As one of the top research universities in the world, MSU has sharpened its focus on several critical international research themes, including agriculture and food systems, sustainable environment, health and nutrition, and education.
Agriculture and Food
MSU researchers work directly with farmers, policy makers, government entities, and researchers in partner institutions to increase agricultural productivity, improve diets, and build greater resilience to challenges like climate change. Backed by more than a quarter-billion dollars in international funding over the past decade, MSU researchers are working with key stakeholders around the globe to improve livelihoods through innovative research and sustainable solutions that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges in agriculture and food security.
- College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Global Center for Food Systems Innovation
- Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy
Education and Capacity Building
Relevant, responsive, and robust education systems play a critical role in sustainable economic and social development around the world. Michigan State University has a long history of working around the globe to build capacity in research, teaching, outreach, and administration in partner countries.
- Office of International Studies in Education
- Tanzania Partnership Program
- Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development
- The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program
Environment, Energy, and Water
With projects and programs focusing on areas such as climate change, clean water, and green energy, MSU faculty and students are working toward a more sustainable future for communities across the world.
- MSU Water Science Network
- Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
- Environmental Science and Policy Program
- College of Engineering
Health and Nutrition
MSU has experts working on solutions to the world's biggest health challenges, including community medicine, infection and tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, respiratory diseases, malaria, women's reproductive health, environmental health and water quality, food supply scarcity, nutrition, and zoonotic diseases.