The workshops enabled the participants to focus not only on Big Ideas, but also on the most effective ways to implement them through governmental institutions. Ten Afghan student participants join 30 exceptional AUW students, representing 12 countries across Asia. These students will then return to AUW in the fall of 2013 to present their projects to the greater AUW student body.
The institute provided a forum for shared learning and dialogue, eschange of experiences and expertise, and peer-to-peer networking, and build an important platform for cross-fertilization of knowledge and innovative leadership skills. Since the institute was launched a year from the defining events of the Arab Spring, it acknowledged the uniqueness of this historical moment by including a particularly strong cohort from the Middle East and North Africa regions.
The colloquium featured Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton and a global representation of government leaders, policy makers, public officials, scholars, students, researchers, and leaders in public service.