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CEIED - About Us

  • Nearly 30% of the U.S. gross domestic product is tied to global trade and investment. With more than 95% of the world’s population and 80% of the purchasing power being outside the U.S., global trade will continue to be of critical importance to the U.S. economy.  Not surprisingly, many U.S. firms and public sector entities operate in the global arena. Therefore, the need for a diverse well-trained, globally smart workforce will continue to rise. Over the years, the United States has enjoyed strong competitiveness and tremendous economic success in the global marketplace. One of the key drivers for this success has been its strong higher education system especially based on the land-grant universities with their tripartite mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. However, warning signs have emerged signaling a need for greater investments into efforts to develop a diverse, knowledgeable and well-prepared human capital base. Coupled with their unique mission to train a diverse workforce, the 1890 institutions are well positioned to deliver on the nation’s future workforce needs.

    The Center addresses these needs by supporting projects that will ensure global training of graduates from 1890 universities in the FANRHS using innovative and integrated learning, discovery, and engagement activities.

    With the growing importance of trade as a component of the U.S. economy, the nation is concerned about the economic development and political stability of trading partner countries. Continued growth and prosperity of these countries are therefore of critical importance to the U.S. Furthermore, prosperity and stability of other countries have significant implications to U.S. national security.

    Over the last three decades, global efforts to address some of the most critical issues affecting developing countries have continued apace under the auspices of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 2015 report on progress on the MDGs indicated that the MDGs have saved the lives of millions and improved conditions for many more. However, the report also acknowledges uneven achievements and shortfalls in many areas; hence setting the stage for the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable clean energy, decent work and economic growth, etc. For instance the projected growth of the human population to 9.1 billion (most of which will occur in developing countries) in 2050 will continue to present significant challenges in areas such as food production and sustainable use of resources such as water and energy. Global food production and global calorie production need to increase by 70% to feed 9.6 billion people by 2050. This is against other global challenges, which have overarching implications such as conservation and use of biodiversity, and climate variability. A range of priority issues transcends boundaries such as phytosanitary concerns. In addition to ensuring safe trading practices and thus safeguarding the nation against non-native pests and diseases, the safety and resilience of food systems is of paramount importance. Research and education is required to support both US trade, as well as trading partner initiatives, especially from developing countries. Other broad ranging issues that need to be addressed include: climate change, conservation and use of biodiversity, and other managed or natural resources such as forests.

    Addressing many of these challenges will require new paradigms and innovations towards a comprehensive integrated approach that cuts across traditional disciplinary lines. Together, the 1890 Institutions have critical knowledge and a diverse mass of unique expertise and scientists who can make substantial contributions towards meeting some of these challenges. Thus, the 1890 CEIED will play a crucial role in catalyzing and supporting collaborative action to support this mission in the specific area of global engagement and development. Ultimately, the CEIED will play a crucial role in allowing 1890 universities to harness their internal capacity be more responsive and effective in making meaningful contributions in this space.