Mankato, Minn. Aaron Budge, cf. dean School of Science, Technology and Technology The University of Minnesota at Mankato had one of more than 50 Minnesota government, business and education directors who attended the 13th-19th. November to a trade delegation to the United Kingdom and Finland.
According to a Press release on November 13th from the office of Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, Walz led the trade delegation, focusing on “increasing state exports, promoting Minnesota as a major business investment destination, developing new business opportunities, and strengthening existing ties.”
The members of the Minnesota delegation were grouped into four areas of focus: medicine and health, environmental technologies, agriculture and food, and higher education.
Budge was part of a college degree that included the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, St. Thomas University, and Concordia University-St. Paul, as well as representatives from the elementary school district and the private sector.
Budge said the college team was led by Minnesota’s first woman, Gwen Walz, and Rachel Limón, regional trade manager and protocol manager for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
“The mission has already led to several opportunities for collaboration between students and faculty / staff, and further discussions are underway,” Budge said.
According to Budge, the meetings in London included co-operation and discussions with Birkbeck University in London, the UK Department of Education, the management of the four-delegation US Embassy, Queen Mary University in London and a number of university partners (Fulbright Commission, EducationUSA, Sannam S4 and others). ).
According to Budge, contacts were established in Helsinki with the Fulbright Finland Foundation, the management of the US Embassy, the Academy of Finland and representatives of the FARIA network, the Ministry of Education and Culture, the University of Helsinki and Aalto. University.
According to Budge, members of the delegation participated in COVID testing several times before and during the mission, and appropriate protocols were followed throughout the trip.
For more information on Budge, email [email protected] or by phone at 507-389-5998.
Further information on the trading mission, primarily the activities of Governor Walz, is available through updates posted on the DEED website:
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,546 students, is part of the Minnesota state system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.