Emirates Leadership Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School

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The Emirates Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School is an innovative education program that will deepen Harvard’s engagement with the people and countries of the Arab world through a wide array of new leadership, research, executive education, and fellowship programs. The program was established in 2014 with support from the Government of the United Arab Emirates.

Every year, the Emirates Leadership Initiative grants up to 10 graduate fellowships to Arab students, as well as six pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships for researchers with academic expertise on the Middle East. Through annual educational exchanges and interactive research tours, Harvard faculty and students meet with key public and private sector leaders to discuss the UAE’s rapid growth and development, analyze global issues, and learn about culture and politics of the region. The Harvard Kennedy School also conducts annual leadership development seminars for Emirati public sector officials.

Through enriching educational partnerships with US institutions, like the Harvard Kennedy School, the UAE is increasing cultural understanding and training the next generation of Emirati leaders. Programs like the Emirates Leadership Initiative provide unique opportunities for peer-to-peer exchanges and help broaden American and Emirati students’ horizons.