International Publications

At Michigan State University, faculty, staff and students strategically align with partners in public sector organizations, governments and at other universities around the globe to study and address many of the world's most important issues. Our publications are designed to inform stakeholders of MSU's international reach through academic, research and economic development initiatives.

Annual Magazine

International Studies and Programs publishes an annual magazine to report on the research, teaching and outreach efforts of MSU's faculty and staff around the globe. International program sponsors, partners and alumni (including internationals or expatriates) interested in receiving a copy of the magazine may join our mailing list simply by emailing our communications department with their contact information. To request a print version of the latest magazine, please contact the Dean's office at or call 517.355.2350.

International Studies and Programs Brochure (PDF)*

This is a general brochure that briefly outlines the work and facts of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University.

International Initiatives

As international activity increases, MSU is working to strengthen strengthen strategic initiatives with its partner organizations in specific world regions and countries. Planning and projects are underway in several areas. MSU has produced working papers on these projects.

Working Papers

The Africa Papers (PDF)*

This collection of papers is dedicated to the extensive research and outreach work of more than 170 MSU faculty members working in Africa:

The China Papers (PDF)*

The Office of International Studies and Programs at Michigan State University established the Office of China Programs in July 2005 to help implement President Lou Anna K. Simon's “China Initiative,” part of the university's long-term strategic plan to become the nation's premier land-grant university for the 21st century. Through academic, research and economic development initiatives and global, national and local strategic alliances, the office aids the university in expanding its presence and outreach in China.
Currently, the office focuses on the following functions: developing joint education programs, developing joint research programs, facilitating technology transfer/consulting services, assisting the Office of Admissions in recruiting undergraduate students from China and working with the State of Michigan's China Office to promote economic development for the state.

The Brazil Overview (PDF)*

With multi-generational, collaborative research experience and unique global connections, Michigan State University is strategically placed to have a positive impact in Brazil and beyond. With more than 100 faculty members doing research relating to Brazil and the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosting visiting professionals and scholars on campus, MSU is supporting Brazilian's in their efforts to preserve history and culture, compete in the global markets and protect rare ecosystems.

The Malawi Overview (PDF)*

MSU involvement with the University of Malawi (UNIMA), the government of Malawi, and United States Agency for International Development (USAID) dates from the early 1980s when the USAID-funded MSU Bean/Cowpea Collaborative Research Support Program was launched with Bunda College of Agriculture. Today, MSU and its Malawian partners aim to transform traditional "silo" ways of doing research in order to better address today's complex problems. Most of these require interdisciplinary approaches to understand the synergies among human well-being, agricultural and environmental change, and other complex globalization processes.

The South Asia Overview (PDF)*

With hundreds of faculty engaged in research and current activities in every country, Michigan State University is the most uniquely placed institution of higher education to engage in research collaborations in South Asia. Through joint research, faculty exchange and strategic partnerships, MSU supports faculty-led efforts to compete in the global market while preserving culture and improving quality of life.

The Partnership for Sustainable Community Development (PDF)*

Michigan State University's vision for the land-grant University of the 21st century places an emphasis on transforming lives around the world by solving some of the most challenging problems of our time. This means being involved in work that cuts across boundaries - disciplinary, geographic, social, and political - to address society's most pressing needs. Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development (PSCD) uses the vast capabilities and broad knowledge of Michigan State University, a major research institution, to address these challenges in collaboration with our international partners in developing regions of the world. The initial partnership has begun work in Tanzania. The Tanzania Partnership Program (TPP) provides an opportunity to develop, test, and refine the PSCD model. Tanzania was selected as the initial location for PSCD based on demonstrated need, potential for success, MSU's experience in the region, and an array of interested partners.


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