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VIPP is proud to support MSU colleges and departments in the administration of federal government programs such as US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Department of State. We play various roles in these competitive programs, providing logistical support, program delivery, or both. So far VIPP has collaborated with the College of Veterinary Medicine; the Departments of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; and the School of Journalism.

MSU departments, colleges and research centers that are in the process of bringing international visitors to campus or working on grant proposals for training, capacity building or logistic support can turn to us for our expertise.

Learn more about our engagement with federal government programs below.

US Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

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USDA Cochran Fellowship Program, August 2016

VIPP partnered with Prof. Won Song in the MSU Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and hosted eight professionals from Egyptian Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade.The workshop focused on the current successful food assistance programs in the US. After a training program at MSU and in Michigan delegation flew to Washington D.C. to visit US Department of Agriculture. 

resized_CN_Agri 2015.jpgUSDA Foreign Agricultural Service/Faculty Exchange Program, Fall 2016

VIPP partnered with Dr. Kaneene at MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). He secured funding from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Faculty Exchange Program, in which he brought in six junior faculty from African countries - Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. VIPP provided settlement service including housing, arrival/departure, MSU ID, site visits, etc. 

resized_CN_Agri 2015.jpgUSDA Borlaug Fellowship, Spring 2017

VIPP hosted Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Programs. Our role is to identify MSU faculty experts in the fellows' relevant fields and work closely with the faculty and MSU Office of Sponsored Programs to develop project proposals and budgets. VIPP arranged all support needs for the fellows, so they quickly got settled and were able to focus on their research. So far, VIPP has hosted two fellows from Kenya and Vietnam in the field of biotechnology and agricultural economics, respectively.

US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)

The U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) brings in current and emerging foreign leaders to the U.S., and provides short-term professional exchange programs to cultivate lasting relationships between the U.S. and international counterparts. 


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VIPP hosted 10 Aquaculture scientists from China, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's U.S.-China Young Scientist Forum (YSF). The group visited the MSU Aquatic Animal Health Labs (AAHL) and the Indian Brook Trout Farm. They met MSU faculty and Michigan government officials to learn more about Michigan's aguaculture science. Participants exchanged research ideas and explored collaboration opportunities during the program. 

resized_CN_Agri 2015.jpgAfrican Journalists, August 2016 

Ten journalists from francophone Africa including Mali, Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, Madagascar, Senegal, Guinea, Benin and Cote D'Ivoire visited MSU campus for a three-day long program. VIPP developed and delivered the program in collaboration with Prof. Eric Freedman at the MSU School of Journalism. The goal was to provide an opportunity to examine the nature, functions and rights of a free and independent press in the United States and the role the press plays in a democratic society.

resized_CN_Agri 2015.jpgPalestine Leaders in Higher Education, October 2016  

VIPP hosted ten high-ranking university administrators from Palestine who sought to gain insight into the U.S. higher education system. They met former MSU president Lou Anna K. Simon and learned about MSU's research and development work, both in the U.S. and abroad, and partnership with other academic institutions, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. 

resized_CN_Agri 2015.jpgFrance Delegates in Food Safety, March 2017

VIPP hosted a group of French specialists in food safety and provided a seven-day long workshop for knowledge transfer and cultural exchange. They learned about U.S. laws and regulations governing food safety and the process involved in policy making and regulatory action. They also visited companies in Michigan agricultural industry such as Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance and Michigan Agricultural Commodities Grain Elevator to meet American experts. 

ivlp2.jpgEstonian Law Enforcement in Criminal Rehabilitation, May 2018

VIPP had an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) delegation of eight Estonian law enforcement, social workers, and legal officials visit MSU's Campus. They explored the topic of "Trafficking in Persons: Rehabilitation". The group's first keynote was with James Kissinger, a Psychologist and Sexual Offender Services Manager from the Michigan Department of Corrections. It focused on rehabilitation strategies and evidence-based practices to asses the risk of recidivism for adult male sex offenders. 


ivlp1.jpgInternational Journalists in Democracy, November 2018

From November 8th- 13th, 2018, VIPP hosted five international journalists from Malaysia, Indonesia, Mongolia, Tajikistan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. They were visiting the U.S. on the Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). VIPP arranged a visit to WKAR - Public Media from Michigan State University and Lansing State Journal to explore the best practices in ethical reporting and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. They also discussed recent Michigan based investigative journalism cases such as Larry Nassar and Flint Water Crisis.