The URC – Wayne State, Michigan State and the University of Michigan – has launched the Global Detroit International Student Retention program. Funded with a three-year, $450,000 grant from the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, the effort hopes to diversify metro Detroit's economy in more ways than one.
"The program aims to complete four objectives outlined in the Global Detroit study. These include marketing the region to international students from orientation to post-graduation, recruiting area businesses to build working relationships with international students, working with students to navigate international legal barriers and developing relationships between students, businesses and universities.
Jeff Mason, executive director of the URC, said retaining international students is a critical step in the economic revitalization of Detroit."
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