Nearly 1,400 faculty members are involved in international research, teaching, and service projects at MSU—one of only four public universities in the United States that rank in the top 10 for both international student enrollment and study abroad participation.

International studies programs at MSU are organized by geographic location--Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe and Russia, and Latin America and the Caribbean--and thematic areas, including agriculture, health, education, development, and business. For more information about these programs, visit the Office of International Research Collaboration.

Nov 13 2013

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Nov 13 2013

Felicia Wu is precise and patient as she explains the complexities of a measurement known as the “global burden of disease” – what factors are included, how it is calculated, why it is important. She has devoted some fifteen years to the concept, bringing her sharp analytical training to the most visceral of human challenges: safely feeding life on the planet.

MSU Today, Dec 26 2012

An international team of researchers has revealed a new concern about deforestation in the Amazon rainforest – a troubling loss in the diversity among the microbial organisms responsible for a functioning ecosystem.

MSU News, Nov 19 2012

A team of Michigan State University researchers will soon be heading into the rainforests of Nicaragua to help an endangered species known as a Baird’s tapir co-exist with local farmers whose crops are being threatened by the animals.

The animals were thought to be extinct in that part of the world until just two years ago when the MSU team discovered them still living there through the use of “camera trapping” – the setting up of still and video cameras in order to “capture” the animal.

MSU News, Nov 13 2012

Michigan State University researchers will use a $7.8 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help eight African nations improve their sustainable farming methods.

The grant, from the Gates Foundation Global Development Program, will be used to help guide policymaking efforts to intensify farming methods that meet agricultural needs while improving environmental quality in Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

MSU News, Nov 9 2012

Michigan State University will use a grant from U.S. Agency for International Development to improve agricultural production and reduce poverty in areas of the world suffering from rapid urbanization, population growth and skills gaps.

MSU News, Oct 4 2012

Researchers at Michigan State University will use a $1.5 million grant to help India manage its forests and reduce the developing nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The grant, awarded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is part of an overall $14 million effort to build the nation’s capacity to measure forest carbon and reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses.

MSU News, Oct 1 2012

Increasingly, U.S. firms are moving or considering moving their manufacturing operations back to domestic soil from overseas, finds a new study co-authored by a Michigan State University supply chain expert.

Fueling the trend are rising labor costs in emerging countries, high oil prices and increasing transportation costs, global risks such as political instability and other factors, said Tobias Schoenherr.

MSU News, Sep 12 2012

The brutally repressive Soviet Union Vladimir Shlapentokh left behind 33 years ago may have opened its borders to the world, but today’s Russia has become wracked with greed, corruption and mass emigration that threaten the nation’s future.

So argues Shlapentokh, a Michigan State University sociologist, in the academic journal Communist and Post-Communist Studies.

Tigers don’t have a reputation for being accommodating, but a new study indicates that the feared and revered carnivores in and around a world-renowned park in Nepal are taking the night shift to better coexist with their human neighbors.

The revelation that tigers and people are sharing exactly the same space -- such as the same roads and trails -- of Chitwan National Park flies in the face of long-held convictions in tiger conservation circles. It also underscores how successful conservation efforts need sciences that takes into account both nature and humans.

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