for opportunities in the advertising industry, and found MSU's top-ranking ComArts program to be exactly what she was looking for.

2017-04-26T10:47:25-04:00 2017-04-26T10:47:25-04:00 Danielle Fowler
<![CDATA[Scholars Present Undergraduate Research]]>

Several MasterCard Foundation Scholars had the opportunity to present at the annual University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) which provides Michigan State undergraduate students with an opportunity to showcase their scholarship and creative activity. The students' research was varied, with presentations on topics such as neuroscience, poetry, and non-governmental organizations.

2017-01-05T15:01:39-05:00 2017-01-05T15:04:12-05:00 The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program