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Public Invited to Future Global Leaders World Forum Debate Monday, May 28

The Virgin Islands public is invited to attend the World Forum Session of the 2012 Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean at the University of the Virgin Islands. The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., on Monday, May 28, in the first-floor conference room of UVI's Administration and Conference Center on the St. Thomas campus.

This year's Summer Institute - the 18th annual - began on May 14, and runs through May 30. Its overall theme is "Managing Crises in a Global Environment." Approximately 35 junior, senior and graduate college students from the Virgin Islands, the U.S. mainland, throughout the Caribbean (including a contingent from Haiti) and Africa are participating in the intensive, two-week leadership development course that aims to broaden student knowledge of the impact that global forces of technology, commerce, and communication have on the Caribbean.

The Institute has distinguished itself as a premier program for nurturing future leaders with a global perspective, according to Coordinator Dr. Ronald E. Harrigan. Since its inception, more than 500 students from French, Spanish, Dutch and English-speaking communities across the Caribbean, as well as students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the U.S. mainland, and universities in Canada and Europe have completed the program.

An integral part of the Institute is the opportunity it offers students to learn about the governmental structure of the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a highlight, students are given tours of the V.I. Senate Building, Government House and Superior Court. They meet with members of the local government including government officials, the president of the Legislature and the chief judge of the Virgin Islands Superior Court.

For more information, visit the Summer Institute Website in the School of Business section of the UVI website -