MBDA Awards Nearly $2 Million to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON (December 3, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), is announcing grant awards of nearly $2 million to four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). In June 2018, MBDA invited HBCUs to propose projects that will achieve one or more of the following objectives: increase their ability to compete for and receive Federal research and development funds; establish partnerships with Federal laboratories and other technology resources; increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) entrepreneurship; and compete for Federal contracts.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities served as the catalyst to creating the black middle class in America and will continue to be the incubator for minority business talent, innovation, and leadership. These important schools generate billions in economic impact annually and are engines for job creation in their local economies across the United States,” said MBDA National Director Henry Childs II. “These grant awards will provide seed money for these institutions to pursue innovative projects and to build more revenue-generating infrastructures to better serve our nation’s future entrepreneurs and workforce.”

The HBCUs that received grant awards include:

Clark Atlanta University ($499,497) to develop a STEM entrepreneurship curriculum that increases student interest in the innovation economy at three Atlanta University Center Consortium campuses.

Howard University ($359,891) to design a technical support model for 11 HBCUs in the mid-Atlantic region to compete for Federal research and development funds and leverage partnerships with Federal laboratories.

South Carolina State University ($404,992) to launch regional training sessions for HBCUs to compete for Federal research and development funds.

Tougaloo College ($695,412) to establish a partnership among multiple HBCUs, private companies, federal labs, and research institutions to increase capacity for HBCUs to participate in federal research and contracting opportunities.

These programs are part of the 2018 MBDA Broad Agency Announcement, a new initiative this year. More than $13 million was awarded for 35 projects focused on Department of Commerce and MBDA priorities from resources that increase disaster preparedness and relief to programs that increase access to capital. For a full listing of MBDA’s 2018 grant awards, visit http://www.mbda.gov/news.

Upcoming Event: Virtual Education Fair Schedule

In 2018 the U.S. Commercial Service will host Virtual Education Fairs in several international markets to provide a venue for U.S. institutions to present their schools to the most reputable and best performing agents in those nations.

Using web conferencing technology, your school will have the opportunity to conduct a 10 minute presentation via PowerPoint to an audience of at least 10 top agents from the targeted country.

Each Virtual Education Fair is limited to six appropriately accredited U.S. private high schools, boarding schools and 4-year colleges and universities.

Don’t miss these opportunities to connect with international education agents and recruiters from the comfort of your office!

AICC Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

September 30, 2017, the AICC, American International Chamber of Commerce Madagascar branch and the Madagascar Youth for Development Association held a joint meeting.

“Malagasy Youth for Development Y4D” is an association which regroup malagasy young people in Madagascar island. The association has its representant in 22 regions of Madagascar and has thousands of members.

According to Y4D member boards in national and regional levels, they have decided to have partnership with the American International Chambre of Commerce branch of Madagascar. They have asked Mr José RAMAHERISON to be the Honor President of the Malagasy youth for Development association.

The AICC Madagascar is helping Malagasy youth. The development comes from youth, So the reason why AICC Madagascar gave an office, a meeting room and materials and furnitures to Malagasy Y4D association.

Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana


Register for Free Webinar on the Education Landscapes in Nigeria and Ghana

Tuesday, May 9th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Is your school interested in recruiting more students from Sub-Sahara Africa? If you seek to diversify your student body, increase enrollment and want more information about how to connect with students from West Africa, this webinar is for you.

Webinar Information
Learn from the US Commercial Service and EducationUSA specialists about higher education systems, current market trends and typical student profiles from Nigeria and Ghana.

Find out what opportunities are available for U.S higher education institutions, including the upcoming Education Recruitment Tours to Nigeria and Ghana in September 2017.

Why Nigeria?
This market is the largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, both in terms of the economy and the population. One-fifth of Nigeria’s population is between the ages of 15 and 24, creating significant demand for higher education opportunities. As the demand cannot be met domestically, students are searching for international opportunities. Education fairs will be held in both Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria.

