Monday, June 18, 2012

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays - July 12 at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites - Meet Our Visiting International Delegations, Learn About One Young World Summit

The next GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays international networking event will be held July 12 in the Philadelphia Room at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites at One Bigelow Square, Downtown Pittsburgh from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Meet Our Visiting International Delegations. Bring your friends! 

This month we'll be seeing a brief presentation about the One Young World international youth summit scheduled for October in Pittsburgh, and you'll have a unique chance to meet and speak with visiting groups whose programs were arranged by GlobalPittsburgh: 
- Eleven participants from the Iraqi Youth Leaders Exchange Program
- Twenty students from Gwangju National University, Korea
- Six participants from the U.S. State Department IVLP program from Russia 

Come help us welcome these visitors to the region and learn more about their professions and interests as well as their impressions of the U.S.

GlobalPittsburgh First Thursdays is a regular monthly night of networking and socializing with different themes, different activities and different locations - but always with an international flavor - on the first Thursday of every month. This month we will be meeting on the second Thursday due to the 4th of July Holiday.

Join us for an evening of friends, interesting conversation and good spirits with an international flair. Meet GlobalPittsburgh members, friends & visitors from many countries, and network with globally-minded people from Pittsburgh and all over. 

There will be complimentary appetizers, bar specials, raffles, and more. Admission is FREE for GlobalPittsburgh members; $5 at the door for non-members. Membership information will be available at the event, but you may also join GlobalPittsburgh now at 

The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites is located at One Bigelow Square near the Consol Energy Center. 
Many thanks to support from Vibrant Pittsburgh, whose mini-grant program helps make these events possible.

If you have questions, please call Nadya at 412-392-4513 or by email at Photos from past First Thursdays and a few other GlobalPittsburgh events, activities, and programs can be viewed at See you there! READ FULL ARTICLE

Young African Entrepreneurs Arrive in Pittsburgh for Mentoring Through New State Department Program

A group of young leaders from six African nations have arrived in Pittsburgh for 13 days of mentoring and leadership training in the fields of social and business entrepreneurship through GlobalPittsburgh and a new program of the U.S. Department of State.

 Day One Orientation
Pittsburgh was selected as one of nine U.S. cities to participate in a program called Mentoring Partnerships for Young African Leaders (MPYAL). The Africa Bureau of the U.S. State Department, with Meridian International Center, has designed this new program as a signature U.S. government engagement with Africa featuring a two-week professional development program to bring approximately 60 young African leaders to the United States.

GlobalPittsburgh has placed the six young leaders from Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Liberia, Madagascar, Somalia, South Africa and Sudan in seven days of job shadowing in companies or organizations as part of their total of 13 days in the community.

Organizations hosting the job shadowing and mentorships include Catalyst Connection, Brunner, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown, the Hilton Garden Inn University Place, Innovation Works, Zola Design, Pittsburgh Public Market, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

One other full day will be used to introduce the group to a Pittsburgh business incubator and to the promotion of entrepreneurship in the region.

Meeting at CEED
The group was scheduled to visit the Manchester Bidwell Corp., which offers arts-based programs for high school students and vocational training for adults, and CEED, a community development organization that supports business startups for underserved populations, including minorities, women, persons with disabilities, immigrants and refugees.

GlobalPittsburgh also arranged a welcoming event for the participants and home hospitality for the guests during their stay in the region.

The participants in the project were nominated for their outstanding motivation and accomplishments by the U.S. Embassies in their countries and confirmed by the Africa Bureau program team. The group arrived on June 16 and will depart June 28.

The two weeks in U.S. cities is intended to provide a hands-on experience in the American workplace and exposure to cultural aspects of American life. Closing ceremonies will take place in Chicago on June 29 and 30.

The Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership will stress social and business entrepreneurship as a tool for harnessing Africa’s intellectual capital to create jobs and sustainable, equitable opportunities. Looking to the future, these programs aim to enhance a U.S.-Africa collaboration to promote business innovation, investment, and social responsibility activities in Africa, the State Department said.

On June 13, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed the entire group to the Innovation Summit and Mentoring Partnership with Young African Leaders, the overall three-week program sponsored by the U.S. government in collaboration with the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. 

The President’s Initiative, which began with President Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders in 2010, has included more than 2,000 U.S government-sponsored programs for young leaders across Sub-Saharan Africa in addition to the First Lady’s Young African Women Leaders Forum, held in South Africa in June 2011.

