Webster University Ghana, has hosted the cohorts 4 of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), at the new East Legon Campus of the school in Accra. Webster University a proud supporter of President Barrack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative and who also value the partnership with the Regional Leaders Centre (RLC) of YALI organised the networking and barbeque event to showcase to the world that Africa has some strong and bright young leaders in the world.
Speaking at the event that brought cohorts of YALI from various African countries, the Campus Director, Webster University Ghana, Christa E. Sanders, said Webster believes in investing in the next generation as YALI does.
“It is a very important collaboration for Webster, we believe in investing in the next generation of African leaders and YALI also obviously doing the same thing, there is a lot of benefits in this partnership for both of us.
“At Webster we believe in promoting the next generation of global citizens who are also our global leaders, so Webster being here on the African continent, it has great meaning and great significance, we believe very much in the vision of YALI,” she noted.
Sanders was also full of praise for President Obama for such a great initiative to groom and challenge the young generation.
“President Barrack Obama set up these very important initiatives to help the young generation of leaders, so collaborating as an American Institution with YALI is very critical giving our presence now on the African continent.”
“The Webster Ghana programme is the eighth of nine global sites that Webster has around the world,” she said. Speaking to GNA after the event, Sanders said she was inspired by the next generation of the African leaders.
“I am very much thrilled and inspired by the young generation, there is hope and promise for the African Continent. “I think our students as well as the YALI participants did an excellent job describing the impact of culture on leadership and the type of important things we need to think about in being effective as African leaders.”
The Public Affairs Counsellor, US Embassy Accra, Daniel Fennell disclosed to the GNA the idea behind the partnership with Webster University Ghana to reach out to YALI.
“The idea was to bring Young African Leaders to the United States to meet President Barrack Obama and get to know some of our leadership skills but we wanted to expend that for more people to participate in the training.
“We had a plan of four leadership centres in Africa, and Webster University Accra is one of the first two to open, so this is an excellent programme.”
The keynote address from Professor Kofi Asare Opoku, former Research Fellow in Religion and Ethics at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, encapsulated the event by calling on young Africans to go beyond the skies.
“There are realms beyond the skies for young Africans to passionately aspire to and I have every confidence that the creative impulse that lies within each of you will find expression in whatever you choose to do for the benefit of your people.”
Webster University being the first American University in the Sub-Region to provide both us and Ghanaian accredited degrees, welcome graduate students pursuing Masters in Business Administration and MA in International Relations as well as Undergraduate Studies in Management, International Relations and Media Communication, has this academic year introduced Computer Science to their programmes.
The school at its new campus in Accra, have Undergraduate students from a growing number of nations including Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Israel, Togo, Lebanon, Holland, Iran and US.
Webster University Ghana, is the one University that operates from four continents and nine countries.
CAPTION: Left: Daniel Fennell Public Affairs Counselor, U.S. Embassy Accra, Ghana. Christa E. Sanders
Campus Director, Webster University Ghana and Professor Kofi Asare Opoku former Research Fellow in Religion and Ethics at the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana