September 5: Ottawa. The Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) welcomes the 2017 cohort of African Leaders of Tomorrow (ALT) scholars to Canada and wishes them success in their studies as they begin their Master’s programs in universities across the country.
“We are proud to be associated with this program which allows young African professionals to build their capacity in public policy and administration. Scholars will also have a unique opportunity to gain exposure to Canadian government practices through the mentorship component. They will have a crucial role to play in strengthening policy in their respective countries upon their return to Africa at the end of their studies.” Karen McBride, President and CEO, CBIE
In total 44 ALT scholars, representing 29 African countries, are starting their studies in 17 universities across Canada from Corner Brook, Newfoundland to Vancouver, BC. The scholars will focus on particular aspects of public administration and public policy, based on prior work experience. This year’s scholars will focus on education, environment and health policy, public sector reform and public finance among other sectoral interests.
The 2017 cohort of ALT scholars were in Ottawa August 23 – 25 for an orientation program which included a visit to Parliament Hill. The African diplomatic community and program partners were on hand to welcome the scholars to Canada and share words of advice as the scholars begin this next step in their professional development.
The ALT Scholarship Program is funded by the government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and by the Mastercard Foundation. It is managed by CBIE in partnership with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada and in collaboration with the African Association of Public Administration and Management and the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration.