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Miami Center for Social Entrepreneurship hosts 20 top North African students: Program sponsored by U.S. State Department

06/22/2010

Promising young leaders from five North African countries arrive this weekend to spend three and a half weeks at Miami University - one of only five sites in the United States - learning about social entrepreneurship.

Miami’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship, in the Farmer School of Business, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to host a 2010 Study of the United States Institute (SUSI). The center will receive a $220,000 grant from the State Department to present a hands-on program for 20 outstanding university students from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Participating male and female students were selected by the U.S. embassies in their respective countries.

Each participant will be matched with a peer mentor from Miami. The institute will acquaint participants with all aspects of social entrepreneurship, engaging them in study of successful enterprises in the United States and elsewhere, including the success of Miami’s internationally-recognized EDUN Live on Campus venture, a partnership with U2’s Bono, which has sold over 25,000 socially-conscious t-shirts and has replicated its model at a dozen U.S. campuses. The curriculum, presented by Miami faculty members from several divisions, will include the study of U.S. history and society.

During their time on campus, all participants will develop a business plan for a social entrepreneurship venture that they will take back to their countries. For the final one-and-a-half weeks of the program, the SUSI group will visit established social entrepreneurship programs in Pennsylvania and New York City and will end up in Washington D.C., where they will rejoin SUSI participants from four other programs across the country.

Founded in 2006, the center focuses on creating real-world learning opportunities for undergraduates. “It is a tribute to our Center for Social Entrepreneurship that Miami was chosen as one of the U.S. universities to host a SUSI program,” said Brett Smith, the center’s director. “Since our founding, we have been able to accomplish a great deal, thanks to the enthusiasm of our students and the support of the Farmer School and of Miami University.”

The center has been recognized in Time, Business Week, Financial Times and The Princeton Review, and its representatives have given presentations at conferences including the Skoll World Forum, United Nations Executive Committee, Nelson Mandela Promise of Leadership Conference and Clinton Global Initiative.

Details about Miami’s Center for Social Entrepreneurship are available at www.fsb.muohio.edu/centers/social-entrepreneurship, or by calling (513) 529-1276.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes are sponsored by the Study of the U.S. Branch in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and administered by AED. SUSI participants are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, ECA has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. ECA also sponsors the Fulbright Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. For more information, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/.

Hosts needed for July 9-11 for visiting students

A requirement for the Department of State grant is that participants spend a weekend with an American family in the area.

If you are interested in this opportunity to host a North African student leader the weekend of July 9-11, please contact Katie Mulligan, assistant director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship, Miami University, (w) 513.529.1276, (c) 248.376.3344, or mulligke@muohio.edu.

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