South African Students and Scholars Join Fulbright: the U.S. Government’s Flagship International Exchange Program
Microbiology, mathematics, biochemistry, international affairs, astronomy, ethnomusicology..These are just some of the many disciplines pursued by South Africans in the 2017 Fulbright Students and Scholars cohort. The U.S. Embassy’s Fulbright office hosted the 2017 class of students and scholars for a pre-departure orientation on June 23 in Sandton, as they prepare for the next step in their academic careers following a highly competitive selection process.
The world-renowned Fulbright Program provides scholarships to university graduates seeking a Master’s or Doctoral degree in nearly any field of study at a university in the United States. The National Research Foundation (NRF) is partnering with the U.S. Embassy to expand the number of participants in this year’s cohort by sponsoring graduates pursuing Doctoral degrees. Nine South Africans will pursue high-level degrees at universities throughout the U.S., including Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, throughout the next three months, six scholars will travel to the U.S. to conduct research in fields ranging from social studies to biology. Two additional South Africans will travel in the coming weeks as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow (to pursue non-degree academic study) and a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, who will teach Zulu in the U.S.
Speaking at the pre-departure orientation, Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Lapenn said, “When he founded the program, Senator Fulbright intended, ‘to bring a little more knowledge, a little more reason, and a little more compassion into world affairs and thereby to increase the chance that nations will learn at last to live in peace and friendship.’ For the South Africa class of 2017, I hope it is in fact a lot more! And that your Fulbright experiences reflect and contribute to the rich and productive relationship that is enjoyed between Americans and South Africans.”
The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Government’s flagship international education exchange program, and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. The Fulbright Program attracts the brightest talent in the world, who share a dedication to return home and make a difference through collaboration and innovation. The Fulbright Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide and, since 1953, more than 2100 South African students and scholars have pursued studies and research in the United States.
South Africans interested in applying for the Fulbright program may find more information and by following the U.S. Embassy on Facebook and Twitter at USEmbassySA, or visiting the U.S. Embassy website at https://za.usembassy.gov.
Please find photos from the seminar on Flickr at: www.flickr.com/photos/usembassysa/albums/72157685395087615.Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa.
On June 20, commencing at 6:15 p.m. for approximately 50 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Professor Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea, who was making an Official Working Visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
Following the summit meeting, a signing of exchange of notes on the provision of medical equipment (Economic and Social Development Program) took place in the presence of the two leaders. Subsequently the two leaders held a joint press occasion at which President Condé invited Prime Minister Abe to visit Guinea and the two leaders issued a joint statement between Japan and Guinea (French (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)). Prime Minister Abe then hosted a dinner where the two leaders exchanged views on a broad range of topics relating to bilateral relations, including soccer exchanges.Distributed by APO on behalf of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The United Nations Development Programme and Ministry of Environment and Forestry are organizing a conference on Climate Change, Food Insecurity, and Resilient Livelihoods to be held at Juba Grand Hotel from 28 – 29 June 2017.
The conference launch will take place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 28 June. The First Vice President H.E. Taban Deng Gai is the Guest of Honour and will preside over the opening ceremony, which will also feature welcome remarks from the Acting Minister of Environment, Honourable Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment Mr. Joseph Bartel and UNDP’s Country Director a.i. Mr. Jean Luc Stalon.
The overall objective of the conference is to engage high level stakeholders, senior leadership, and external experts to deliberate on the interlinkages between climate change, food insecurity and resilient livelihoods towards domestic preparedness on climate change adaptation. The conference will identify concrete policy and programmatic options and come up with a comprehensive Action Plan for adaptive resilience building and enhanced community preparedness.
What: Climate Change, Food Insecurity and Resilient Livelihoods Conference
When: Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 June at 9:00a.m.
Where:Juba Grand Hotel
- H.E. Taban Deng Gai, First Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan
- Hon. Onyoti Adigo Nyikwec, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
- Mr. Joseph Bartel, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry
- Prof. Mathew Udo, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
- Mr. Jean Luc Stalon, Country Director a.i, UNDP
- Mr. Serge Tissot, Country Representative, FAO
- Dr. Elliot W. Mghenyi,Senior Agricultural Economist, World Bank
- Mr. David Smith,Economist and Poverty-Environment Initiative Africa Regional Manager, UN Environment (Nairobi)
Press are requested to RSVP to cover this event: Kymberly Bays, UNDP, email@example.com and +211 954 396 893.Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Spain’s Chief of Defence Staff, Army General Fernando Alejandre Martínez, recently took time to visit the Spanish Maritime Air Detachment at their base in Djibouti. During his visit, he thanked them for their outstanding support to the European Union’s counter-piracy efforts off the coast of Somalia.
