Twenty-five young African leaders will leverage the world leadership of theÂ University of California, Davis, in zero-net energy and its global experience to tackle energy challenges in their countries.
On Feb. 9, theÂ U.S. State DepartmentÂ andÂ IREX, the international nonprofit that administers the fellowship program, announced the 36 universities that will host six-week summer programs–also in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management–for about 1,000 fellows.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges is transitioning to a sustainable energy future, and UC Davis is leading with research, education, and outreach in energy sciences, technology, management, and policy to develop solutions.
“The fellows are future leaders in Africa,â€ she added, “and UC Davis is partnering with them to make a difference in our communities, our countries and our world.â€
Selected from countries in Africa through a competition, the fellows are 25- to 35-year-olds who already have a record of leadership and accomplishments.
U.S. Rep. JohnÂ GaramendiÂ was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia and has led two peace mission teams to Africa. “I congratulate these young leaders from Africa for their participation in the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, as well as their dedication to improving the energy future of their countries and the world,â€ he said. “I am also very proud of theÂ University of California, Davis,Â for the global leadershipÂ it isÂ showing by hosting this unique and important institute for theÂ Mandela program.â€Â
Expertise from campus and beyond
Institute seminars and lectures will draw on the expertise of faculty from a broad range of disciplines and some dozen UC Davis institutes and research centers–including theÂ Energy Efficiency Center, which accelerates the development and commercialization of energy efficiency technologies, and theÂ Institute of Transportation Studies, the world’s leading university center on sustainable transportation.
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