Global Institute for Leadership and Management Development
Programs at UVI to cultivate students, graduates for world leadership
By Joy Blackburn - Daily News Staff
Tuesday, May 20, 2003
ST.THOMAS-The Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean begins today at the University of the Virgin Islands’ St. Thomas campus.
The institute, in its ninth year, will draw 45 students and graduates from 24 universities and campuses in the Caribbean, the U.S. mainland and Europe for leadership-development training.
“The purpose - the mission, if you will - is to identify young aspiring leaders and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to cope effectively in the global environment,” said Summer Institute Director Solomon Kabuka, a UVI international business and management professor.
The two-week event will open with a ceremony from 8:30 to 10:0 am today in Chase Auditorium. The keynote address will be delivered by UVI President Emeritus Orville Kean.
The theme for the seminar is “Turbulent Times for Global Leaders.”
“Most of the focus of our training this summer is on how a leader can be effective in these very dynamic times,” Kabuka said.
The program structure this year is different than previous years, featuring more hands-on learning activities, including workshops, seminars, forums and field study trips.
For instance, to prepare for the World Forum, students will explore whether the United Nations is still relevant in the 21st century, Kabuka said.
Before the forum on May 28, U.N. ambassadors such as Patrick Lewis of Antigua and Barbuda and Robert Millette of Grenada will coach students for a week, according to a statement released by the university. Two other forums will focus on issues in Europe and the Caribbean.
This year, the institute has included students from the University of Chausee in Belgium to increase the global perspective of the event, Kabuka said.
At the end of the two weeks, students will present a customized leadership prospectus that they will use to reach their goals.
“This is a road map for them,” Kabuka said.
The Summer Institute is open to college juniors, seniors, and university graduates and is supported annually by regional and local universities and private organizations.