August 28 ~ 31 Intergovernmental Oceanographic
Mr. Julian Barbiere
A program specialist at the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, Mr. Barbiere visited Boston and Cape Cod to learn about U.S. policies and best practices in ocean sciences, particularly in the area of Integrated Coastal Management and Marine Spatial Planning. He met with officials at federal and state public institutions, and with private-sector and NGO professionals.
August 27 ~ 31 Women in Management
Eight female business owners and entrepreneurs from Egypt met counterparts in Massachusetts, including leaders who promote entrepreneurship and small/medium enterprise development. The group also explored the growth of internet-driven businesses, as well as NGOs and grassroots organizations that aim to empower women professionally and personally.
August 21 ~ 25 Health Insurance in the U.S.
Mr. Mikiro Suga
Mr. Mikiro Suga, Chief of the Health Insurance Bureau and Employees’ Health Insurance Division at the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, visited Boston to gain a greater understanding of how health care reform is received by the American public. He learned about strategies to promote Medicare/Medicaid, and about insurance exchanges in the United States.
August 21 ~ 23 Accessibility for Rail Transport
Five representatives from the Ethiopian Railways Corporation and disability advocacy groups explored the role of federal, state, and local governments in improving transportation services to the disabled. The group seeks to build a new, accessible light rail system in Ethiopia and explored disability rights in the U.S. (including the Americans with Disabilities Act).
August 17 ~ 22 Multi-ethnic Societies
Eight Burmese visitors who represent diverse ethnic groups and professional organizations explored the vital role that American community leaders play to ensure that tolerance is encouraged, taught, and supported in educational, religious, and civic arenas to create a more inclusive society. Their Boston program also examined methods of conflict resolution and mediation initiatives in multi-ethnic and religiously diverse communities.
August 12 ~ 15 Corporate Social Responsibility
Ms. Caroline Ven
A former economic chief of staff to Belgium’s Prime Minister (2008-11), Ms. Caroline Ven is now managing director of an organization serving some 4,000 corporate decision-makers in Brussels and Flanders. She recently published her second book, A Passionate Plea for Capitalism. Ms. Ven’s professional meetings in Boston covered corporate governance and incentives to promote corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in the U.S.
August 10 ~ 14 International Security
An international security expert and research director at Futuribles, France’s Dr. Wendling shared her perspectives on NATO, the European Union, and cyber-security. She focused on the themes of U.S. defense and security, crisis and risk management, and strategic planning. Dr. Wendling’s program also examined the role of NGOs and research institutions in developing U.S. foreign and domestic policy.
July 31 ~ August 3 Intellectual Property Rights
Seven members of the National Assembly of Vietnam visited Boston to learn about the U.S. political system and better understand the structure and divisions between the U.S. Congress and other branches of government. This included discussions of how the U.S. Congress works at the federal, state, and local levels. The visit also sought to build relationships and promote cooperation between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the U.S. Congress.
July 21 ~ 24 Public Broadcasting in the U.S.
A group of two prominent documentary filmmakers from Chile were in Boston to learn about the role of American public broadcast television and radio in U.S. society and community support for public broadcasting. They also met with professional peers to discuss the production side of independent producers and development of independent programming and content.
July 13 ~ 15 State and Local Governance
A joint group of 20 international visitors from 19 different countries visited Boston to examine academic programs that deal with state and local governance, as well as to learn about the role of the state joint committee on election laws and local governance in ethnically diverse neighborhoods. They met with elected officials from the Massachusetts State Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
July 10 U.S. Governance and Politics
Spain and Andorra
WorldBoston hosted three Members of Parliament from Andorra and Spain (Catalonia) for a one-day program including a meeting with Professor Roland Fryer of Harvard University, recipient of the 2012 Calvo-Armengol International Prize in Economics. Before departing Boston, the visitors also met with representatives of the Industrial Liaison Program at MIT.
July 3 ~ 6 Peace Partners Program (II):
A joint group of nine energy experts visited Boston to experience Independence Day celebrations. The highlight of their visit was a volunteer activity organized on behalf of WorldBoston by our friends at the National Park Service, who joined our intrepid group. Watch a video clip of our boat trip and service project on Bumpkin Island on the WorldBostonHub YouTube channel!
July 2 ~ 6 Peace Partners Program:
A joint group of seven business owners and social entrepreneurs from Israel and the Palestinian Territories joined WorldBoston for the week of Independence Day. They were treated to an outstanding day of appointments with the Babson College Summer Venture Program and enjoyed volunteering with WorldBoston members!