Why Ghana?
Ghana has experienced a decade of sustained economic growth, and its education expenditure relative to income is double the average for the African continent. These factors, coupled with the fact that English is the primary language of instruction, sets Ghana as the second largest sender of students to the United States. U.S. schools will participate in an education fair in Accra, in addition briefings, meetings, and networking events.

“Future of Education and Skills” meeting discusses conceptual learning framework and competencies

UNESCO presented its frameworks for competencies and learning objectives for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) at the 4th meeting of the informal working groups of the “Future of Education and Skills: Education 2030” programme by OECD. It was held in Beijing from 9 to 10 November 2016.

The meeting brought together more than 100 policy makers, experts, school networks and social partners. It was held back to back with a special symposium with systems and global thought leaders. The events were hosted by the National Institute of Educational Sciences (NIES) in Beijing, China, in cooperation with Tsinghua University from 9 to 11 November 2016. Participants welcomed the OECD’s new conceptual learning framework “Learning Compass 2030” with which students should be able to navigate in time and social space and shape the future for their own and others’ well-being.

Policy makers supported some common design principles. Some of the conclusions were that even where education remains true to the disciplines, it needs to aim at interdisciplinary learning and the capacity of students to see problems through multiple lenses. In an uncertain and volatile world, learning should focus on what has the highest transfer value, and on knowledge of disciplines with deep understanding about the disciplines, according to the meeting outcomes.

To date, 19 countries are taking part in the policy analysis on curriculum, with an aim to facilitate peer-learning as well as to build a knowledge base and develop tools for countries to draw on when re-designing their curriculum. The project welcomes interested countries and stakeholders to contribute to the project.

GROW 2016 Economic Development Conference

GROW Conference
October 25, 2016
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Time: 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM PDT

Once again hundreds of business professionals, developers, and investors will gather for an afternoon of insight and networking. Santa Ana is hitting the GROW button-the thriving cultural and urban center of the OC!

Register Now

Making Global Goals Local Business – Dubai

Oct 24 – 27, 2016
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The UN Global Compact invites you to Dubai for a series of events as part of our Making Global Goals Local Business campaign, where we will bring together leaders across sectors to explore the transformative platforms and partnerships needed to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the ground. In Dubai, over 600 participants from business, civil society, government, the UN and Global Compact Local Networks will focus on moving from awareness to action, showing that companies that do business responsibly and find opportunities to innovate around the SDGs will be the market leaders of tomorrow.

Oct 24-25, 2016
Annual Local Network Forum
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 24-25, 2016
UN Private Sector Focal Points Network Annual Meeting
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 25, 2016
PRME Business for Peace Forum 2016
American University of Sharjah | United Arab Emirates

Oct 26, 2016
Business for Peace Annual Event
Jumeirah Mina A’Salam Madinat Jumeirah | Al Sufouh Rd
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oct 27,2016
Pearl Initiative & United Nations Global Compact 2nd Regional Forum
Conrad Hotel
Sheikh Zayed Road
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

AICC UN Global Compact Office: ungc@aiccus.org

US donates $37 million to UNHCR to support education gaps forrefugees

The United States is pleased to announce a contribution of nearly $37 million of humanitarian assistance toward the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support critical education gaps for refugees in 16 countries.

On September 20, 2016, Jordanian King Abdullah II, Mexican President Peña Nieto, German Chancellor Merkel, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam, Swedish Prime Minister Löfven, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau, and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon will join President Obama in hosting the President’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees.

This Summit will bring together government leaders who are prepared to make new and significant pledges that address the most urgent needs of refugees. As part of the Summit, the United States and co-hosts aim to increase refugee self-reliance by encouraging major refugee-hosting member states to focus on new policies that will facilitate refugee access to education and increase the number of refugee children enrolled in school by one million. In order to reach that goal, additional resources are needed to close significant funding gaps of leading humanitarian organizations.

This funding will both further the United States’ financial contributions to refugee education and support the implementation of the commitments made for the Summit by refugee-hosting countries through the provision of additional resources to UNHCR to increase the number of children accessing quality education.

