Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Goldman Sachs officials congratulate Placidie Murebwayire of Rwanda (left) after she won one of the two top prizes in the business plan competition. (Photo by Elyse Nkunineza)

William Davidson Institute aids Rwandan businesswomen
Two Rwandan businesswomen have won a business plan competition that is part of an entrepreneurship program organized by the William Davidson Institute. The competition concludes a six-month entrepreneurship program that is designed to help Rwandan women seeking to expand their small businesses.

UM-Flint partners with Romanian academy
Another overseas university has been added to the list of global academic partners with UM-Flint. The school has signed a memorandum of understanding with The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies in Romania. The agreement will facilitate exchanges and cooperative initiatives with UM-Flint.

Dearborn campus announces scholarship for police officers
Dearborn city police officers will have the opportunity to further their education at reduced cost thanks to a new scholarship program at UM-Dearborn. Officers who wish to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees will be eligible for a special credit for 20 percent of their tuition costs and fees each semester.

The Michigan Difference

A new way to build
A construction system that could help revive urban areas is being developed by Harry Giles, a professor in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a team of collaborators. MidMod is an adaptable, durable and energy efficient construction system ideally suited for mixed-use, urban neighborhoods. A prototype structure is expected to be placed on display this fall.