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Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at Bridgewater State University

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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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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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