Filling the Talent Gap: Solutions to Hiring the Best and Brightest
GTRI is well poised to tackle thei opportunities in collaboration with local universities and employers. The barriers to more effective utilization of international student talent that could help make Southeast Michigan a global leader in talent are more artificial than legal. Building awareness of the tremendous underutilization of international talent that plays such an integral part to the STEM academic programs, especially on the graduate level, at Michigan colleges and universities (as well as those across the nation) is the first step. Addressing the cultural barriers and misinformation that prevent more area employers from considering international talent is a second step. A third step centers on helping international students to better understand the culture of the American business community and workplace. Finally, we must focus on creating a robust array of opportunities for international students to build relationships with our region and its professional and international communities.
Filling the Talent Gap is an update to GTRI’s 2013 study of the use of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) portion of international student visas at seven key Michigan universities.
This report would not have been possible without the partnership and support from the international student offices at GTRI’s participating universities – University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Lawrence Technological University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Oakland University. Additionally, we are extremely grateful to the New Economy Initiative for their financial support and partnership.