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OIRED: Our International Mission

The Office of International Research, Education, and Development (OIRED) links Virginia Tech to the world. We support the university’s international mission by leading projects that raise the standard of living in developing countries. The office has a research portfolio of $58 million, most of which is funded by the United States Agency for International Development.


Research is a key component of development. What works? What doesn’t? What kind of bean grows best in a given soil? If women are given more control over assets, will this raise a family’s income? OIRED manages projects in developing countries that look at these issues, dealing with such things as integrated pest management (looking at how to maximize crop yields while minimizing effects to the environment), improving agricultural education at the university level, and training a new generation in skills they will need in a competitive, technology-driven job market.

Recent highlights of our work include: