Press Release (ePRNews.com) - AUSTIN, Texas - Apr 21, 2019 - The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of Rumsfeld Fellows from Central Asia and the Caucasus to Austin, Texas from April 20 – 24. The delegation consists of six professionals from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia. While in Austin, the Open World program participants will be hosted by GlobalAustin.
In Austin, delegates will collaborate on best practices for Accountable Governance. Delegates will meet members of the Texas Legislature and their staff, and local leaders in Central Texas. Additional activities will include visiting start-ups, businesses, and business incubators/accelerators. The delegates will stay in the homes of local residents who serve as hospitality hosts.
GlobalAustin connects people with a global vision, for mutual learning and understanding, through hosting current and emerging leaders and developing citizen diplomats. Established in 1960, GlobalAustin offers professional programs, provides cultural activities, and arranges home hospitality for foreign leaders participating in the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program as well as other exchanges. GlobalAustin hosts approximately 500 visitors each year in Austin.
Open World’s 20th Year
Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World Leadership Center maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov.
GlobalAustin began as a program designed to welcome international students to the University of Texas. Over the years, it grew into an important leadership organization that eventually became affiliated with the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Since 1960, GlobalAustin has worked with thousands of international visitors to make connections in Austin; connections the organization says enhance the local economy, architecture, environment, city government, technology, and culture.
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