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Bridgewater State University (BSU) is among an elite group of institutions chosen by the U.S. Department of State to host the “Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders” (YALI).  Beginning in mid-June, twenty-five of Africa’s brightest emerging public administrators will study at BSU for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

This flagship program was launched in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The leadership institute empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities. The participants come from Sub-Saharan Africa and have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, or communities. The cohort of 25 Fellows are a part of a larger group of 1000 Mandela Washington Fellows being hosted across the United States. At the conclusion of the BSU program, Select Fellows will receive hands-on experience through a six-week placement with U.S. companies, organizations, and government agencies.

BSU's goal is to connect the Fellows with local institutions, organizations and leaders in our community and to broaden thinking about social, cultural and economic issues in a spirit of mutual dialog. The group will be in Bridgewater beginning in mid-June.

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In the News...

A Universe of Health Care
Press Release - July 18, 2018
As he spoke to a group of young leaders from Africa, Dr. John Meara brought up sobering statistics about health care around the world. For instance: 5 billion people lack access to safe, affordable surgical care and anesthesia; 143 million additional surgical procedures are needed each year; 81 million people annually face catastrophic expenses as a result of surgery and anesthesia. And, the consequences of inadequate care ripple across a region, harming individuals and whole countries, said Dr. Meara, Kletjian professor of global surgery at Harvard Medical School and plastic surgeon-in-chief at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Focusing on Education in Africa
Press Release - July 16, 2018
What if upon turning 13 or 14, your parents demanded that you drop out of school in order to get married, knowing that if you defied them you would no longer be welcome in their home, leaving you homeless?

Crisis Control
Press Release - July 12, 2018
Nearly all organizations and companies, big and small, are at some point presented with a crisis they have to manage. “The thing about a crisis is you never know when one is going to hit,” said Paul Jean, vice president of marketing and communications at Bridgewater State University.

Mandela Fellows Officially Welcomed
Press Release - June 27, 2018
The campus community officially welcomed to Bridgewater the 2018 cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows for a six-week academic and leadership institute. “I look out on this group of people and I just see this whole community, this village,” said Dr. Wendy Haynes, interim assistant provost and senior international officer, who serves as director of BSU’s Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute.

2018 Mandela Fellows Have Landed
Press Release - June 21, 2018
They arrived from the airport by the bus full on Wednesday, representing nearly 50 different countries. They are among Africa’s brightest emerging public-management leaders, and 25 of them are on campus for a six-week academic and leadership institute.

Mandela Fellows Returning to Campus
Press Release - February 6, 2018
For the third consecutive year, Bridgewater State University has been selected as a partner with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Bridgewater will host 26 of Africa’s brightest emerging public-management leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute beginning in mid-June.



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The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by IREX.
Bridgewater State University is a sub-grantee of IREX and is supporting the U.S.-based academic program of the Fellowship.

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