June 27 ~ July 2 Investigative Journalism
Eight journalists from around the world visited the U.S. to attend the annual conference for Investigative Reporters & Editors. The group came to Boston to examine the rights and responsibilities of a free press in a democracy. Meetings took place with Boston University’s New England Center for Investigative Reporting, Watchdog New England, Northeastern University’s Initiative for Investigative Reporting, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team, and WGBH.
June 26 ~ 29 Small Business Development
Regional Project for Africa
A group of business owners and entrepreneurs from a wide range of African countries were with us at the end of June to dive into a program focused on small business and entrepreneurship development. They met with their counterparts here, and learned more about start-ups, small business associations and how these ventures are developed in the U.S. during a three day program.
June 26 ~ 29 Urban Planning in the U.S.
Four urban planners, experts representing academia, the private sector, and municipal government from Azerbaijan, visited Boston to examine urban planning strategies in the U.S. While in Boston, the group learned about: strategic redevelopment efforts (especially the Innovation District as a case study), historical preservation and development, and anti-corruption efforts related to public infrastructure projects.
June 25 ~ 29 Community Policing
Seven professionals from the Palestinian Territories visited Boston to examine law enforcement at the state and local levels and explore community policing programs, the promotion of public trust, and ways to engage citizens in promoting community safety. Through meetings with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Boston Police Department, and other state and City of Boston agencies, the visitors participated in a case study focused on the management of the Boston Marathon events from start to finish.
June 23 ~ 26 Intellectual Property Rights
Ten journalists, publishers, lawyers, and government officials from Vietnam visited Boston to examine Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. Topics included: the status of U.S. legal enforcement of intellectual property rights, application of copyright law to works of literature and art, and the effort to counteract the pirated production and distribution of various forms of literary and artistic works.
June 16 ~ 20 Science Education
A group of STEM educators from Brazil visited Boston to engage with teachers and administrators at local high schools and universities. They met with state STEM experts to learn about how communities in the U.S. are preparing today’s youth for the business world of tomorrow.
June 15 ~ 20 University Administration
Ten higher education experts and university representatives from Afghanistan visited Boston to examine current challenges and trends in university administration and higher education. The visitors met with faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Center for International Education (CIE), Bunker Hill Community College, the Colleges of the Fenway Consortium, and other Boston-area institutions to discuss accreditation, recruitment, and financial assistance, along with career development services and new technology.
June 15 ~ 19 Women in NGO Leadership
Ms. Beth Shaw of Australia visited Boston to explore the organization and management of large nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and examine the role of U.S. civic organizations–particularly those led by women–in promoting the participation of women in civil society. She met with organizations to learn from innovative managers about funding strategies, partnerships with government and corporations, and human resources.
June 9 ~ 12 Women in Technology
Thirteen women from around the world came to Boston to explore the role of women in technology and science from diverse perspectives including academia, governmental and non-governmental policy and research settings, and private industries. Networking opportunities were arranged with WEST (Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology), WomenLEAD Inc., AWIS Massachusetts (Association for Women in Science), and Boston University WISE (Women in Science & Engineering).
June 6 ~ 11 Broadcast Journalism
A group of seven journalists from seven countries visited Boston as part of a national program focusing on Broadcast Journalism. While in Boston, they met with representatives from print, web, TV and digital media outlets to discuss best practices. The group also engaged academic institutions and nonprofit organizations to learn about training programs for journalists and innovative funding models for the future of broadcast journalism.
June 4 ~ 8 U.S. Trade & Investment
A group of four experts in trade and finance visited Boston to participate in a program focused on trade and investment. They met with experts in Islamic Finance, industrial clustering and development, and state offices focused on international trade and investment. The group exchanged with their counterparts at Harvard and Boston University to gain a better understanding of university programs in business and economics as well.
June 1 ~ 5 Protection of Children
Six Russian delegates visited Boston as part of a national program to provide them with an overview of legislative and executive policies at the federal level on international abduction and adoption issues. They also learned about national-level government roles in child protection, including the family court system. The program introduced national and international advocacy networks which work on behalf of children, and educated the visiting delegates about organizations and support networks for Russian adoptees and their adoptive families.
May 25 ~ 29 U.S. Foreign Policy in SE Asia
Three Malaysian NGO, academic, and government representatives visited Boston in order to exchange views on the U.S. government’s “pivot” to the Asia-Pacific region. They explored ideas for promoting greater understanding and dialogue between participants and American experts on foreign policy and U.S.-Malaysian relations.
