As they begin their Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowships, mid-career professionals from around the world will participate in a pair of forums, July 25 and 26, where the fellows will talk about their work and their home countries. See box for forum details.
UC Davis Extension, the continuing and professional education division of UC Davis, has hosted Humphrey Fellows for pre-academic orientation and training for 22 years in a row. Some of the fellows stay here, the rest go to other U.S. universities for their one-year fellowships, including nondegree graduate study and related professional experience.
Participants in the 2017 orientation and training program come from 34 countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Cuba, Mali and Belarus. The fellows’ projects include “Energy Efficiency in the Kurdistan Region: Energy Saved Is Energy Produced,” “Algeria, a Touristic Country Without Tourism: Fasten Your Seat Belt,” “Hindu Women’s Fight for Identity in Pakistan: The Realities of Women's Lives,” “Post-Production Losses of Grain for Sustainable Food Security and Nutrition in Ghana: Cheaper Hunger Relief” and “The Israeli Palestinian Conflict: Why I Don’t Believe in a Two-State Solution.”
President Jimmy Carter instituted the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program in 1978 to honor the late senator and vice president, a longtime advocate of international cooperation and understanding. The program serves designated countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eurasia.