Downtown Detroit Makes Play for Global Talent
Hundreds of International Students to participate in retention conference
Over 300 international students from Michigan’s top universities will attend the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative’s “Michigan’s Global Future” conference in downtown Detroit on Friday as part of the larger regional efforts of GTRI, Global Detroit, and regional leaders to recruit highly-skilled and talented immigrants to live and work in Detroit.
“We want to showcase Detroit-based companies, Detroit’s emerging tech economy, and the city itself as a destination to build a career and a life,” notes GTRI Director Athena Trentin. The Detroit Experience Factory will lead students on industry tours with stops at Campus Martius Park, The Madison Block, Rivard Plaza, the Eastern Market, and other highlights.
Early registration for the conference demonstrates the remarkable degree of talent among Michigan’s international student population interested in staying in Michigan after graduation. More than 300 international students have pre-registered and GTRI reports that 70 percent of those registered are in graduate programs, while 85 percent are majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), or business. “This talent pool is just as rich as it gets. This supply of international talent is like rocket fuel to power Metro Detroit’s economic future,” said Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit.