Executive Education hosts Open Society Foundations conference

Executive Education plays host in March to a two-day conference for Open Society Foundations-sponsored students. Public Administration graduate students from University of Ottawa and Brandeis University will join their Syracuse University colleagues in order to gain perspectives of public administration and professional development skills. These students will also have the opportunity to present to their peers on a research topic of their choice. A total of fourteen graduate students will join two OSF staff members and members of the Executive Education team.

Executive Education’s partnership with Open Society Foundations is in its second year.  OSF is currently sponsoring seven students from Moldova and Georgia at the Maxwell School, all of whom are pursuing an Executive Master of Public Administration degree. OSF’s mission is to “build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens” (http://www.soros.org/about).

These mid-career students in Executive Education at the Maxwell School join an international student body, 47% of which hail from countries other than the United States. Upon graduation, they will immediately be able to transfer and apply the knowledge gained while at Maxwell upon return to their countries’ ministries. The sponsorship extends approximately 18 months to allow the opportunity to gain additional experience in an internship at an agency or organization in the U.S.

In December 2013 this current cohort will join their colleagues from the inaugural OSF group of eight students, who completed their degrees in December 2012.