Leadership Exchange Opportunities
The MEPI Alumni Network Caravan; Morocco.
MEPI exchange programs enhance cultural understanding, international collaboration, democratic institution building, knowledge sharing, and economic development between U.S. and Middle East/North Africa-based students, entrepreneurs, lawmakers, and civil society leaders.
MEPI’s education-focused exchanges, such as university scholarships, English-language learning, and social technology networking cultivate employable skills, generate increased opportunities, promote tolerance and respect, and prepare participants for advanced academic opportunities. Programs target both young and mature learners and their educators, often focusing on disadvantaged populations.
STRENGTHENING CIVIL SOCIETY
For the sustainability and growth of a robust civil society, it is critical that a “next generation” of leaders with training and experience in coalition building, political campaigns, and peaceful negotiation step forward into leadership roles. MEPI empowers these aspiring leaders and activists through exchange programs that increase understanding of democratic values, good governance, and rule of law through exposure to and dialogue with their counterparts abroad.
DEVELOPING PROFESSIONAL NETWORKS
MEPI’s exchanges among professionals from a wide range of public and private sectors boost economic and civic development through the enhancement of professional skills. These exchanges also establish valuable relationships, dialogue, and collaboration among professionals.
“We believe partnerships with people play a critical role in our 21st century statecraft. President Obama’s Cairo speech is a powerful example of communicating directly with people from the bottom up. And we are following up with a comprehensive agenda of educational exchanges, outreach, and entrepreneurial ventures.”
Secretary Clinton - July 15, 2009