A Spanish Maritime Patrol Reconnaissance Aircraft (MPRA) has been stationed in Djibouti since Operation Atalanta was launched by the European Union in December 2008. Since that time, the aircrews have flown thousands of hours, patrolling the waters of the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden to deter and disrupt acts of piracy.
The Spanish aircrew were extremely proud to brief the General on the capabilities of their P3-C Orion aircraft and to update him on their deployment so far.Distributed by APO on behalf of EUNAVFOR Atalanta.
Foreign Minister Gabriel issued the following statement in Berlin today (22 June) on the occasion of the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, which is taking place in Kampala today and tomorrow:
“The civil war in South Sudan has forced a large part of the population to flee their homes. Around 1.9 million South Sudanese people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Uganda, the Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Congo and the Central African Republic. Over one million people have sought protection and aid in Uganda.
This makes Uganda the biggest refugee-hosting country in Africa. Uganda is a country whose population already faces great humanitarian, economic and social challenges. It is continuing to take in refugees from neighbouring countries nevertheless. They are being cared for and even integrated in Uganda with the support of international aid organisations. This model refugee policy needs our support. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Ugandan Government have therefore issued an invitation to a Solidarity Summit in Kampala. The objective is to obtain further urgently needed support from the international community.
The situation of the refugees in Uganda is closely bound up with the development of the humanitarian emergency in South Sudan. We are viewing this with great concern and have increased the Federal Government’s humanitarian assistance for South Sudan to around 90 million euros in 2017. We are using this money to support the people suffering in South Sudan and in the affected neighbouring countries, especially Uganda.
Germany will therefore support Uganda’s refugee policy with around 50 million euros, of which 14 million euros have been earmarked for humanitarian assistance and 36 million euros for development cooperation.
In view of the suffering of countless people in South Sudan and the burden that the neighbouring countries are bearing, I urgently call on the Government of South Sudan and all adversaries in the region to end their violent clashes and the serious human rights violations against the civilian population without delay. I also call on the governments in the region to support political processes seeking to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict in South Sudan.”
Uganda is the biggest refugee-hosting country in Africa having now taken in 1,270,000 refugees. Statistics published on the refugee situation around the world (Global Trends 2016), published by UNHCR on 19 June 2017, have found that Uganda is the fourth-largest refugee-hosting country in the world. It has taken in some 1,025,000 refugees from South Sudan since 2013, with the majority of that number arriving after July 2016. Aside from refugees from South Sudan, Uganda is hosting almost 320,000 refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Somalia and other countries.
Uganda’s refugee policy has a strong focus on development and is held up around the world as a model for the integration of refugees into host communities. Refugees in Uganda enjoy freedom of movement and are given land, seed and tools to help them fend for themselves. Thanks to its exemplary policy, Uganda is among the first countries to implement the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) adopted in 2016 as part of the New York Declaration. Alongside guaranteeing the rights of refugees and ensuring that they receive the humanitarian aid they need, the CRRF sets out approaches to resolving refugee situations in the long term.
Against the backdrop of the dramatic increase in the number of refugees as well as reception capacities that have been exhausted and a general reduction in the availability of land, Uganda’s refugee policy is reaching its limits. The drought in many parts of East Africa is sparking further migration to Uganda – including from Kenya.
The Federal Government is supporting the CRRF’s comprehensive approach in Uganda with development policy measures and humanitarian assistance. Our policy is helping to ensure that the causes of displacement are tackled and that the absorption capacity of countries and regions taking in refugees is strengthened.
Over the past five years, the Federal Government has increased its budget for humanitarian assistance abroad to ten times the former amount. This makes Germany the world’s second-largest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid today. The Federal Foreign Office supported humanitarian aid projects in Africa to the tune of around 1.3 billion euros in 2016. Of these funds, some 307 million euros went to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) – more than ever before.
The Federal Foreign Office’s contribution to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support South Sudanese refugees and internally displaced persons in South Sudan has been increased from an initial sum of five million to approximately 31 million euros.Distributed by APO on behalf of Germany - Federal Foreign Office.