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Education Trade Mission to South Africa, Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire (optional)

Explore Growing Education Markets in Up to Three Major African Markets! Join the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, on an official trade mission to South Africa, Ghana and an optional stop in Cote d’Ivoire – March 6-11, 2016.

The mission will include student fairs, embassy briefings, site visits, meetings with potential partners, and networking events in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Accra, Ghana with an optional stop in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Who Should Participate?
Appropriately accredited U.S. Higher Education Institutions, Community Colleges, Summer Programs, Undergraduate Programs, Graduate Programs.

Why These Countries?
At present, the African market presents a number of opportunities for American institutions seeking to expand educational opportunities to the region’s students. Access to quality education is a fundamental building block for economic and industrial development and improvement.

Africa as a whole is one of the “youngest continents,” with ‘outwardly mobile’ students comprising 25% of all students on the African continent- the highest rate in the world- and globally. The United States already represents the single largest target destination for students seeking international educational experiences. The continent has a growing middle class, and presently spends up to $900 million on education annually.

In addition, of all African students presently in the United States, Ghana and South Africa rank in the top five countries amongst all African countries of origin. However, of the 886,052 international students present in the United States in 2013/2014, less than 5% came from Sub-Saharan Africa. Further, less than one third were enrolled in graduate-level (or higher) programs, both of which highlight the great potential for development of an expanded American presence in the African educational sphere.

Application deadline is January 15, 2016.

*Expenses for travel, lodging, most meals, and incidentals will be the responsibility of each mission participant

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Cyber-security Business Development Mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), is organizing an Executive-led Cyber-security Business Development Mission to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

The purpose of the mission is to introduce U.S. firms and trade associations to East Asia’s information and communication technology (ICT) security and critical infrastructure protection markets and to assist U.S. companies to find business partners and export their products and services to the region. The mission is intended to include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide cyber-security and critical infrastructure protection products and services.

The mission will visit Japan, South Korea and Taiwan where U.S. firms will have access to business development opportunities across East Asia. Participating firms will gain market insights, make industry contacts, solidify business strategies, and advance specific projects, with the goal of increasing U.S. exports of products and services to East Asia. The mission will include customized one-on-one business appointments with pre-screened potential buyers, agents, distributors and joint venture partners; meetings with relevant government officials and industry leaders; and networking events.
Contact Gemal Brangman at (202) 482-3773 or

Application deadline is March 4, 2016.

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