The Innovation Summit served as the opening event, bringing together high-profile business leaders, inspirational speakers, and international and local civil society activists. After the two-day event, participants were scheduled to travel to business internships in Seattle, Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Miami, Huntsville, Denver, Chicago or Cincinnati for the Mentoring Partnership with U.S. companies and non-profit organizations. READ FULL ARTICLE

Sunday, June 17, 2012

GlobalPittsburgh's Study Pittsburgh Initiative to Attract International Students is Important for Region's Economic Development, Commerce Department Official Says

Antwaun Griffin, Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary for Domestic Operations, who oversees the Commercial Service, said that education is one of the most important and valuable exports the United States promotes to overseas customers. He commended GlobalPittsburgh for its Study Pittsburgh initiative to attract international students to the region.

Antwaun Griffin
"From an economic perspective, international students studying in America make a meaningful economic contribution in their pocket books…but also in the relationships and shared experiences that are created on campuses," he said. "Attracting foreign students is an important part of public diplomacy and economic development."

Consortium groups like the GlobalPittsburgh Education Partnership (GPEP) which drives the Study Pittsburgh initiative are very important in the Commercial Service’s mission to achieve President Obama’s stated goal of doubling exports by the end of 2014, Griffin said.

"The consortium here has realized great benefits for us," he said. "There is competition between countries for international students. It is fierce. And as colleges and universities are looking to expand their international student populations…, consortiums [like this] represent an excellent opportunity and one that we at the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service really want to take advantage of."

Griffin made his remarks during the signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Global Pittsburgh and the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration to work together to broaden the exposure of Pittsburgh area colleges, universities and English Language programs to international students and to promote the region as an international education destination.

“Education is often overlooked as an export, but education is in fact a very valuable export. From an economic perspective, international students studying in America make meaningful economic contributions in their pocketbook – you know, there is a lot of bad pizza being bought in college towns around the country – but also in relationships and shared experiences that are created on campuses, beyond school use. Attracting foreign students to study in the United States is an important part of public diplomacy and economic development.

"From the 2010-2011 school year alone, international student enrollment in U.S. colleges and universities grew about more than 200,000 students, which represented a 5.7% increase and like I said, that overall economic impact of international students studying here is at least 21 billion US dollars so...that's a lot of Domino's pizza.

"Specific to the Pittsburgh region, the immediate Pittsburgh area has hosted 10 area colleges and universities with an estimated economic impact of nearly 214 million US dollars.... the U.S. Association of International Educators, ‘As a region, Southwestern Pennsylvania is the home to more than 20 universities, with a combined economic impact of over $250 million. This region's schools represent some of the leading programs in computer science, medicine, engineering, business, and performing arts.'

"Those are all things that the governments supports, but we don't do great. So, that speaks more to our role in connecting institutional players. The consortium here has realized great benefits for us. There is competition between countries for international students. It is fierce. And as colleges and universities are looking to expand their international student populations, consortiums [like this] represent an excellent opportunity and one that we at the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service really want to take advantage of.

"They are a valuable resource for the educational members, as well as for the associated geographic regions, like here in the Pittsburgh area. They allow participating colleges and universities to pool limited resources to expand their international outreach opportunities and profiles. They further raise the profile of the city, state, and region, as a study destination, and provide quality education.

"Our team at the U.S. Commercial Services works with several states to assist in the development of state wide educational consortiums and support consortiums at our trade shows, and specialized economic development activities and events. At the signing of this agreement at the end of the day, I will be working with [NCIV President Jennifer Clinton and her staff] to proliferate the country and work to engage more and more of these types of strategic partnerships around the country.

"The Foreign and Commercial Service, NCIV and GlobalPittsburgh, are well positioned to help Pittsburgh and the consortium's colleges and universities to strive and grow. It is through this work together, that we will plan to focus on the markets of Vietnam, Brazil, and China, at least initially, with many more to come.

"As a team, we are looking for avenues to develop insights for schools, to better understand the educational markets in these countries, and to find effective means for developing broad recognition of participating schools in this region as an education destination. The collective goal of our partnership is to see an increase in international students at each of these participating schools as well as more partnerships and collaboration between participating schools and foreign educational institutions. So, it is with great pleasure and pride, that I am here to today to support you, and congratulate you and sign these partnerships." READ FULL ARTICLE