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Arizona State University was selected in 2014 as one of 20 leading U.S. universities to serve as an academic institute for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. The fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders, ages 25 to 35, with opportunities to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution and professional development support once they return home.
Led by the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, young professionals from Sub-Saharan Africa have come each year for a six-week professional civic leadership and public management training institute at the Phoenix downtown campus.
The fellows meet with ASU faculty, community partners and leaders from around the state and forge close connections with each other as well. Past fellows have been empowered individually and collaboratively to develop solutions to issues not just in Africa, but around the world, from access to quality education and job training to positive youth development and policy initiatives that build strong social systems.