During a February 6-7 trip to Penang, Ambassador-designate Kagan was thrilled to strengthen ties with U.S. businesses, civil society, and alumni of U.S. government sponsored exchange programs. He saw firsthand how leading U.S. businesses like Dexcom and Intel are continuing their groundbreaking work in medical device innovation and driving economic growth through advancement in tech while maintaining robust corporate social responsibility programs and promoting sustainability. The Ambassador also visited the Penang Skills Development Centre which provides education and training to tens of thousands of Malaysians and is supported by U.S. businesses.
While exploring George Town’s renowned street murals, he expressed his appreciation for Penang’s history, reflected in its architecture, art, and people. He then toured the Penang Science Cluster, a non-profit organization that promotes STEM education, innovation, and entrepreneurship in the local community and also hosts the American Corner, which includes an EducationUSA Advising Center. Finally, he engaged with Girls in Engineering and Technology program participants and Academy for Women Entrepreneurs alumnae and emphasized U.S. government support for STEM education for girls and opportunities for women entrepreneurs