UNHCR is the largest provider of education for refugees globally, but remains underfunded. The UNHCR fundraising document “Education for Refugees: Priority activities and requirements supporting enrollment and retention in 2016” highlights unfunded or underfunded education activities for schools and students at all levels of education.

The document appeals for nearly $60 million to support refugee education in sixteen countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East – which collectively host 2.1 million refugee children of school-age (5-17 years), an estimated 57 percent of whom are out of school. With full funding, UNHCR could support tens of thousands of refugee children to enroll in school during the upcoming academic year. The United States government strongly encourages other donors to close the remaining $23 million funding shortfall.

2nd Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practice

27 – 28 Sep 2016
Belgrade, Serbia
University of Belgrade
Tor Vergata University of Rome

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, together with the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Law, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, the University of Rome Tor Vergata (TVU) International Master in Public Procurement Management (IMPPM) programme, and the IMPPM Alumni Student Association, are organising a “Second Workshop on Contemporary Issues in Procurement Practice” to be held at the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Law on 27 and 28 September 2016.

Representatives of the public and private sectors from Europe, Asia and Africa, alongside former and current students of the IMPPM programme, as well as procurement experts from international financial institutions (IFIs) will analyse current issues in public procurement, share their experiences, present case studies illustrating good practice and offer recommendations for achieving the most efficient use of public funds.

This workshop represents a unique opportunity for open discussion among procurement professionals and other interested parties.

The event is open to procurement professionals, the students, graduates and professors of the IMPPM programme, EBRD procurement experts and other interested participants from the Bank, IFI representatives and procurement experts in general, whose participation will enrich the event with a variety of perspectives.

The EBRD and TVU are jointly supporting the IMPPM. This Master’s programme, unique among IFIs, enables public procurement officials in the Bank’s countries of operations to complete their academic and practical Master’s-level professional degree while gaining an in-depth understanding of the best procurement practices that is also transferrable to the development of national policy.

Once the class of 2016 has defended its Master’s theses in February 2017, the 28 graduates will join the pool of EBRD-TVU alumni, bringing the total number of alumni to 120 IMPPM professionals from 33 countries and 85 institutions, all partners or clients of the EBRD.

This event is organized together with the “Third Interdisciplinary Symposium on Public Procurement”, to be held in Belgrade on 28-30 September 2016, as part of the Procurement Week Programme co-sponsored by the EBRD.


The only summer inclusion camp in Los Angeles for membership families, children peers ages 5 to 16. AICC Summer Camp serves as a safe, fun haven for close to 80 participating children by providing a host of educational and recreational activities. The AICC Summer Camp experience includes structured activities, spontaneous free play, organized sports, and social interaction. Children attending the camp are encouraged to develop and explore their imaginations as they engage in various fun and educational activities.

This AICC Summer Camp is free and open  for membership families.

• Math and Reading Enrichment
• Dance
• Music
• Social Skills
• Arts and Crafts
• Field Trips
• Sports
• Science
• Theater
• Games
• Talent Show
• Chinese language learning (option)
• Special Guest Instructors
• And Much More

Dates Time
Cycle 1
Auge 2 – Auge 12
Cycle 2
Auge 15 – August 25
Camp Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Before Care: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
After Care: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please read:
* Each child must be signed up separately. one form = one space at camp
* Spaces are first come first serve.
* To confirm your child’s space at camp – you must attend a registration day to register (details to follow) Submission of application does NOT guarantee a spot with Camp due to limited space.
Admission will be need-based. Please follow these instructions carefully as incomplete applications will not be considered.
Please contact AICC Summer CAMP if you have any questions or comments, or if you are interested in volunteering or employment opportunities at 213-255-2066 or camp@aiccus.org.

*Our generous sponsors and donors subsidize the tuition for campers and Confucius Institute of Education from low to low-moderate income families. If you have a total combined household income of over $75,000, we ask that you make a contribution towards subsidized tuition. Camp is free and this donation is optional.

All donations will be donated to the Confucius Institute of Education, The CIE is an approved 501(c)(3)tax exempt non-profits organization.