May 26 ~ 28 Administration of Justice
Eleven representatives from Latin America visited Boston during Memorial Day Weekend for cultural activities. This was a key stop in their national program focused on examining the underlying principles of the U.S. judicial and legal systems and the culture of lawfulness in the United States.
May 22 ~ 25 Promoting Public Health
Five representatives from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates hailed from Ministry of Health offices, primary care facilities, and prominent military hospitals and colleges of medicine in the Gulf region. Their dialogue here focused on public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels that aim to protect citizens from preventable communicable diseases and treatable conditions. Meetings were arranged with the Boston University Global Health Initiative, the Boston Public Health Commission, and various university-related programs.
May 8 ~ 12 Cultural Preservation
Five cultural preservation experts from Mongolia met with Boston counterparts to discuss methods of preservation and restoration of cultural and historical artifacts. They shared best practices at leading archaeological institutions such as Harvard University’s Peabody Museum, the City of Boston’s Archaeology Program & Lab, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Archaeological Institute of America.
May 4 ~ 8 American Corners & Library Management
Mr. Andrej Fajgelj is the newly elected director of the Cultural Center of Novi Sad, a U.S. Embassy partner institution on cultural programming in Serbia. Mr. Fajgelj visited to expand his knowledge of how U.S. librarians use information technology, and to prepare for an upcoming cultural heritage digitization project.
April 26 ~ 28 Accountability in Gov’t and Business
Five IVLP delegates from Mozambique visited for a weekend of cultural activities in Boston before they headed to Manchester, NH, to complete their professional appointments.
April 23 ~ 25 Hospital Design and Administration
Seven senior representatives of Istanbul University visited Boston to gather ideas as they prepare to build a new modern hospital facility at Turkey’s largest medical school. They met with U.S. experts in hospital design, as well as administrators at local medical schools to discuss potential academic exchanges and partnerships. A key interest was to observe how teaching hospitals and medical schools work together.
April 20 ~ 24 Infrastructure Development
Three rising economic-development officials from Brazil came to Boston to meet with city and state leaders who shared insights on large infrastructure funding approaches, program and engineering management, and strategies for integrating mega-infrastructure projects to foster economic growth.
April 17 ~ 23 Science and Technology Education
Eighteen educators from as many countries came to learn about how school curricula are developed and implemented to improve math and science instruction in Boston and the U.S. The delegates also discussed policy initiatives and public/private partnerships to accelerate student learning in STEM subjects, especially in diverse classrooms.
April 17 ~ 21 Women Entrepreneurs
Thirteen entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean visited Boston to explore the role of women-owned businesses in driving economic development and supporting more stable, democratic societies around the world. This program also highlighted the contributions of nongovernmental and grassroots organizations in supporting and empowering the development of women-owned businesses.
April 17 ~ 20 Sustainable Seafood
Six Russian seafood professionals visited Massachusetts to examine how seafood associations and regulatory agencies here ensure sustainable harvesting and catch monitoring. They visited fisheries and processing enterprises to discuss safety principles and state support of seafood commerce.
April 14 ~ 17 Healthcare Management & Education
Two Norwegian healthcare professionals examined the relationship between American hospitals and the U.S. higher education system. Their discussions at the Harvard Medical School, the Boston University Medical Center, and the Boston University School of Medicine focused on medical Ph.D. programs and how research is funded, including public-private partnerships.
April 10 ~ 13 Corporate Social Responsibility
Republic of Korea
Five visitors from South Korea met with CSR experts at the Boston Consulting Group, Boston Cares, NET Impact Boston, Foley Hoag, and Harvard University. They shared perspectives on the role of cultural values such as volunteerism, transparency in governance, business ethics, citizen rights, and environmentalism.
March 28 ~ 31 Connecting English Teachers
29 English teachers from around the world came to Boston to meet with their counterparts. Classroom visits and meetings with education policy experts were arranged. The goals of this project included enhancing the participants’ understanding of American culture and history, and showcasing the geographical and multicultural diversity of the American English language and its dialects.
March 21 ~ 23 The Role of U.S. Legislators
The legal advisor to the Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia came to Boston to examine the organization and functions of the Massachusetts General Court. Meetings focused on legislative operations, and discussions with elected officials addressed current issues and interaction with the other branches of government.
March 16 ~ 20 American Language
Three educators from Indonesia came to Boston to discuss the pedagogy of English as a Second Language Education and English language instruction for international students. Topics included curriculum development and incorporating American culture in the classroom. Visits took place at the Boston Language Institute along with classroom observation at a Boston-based school.
