TUSKEGEE, Ala. (September 12, 2012) — As part of an ongoing effort to expand the university’s international outreach, college students and young entrepreneurs from around the world will visit Tuskegee next week to learn more about innovation and agricultural production. Sept. 16-19, representatives from more than a dozen countries will attend the Global Youth Innovation Network (GYIN)/Tuskegee University Summit.
The event will also host Mulbah Jackollie, principal of the Booker Washington Institute in Liberia; Pape Samb, president and CEO of the Phelps Stokes Fund, a non-profit organization that helped to create the institute; A. Zaccheus Payne, president of the Booker Washington Institute National Alumni Association of North America and John Fanhbutu, president of the Maryland chapter of the institute’s alumni association.
According to its program, the summit will expose the group to Tuskegee’s best research and extension outreach practices; partnerships between American universities and private sector partners; interaction with local youth organizations; and Alabama history and local government practices.
The group will attend several workshops on topics such as business development and international education. They will also learn first-hand about the university’s partnerships and outreach efforts with visits to the vegetable production and processing center in Shorter, Ala., and a Walmart distribution center that is part of a partnership between the retail chain and the university. During the summit, the group will also tour the campus, its historic landmarks and visit three of Tuskegee’s colleges.
The international participants are from Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Ghana, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe. There is also one participant from Washington, D.C. and three Tuskegee students: Kenneth Dawson, Jasmyne Gilbert and Shanice Jones are part of the summit.