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American students join international program for the first time
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 17, 2012 — The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation today welcomed 19 aspiring entrepreneurs from the Netherlands, Singapore, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, to its 2012 Global Scholars Program – an intensive opportunity to immerse themselves in the field of entrepreneurship.
"We are thrilled that the 2012 class will include U.S. Scholars, in addition to our participants from abroad. Our goal always has been to provide a global group of talented aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity to catalyze their development with unparalleled training in entrepreneurship," said Wendy E.F. Torrance, Global Scholars Program director. "By bringing in American students, we are expanding that conversation while continuing to foster the creation of companies by entrepreneurs who are transformative and born global."
The selected Scholars are outstanding recent or soon-to-be graduates in fields ranging from aerospace engineering and industrial engineering to architecture, business and law. In addition, one faculty member from Indonesia, supported by the Ciputra Foundation, will join the class to develop the capacity to train future Indonesian entrepreneurs.
The nearly six-month Program will provide Scholars with opportunities to develop insights and perspectives they otherwise would not have access to and gain a valuable understanding of entrepreneurship and the skills they will need to be future entrepreneurial leaders. Through intensive workshops with leading scholars, policy leaders and business founders, visits to leading American universities and three-month internships, participants will ultimately develop their entrepreneurial skills, ideas, competencies and capabilities to start and grow a business.
The Global Scholars Program began in 2007 in collaboration with the United Kingdom government, then-Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown and the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship. Since that time, the Kauffman Foundation has hosted students and faculty sponsored by governments and organizations from eight countries representing fourteen nationalities.
"As always, we are looking forward to our experiences with this new class of outstanding Scholars," said Torrance. "Watching them take the leap into entrepreneurship and gain a global perspective while growing as future entrepreneurial leaders."