Posted on Monday, June 18, 2018
Harvard University professors will welcome 70 first-generation college students from Africa, Middle East, and South Asia, to the Second Annual Crossroads Emerging Leaders program in Dubai a unique. It is a fully-funded leadership development opportunity for accomplished and ambitious young people who have overcome significant barriers to higher education.
During the pilot program 2017, 50 students engaged with each other and faculty through the Harvard Business School case-study method of teaching and learning, exposing them to real, contemporary business scenarios. Executives from leading private and publicly-owned multinational companies visited the classroom to interact with students and offer their experience.
The successful cohort of 2017 included a young woman from a city in Pakistan with the country’s lowest female literacy rate. An Indian student had worked as a garbage collector to pay his school fees.
The 2018 program will see a larger, even more diverse group of students exposed to a greater variety of disciplines within Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM), business and leadership.
The programme will cover the costs of international travel, board, lodging and class materials, for students who are the first in their families to attend college and may also be facing challenging financial and social circumstances that discourage them from applying to postgraduate schools.
The programme is organised by the Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute (SAI), Harvard University, and the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
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