Today, more than 90 representatives from Peruvian and U.S. universities and the Peruvian Ministry of Education participated in a workshop organized by U.S. Embassy Lima to promote the Innovation Fund for “100,000 Strong in the Americas”. This initiative has the goal of increasing the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the U.S. to 100,000 by 2020, with the same number of U.S. students studying in the region.
The Innovation Fund will launch the first Peru-specific grant competition in Spring 2017 that will facilitate up to 15 new higher education institutional partnerships between Peruvian and U.S. colleges and universities in the fields of STEM and environmental sciences. This $600,000 Peru-specific Innovation Fund grant competition is made possible due to the dynamic public-private sector collaboration and commitments of the U.S. Department of State, SEMPRA Energy, and CAF: the Development Bank for Latin America. This Innovation Fund grant competition will benefit student mobility between Peru and the United States, creating new opportunities for students to work and study in teams and increase regional education cooperation and competiveness.
Six U.S. universities have linked with Peruvian institutions through this program:
- Northampton Community College, with the Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and WindAid.
- University of Arizona, with the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Peru and the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
- Edgewood College with Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria
- University of South Dakota with Universidad Antonio Ruiz de Montoya
- University of North Alabama with Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola
- Towson University, with the University of Piura.
Interested educational institutions can visit www.100kstrongamericas.org for more Information.