Scholars Plan for the Future of Kosovo in Leadership Retreat
One semester into their Master’s studies, fifty-five TLP-SP scholars made their way to Washington DC for World Learning’s annual TLP-SP Leadership Retreat to discuss leadership and what it means to drive change in Kosovo.
The scholars gathered from 35 different universities across the United States to reflect on their own leadership styles, discuss inclusion, exchange their experiences so far and share their transformational plans for Kosovo’s future.
“This retreat was a great opportunity for us to connect with one another,” shared Korab Vranovci, who studies Geographic Information Systems at the University of Arkansas. “Every student is eager to contribute in their respective fields upon their return to Kosovo, and this willingness was an inspiration for me because together it will be easier for us to give back to our communities and work towards positive improvements.”
This three-day retreat motivated and focused the Kosovar scholars on how to leverage the knowledge, skills and awareness from their TLP-SP experience to become emerging leaders and change-makers in Kosovo.
Special speakers World Learning President Carol Jenkins, Ambassador of Kosovo to the United States Vlora Citaku, Head of the Mission of the Republic of Kosovo in New York Teuta Sahatqija and USAID Assistant Administrator Thomas O. Melia all shared their greetings and regards for the Master’s students. Ambassador Citaku and Head of the Mission Sahatqija both promised to support their fellow Kosovars in their exciting journeys ahead.
During the workshop, the students got together to discuss concrete ideas of how to give-back to Kosovo upon returning: among the ideas shared were ones to tackle gender inequality and to improve representation in public and private institutions.
International relations students also had the distinct honor of meeting with Congressman Eliot Engels.
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