World Learning will Implement USAID Scholarship Program In Kosovo

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded World Learning with a contract to implement the $30 million Transformational Leadership Scholarships and Partnerships Program. The five-year program aims to help train a new generation of Kosovar leaders to drive significant change in priority economic, political, and social areas.

“World Learning is proud of its cooperation on this program that will educate and empower individuals in Kosovo to take the lead in their country’s development,” said Donald Steinberg, president and CEO of World Learning. “It will also strengthen the country’s universities enabling them to build future generations of leaders.”

World Learning and USAID will implement the program in partnership with the Government of Kosovo, the University of Prishtina, and other higher education institutions in country, as well as Arizona State University, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, and Dartmouth College in the United States.

The program will provide scholarships for Kosovars to pursue at least 185 master's degrees and 160 professional certificates at US universities. When alumni return to Kosovo they will be placed in key institutions, especially in the public sector, where they can utilize their new knowledge and skills to influence change from within. In addition World Learning and its partners will build the capacity of higher education institutions in Kosovo to prepare graduates to meet the needs of the growing economy and developing state. This will ensure that the leadership training process is both domestic and sustainable.

Posted by: on March 3, 2014