Texas Tech University to Host 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

LUBBOCK, TX (NEWS RELEASE) - Texas Tech University continues to be recognized as a global leader in cultural and economic development.

The university has been selected as an Institute Partner for the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Beginning in mid-June, Texas Tech will host 25 bright, emerging African leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training and networking opportunities. Fellows are from every country in sub-Saharan Africa and have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations and communities.

The cohort of fellows hosted by Texas Tech will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows studying at institutions across the United States this summer.  These fellows will meet at the end of their institutes in Washington, D.C., for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, where they will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Following the summit, 100 competitively selected fellows will spend six weeks in professional development experiences with U.S. nongovernmental organizations, private companies and government agencies.

Working closely with the state department and its implementing partner, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Institute Partners have designed programs that will challenge, inspire and empower the young leaders.

During their time at Texas Tech, the fellows will be introduced to U.S. models and best practices through a broad mix of leadership development and academic activities like classroom sessions, panel discussions and site visits. They also will connect with local leaders and the community through volunteer activities and service projects.

“We are honored to host the Mandela Washington Fellowship,” said Sukant Misra, associate vice provost for international programs in the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs. “This is a prestigious program and is highly competitive. Our selection is a terrific recognition of our institution’s international stature and the ultimate testament of our hard-working and ambitious faculty and staff.”

For more information about the program, read the full story here.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program funded by the U.S. Department of State and supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit yali.state.gov and join the conversation at #YALI2017. 

(News release from Texas Tech University)

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