Georgetown University in Qatar (GU-Q) student Abdurrehman Naveed (SFS’17) was awarded the best delegate award for his performance during the 16th annual leadership program of the Preparing Global Leaders Institute (PGLI). Out of a cohort of 35 delegates from 26 countries, Naveed became the first Georgetown student—from Qatar or the Main Campus in Washington, D.C.—to be awarded the distinction.
Mentors for the program included Dr. Sam Potolicchio, director of Global and Custom Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, Donald Steel, former chief communications officer at the BBC, and public relations expert Kosta Petrov. Naveed, who is majoring in International Politics at GU-Q, applied to the program after finding out about the caliber of mentors who would be attending.
“At Georgetown, we encourage students to become leaders and active citizens of the world,” said Associate Dean of Student Affairs at GU-Q, Dr. Brendan Hill. “It is great to hear about Abdurrehman’s experiences and successes at a program attended by such diverse international participants.”
In addition to classes in Struga and the Macedonian capital Skopje, the program included a guest lecture by British diplomats and a key-note address by the United States Ambassador to Macedonia. Delegates also had the opportunity to visit the ancient town of Ohrid, one of the oldest human settlements in Europe and an UNESCO World Heritage site.
The program has given me with the opportunity to engage in dialogue with people from parts of the world that I would never have had the opportunity to interact with otherwise.
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