March 13 ~ 16 Fostering Innovation
A group of officials representing academic institutions, NGOs, and the private sector were in Boston to examine best practices for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship. The goals of the program were to examine how U.S. society fosters innovation in the private sector, how entrepreneurs gain entry in the marketplace, how academic and scientific research is successfully converted into the private sector, and how policies and partnerships support innovation.
March 12 ~ 15 U.S. Government & the Media
Deputy Secretary to the President of Taiwan
Mr. Chih-chiang Lo, a high-ranking adviser to President Ma Ying-jeou of the Republic of China (Taiwan) visited Boston to learn about government at the federal, state, and local levels; policy-making and improving government efficiency; channels of communication between the executive and legislative branches; and the relationship between the U.S. government and the media in the United States.
March 12 Promoting Women’s Leadership
A group of 18 visitors from 17 different countries were in Sudbury and Wellesley for a single day of programming with the New England Women’s Leadership Institute and Wellesley College.
March 6 ~ 9 Bilateral Trade & U.S. Foreign Policy
China Mission to the WTO
A Counselor from the China Mission to the World Trade Organization visited Boston for a program that focused on U.S. trade policies and global governance. The goals of this program included exploring how U.S. trade and economic policy is developed and implemented, examining U.S. trade sectors, and discussing varying perspectives of U.S.-China relations.
March 3 ~ 6 Managing Undergraduate Scholarships
Six visitors from Peru’s Ministry of Education came to Boston to learn about best practices in providing undergraduate scholarships to academically gifted students. They discussed the recruitment and selection of gifted students, the award and management of scholarship funds, as well as monitoring and evaluation.
February 18 Combating Human Trafficking
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Ms. Hasina Kharbhih, a Gold Star International Visitor Leadership Program Alumna, returned to Boston after gaining international acclaim for her work in countering human trafficking in South Asia–in particular, her innovative Meghalaya Model. She met with a WorldBoston audience to discuss her organization’s efforts to combat human trafficking and provide a safe environment for women and girls in India.
Feb. 13 ~ 16 UN Agencies in Rome
Food Security and Nutrition
Two representatives of the U.S.-Rome Food Security and Nutrition program came to Boston to meet with with faculty at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy to deepen their studies of food security and policy implications. They engaged in public-private partnerships and private sector investment, specifically micro-finance and management of credit, including how to make government to government loans and credit more effective.
Feb. 13 ~ 16 Social Media Activism
Seven NGO representatives and activists from Pakistan visited to learn about the ways in which social media has been used successfully in the U.S. by the public and private sectors, as well as NGOs and grassroots activists. Meetings were arranged with the American Islamic Congress and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning to increase outreach and global linkages with international organizations and institutions.
Feb. 7 ~ 11 Social Mobility & Education
Ms. Joanne Foster
Ms. Joanne Foster, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, met with Boston-area experts to discuss policy issues relating to poverty and social mobility. Ms. Foster was ranked one of the “50 Most Influential Liberal Democrats” by the Daily Telegraph in 2012. Meetings took place with the Harvard Kennedy School Taubman Center for State and Local Government, the Massachusetts Department of Education, and Mass Insight Education to exchange views on education initiatives and effective models for workforce development.
Feb. 2 ~ 6 Primary & Secondary Education
Six education administrators traveled here to learn about best practices for strengthening school systems from teachers, administrators, and education policy professionals working in Massachusetts schools and state agencies.
Jan. 26 ~ 30 Technology Innovation & Research
Nine representatives of the Eastern Amazon Innovation Center network shared best practices with U.S. counterparts in technology transfer. The group included representatives from different educational and research institutions from three states in the lower (eastern) Amazon and work in areas of science and technology. In Boston, they focused on valuation and technology trade in biotech and information/communication technologies.
Jan. 26 ~ 29 American Corners
Five American Corners Coordinators from Chile visited Boston for an inspirational program focused on the American Revolution and U.S. History. The “American Corners” program embodies partnerships between U.S. embassies and host institutions, the goal of which is to further an understanding of U.S. lifestyles, culture, politics, legislation, and current issues. The concept originated in Russia in October 2000 and today there are over 400 American Corners worldwide, 18 of these in Latin America. This program included visits to Bunker Hill Community College, the Cambridge Public Library, and the Black Heritage Trail.
January 18 Greece: From Austerity to Recovery
Christos Alexakis, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexakis, Professor of Economics at Greece’s University of Piraeus and former CEO of Invest in Greece SA, engaged a WorldBoston audience to discuss the choices and solutions his country will face in its path to economic recovery.