University of Mississippi and Jackson State University Partner to Bring Young African Business Leaders to Mississippi – The Local Voice
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University of Mississippi and Jackson State University Partner to Bring Young African Business Leaders to Mississippi – The Local Voice

UM Office of Economic Development and JSU Welcome 2024 Mandela Scholars to Oxford

For the second summer in a row, the University of Mississippi opened its doors to the next generation of international leaders through the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The UM Office of Economic Developmentin partnership with Jackson State Universityhosted African leaders for two days of learning on July 7 and 8.

University of Mississippi and Jackson State University Partner to Bring Young African Business Leaders to Mississippi – The Local Voice
Mandela Scholars CME Tour, 2024. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

“We benefit from the sharing of ideas and perspectives from people who come from different countries, cultures and backgrounds,” Provost said. Noel Wilkinwho met the scholarship recipients during their visit. “This opportunity to exchange ideas between business leaders Africa “It’s amazing. I hope they enjoy this visit as much as we do.”

THE Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders InitiativeThe fellows, all aged 25 to 35, are accomplished innovators and leaders in their communities and represent 23 different African nations.

Mandela Scholars attended sessions hosted by the Haley Barbour Center for Industrial Excellence, Grisham-McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement, Technology Commercialization Office, Afro-Caribbean Students Association And Business school.

“This visit will provide UM students, faculty and staff with the opportunity to engage with international business leaders and strengthen our partnership with JSU,” said JR LoveDeputy Director of Economic Development and Insight Park.

Mandela Scholars CME Tour, 2024. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

During the visit, the fellows connected with university and community leaders, toured the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence, and learned about technology commercialization and business management.

Chazz Ndabaan engineer of Johannesburg, South Africasaid the visit to the Manufacturing Excellence Center was an eye-opener.

“We realized that this type of technology is revolutionary and is improving the lives of people all across Mississippi,” Ndaba said. “It’s really amazing what you’re doing here, and that’s what we want to do.”

Cesaltine Adrianoa guy from Angolasaid his main takeaway from the Oxford The tour focused on community building.

“It’s really interesting to see that the university is trying to give back to the community and see what kind of impact it can have on the students around it,” Adriano said. “It’s inspired me. That, and the centers that you have here, just show me how far we have to go.”

Nahuja Hatibuof Tanzaniasaid he has seen so many women in leadership positions at Jackson State and Ole Miss was also motivating for her.

“The whole team that leads us here is made up of women,” Hatibu said. “That has motivated us a lot, because it is difficult to know that it is possible to be a woman, to be a teacher and a mother. We have a lot of mentors on how to be a mother, but not many on how to become a professional.”

Provost Noel Wilkin. Photo by Srijita Chattopadhyay/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services.

Jackson State University is proud to partner with the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, said Saundra McFarlandCo-Executive Director of the 2024 Mandela Washington Fellowship Leadership in Business Institute and Associate Professor of Business Law at JSU.

“In this regard, we ensure that the scholarship holders participating in JSU Business Leadership Institute “Experience the best that Mississippi has to offer, including our renowned institutions of higher education,” she said.

“Ultimately, we hope that the fellows will find enrichment and inspiration during their visit to the University of Mississippi and will gain skills, knowledge and relationships that will enable them to make meaningful contributions to their home communities.”

The partnership between JSU and UM began in 2020, when Love and McFarland served on the planning team for the Mississippi Entrepreneurship Forum.

The fellowship is celebrating its 10th anniversary and has supported nearly 6,500 young leaders from countries around the world. Sub-Saharan Africa visit the United States for academic and leadership training.