A delegation of biomedical leaders from India visited the Navy Yard on October 7 as part of a larger visit to understand biomedical entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the Philadelphia region.
During the visit, Navy Yard leadership briefed the group on the growing life sciences ecosystem, sustainability efforts, and future development plans at the Navy Yard. The group also enjoyed a guided tour to learn about the past, present, and future of the Navy Yard.
The Philadelphia tour was organized by Citizen Diplomacy International. Citizen Diplomacy International is a nonprofit organization that empowers its citizens to represent the city and the United States through person-to-person diplomacy. They showcase the best of Philadelphia and make global connections for Philadelphians; inspiring Philadelphia to be a global city and be globally recognized. Each year, its Citizen Diplomats volunteers welcome nearly 1,300 international visitors to Philadelphia on high school exchange programs, professional exchange programs, and trade missions.
Citizen Diplomacy International worked with the U.S. Department of State-sponsored exchange program called the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Each year nearly 5,000 International Visitors come to the U.S. on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). More than 200,000 International Visitors have engaged with Americans through the IVLP, including more than 500 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government.