GGC celebrates a princely International Week

The world has come to Georgia Gwinnett College, with the March 21-25 celebration of the institution’s inaugural International Week, featuring a keynote presentation by Prince Cedza Dlamini of Swaziland.

The world has come to Georgia Gwinnett College, with the March 21-25 celebration of the institution’s inaugural International Week, featuring a keynote presentation by Prince Cedza Dlamini of Swaziland.

Dlamini is founder and CEO of the Ubuntu Institute for Young Social Entrepreneurs and grandson of Nelson Mandela, famed former president of South Africa.

Located in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Ubuntu Institute equips young African leaders with the leadership and professional skills needed to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) within their communities. Since 2004, Dlamini has been a spokesperson for the MDGs, an eight-point strategy for eradicating poverty, hunger and disease in Africa and around the world.

The prince will present the Global Perspectives Lecture, part of an event series offered in collaboration by various GGC departments and student organizations. The festivities include activities that are both academic and fun, reflecting the richness of different cultures, as well as the depth of issues facing the global community.

“Through our internationalization initiatives, we are taking GGC’s emphasis on leadership and service learning to the global scale,” said Anthony Pinder, GGC’s director of Internationalization. “Our students will graduate into a world more connected than ever."

A better understanding of global issues and other cultures will help students realize their personal leadership potential, with the full understanding of this country's role in international affairs and national civic improvements, Pinder said.

The prince’s appearance is well-suited to the mission of GGC’s internationalization program.

“I am delighted that Prince Cedza Dlamini is giving our first Global Perspectives Address,” said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. “Not only does his work bring focus to some of the world’s most serious issues, but he represents how one person can make a real difference. This is a great opportunity for our students to hear first-hand from an outstanding role model.”

The week features a festival-like presentation of food, music, dance and exhibits representing a range of different cultures, as well as a ping pong tournament, international trivia night and international film night.

A student debate will explore the timely question of whether or not the international community should intervene in domestic issues, and a student panel will share experiences in study abroad programs. The college now offers study abroad opportunities in several nations.

A group of select business leaders will participate in a panel discussion about international careers, and Peace Corps recruiters will share information about their program through several activities held during the week.

Activities provided for faculty include a presentation by Dr. Susan Sutton of Bryn Mawr College on internationalization of higher education in the age of globalization.

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