2021 Leadership in Higher Education: Closing Remarks and Highlights
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs, Josh Davis, offers his congratulations to the fellows of the 2021 Leadership in Higher Education Program at the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture on completion of their program.
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[00:00:10.920]Hello to our friends and
colleagues at Rico. I'm Josh Davis,
[00:00:14.640]associate vice chancellor for global
affairs at the university of Nebraska.
[00:00:18.990]I want to congratulate you on completing
the leadership and higher education
[00:00:22.470]program. I hope you came away from this
experience with the new appreciation,
[00:00:27.630]for the importance and the power of
international partnerships in higher
[00:00:30.900]education. I believe that global
challenges require global solutions.
[00:00:36.180]And those are brought about
by global collaborations.
[00:00:39.390]This means that now more than ever,
[00:00:41.520]we must leverage strategic partnerships
with other academic institutions and
[00:00:46.170]organizations around the world.
[00:00:47.970]In order to advance the missions of
our institutions during the program
[00:00:52.860]you learned from higher education
leaders, across cultures,
[00:00:56.160]about the core competencies and knowledge
areas and necessary to become an
[00:01:02.100]I want to challenge you now to
put what you've learned to use.
[00:01:06.000]The essence of leadership
is the willingness to act.
[00:01:09.300]This means that no matter your
formal role in institution,
[00:01:12.660]you can be a leader by taking action.
[00:01:15.870]So maybe this looks like identifying a
potential solution to a challenge that
[00:01:19.620]wreak is facing or being
the one to raise your hand,
[00:01:22.500]to volunteer for a critical task
that just has to be done as a senior
[00:01:28.350]I've observed that this willingness
to step forward and take action
[00:01:32.940]combined with an entrepreneurial approach
to problem solving and ability to
[00:01:37.380]create and nurture partnerships
is what makes people effective
[00:01:42.000]global leaders in higher
education, across cultures,
[00:01:46.050]you all are really well
positioned to become such leaders.
[00:01:49.350]And I can't wait to see the big things
coming out of Rica in the future.
[00:01:53.340]Congratulations, once again.
[00:02:15.840]The value I see in such a program is it
[00:02:20.460]prepares leaders to take me to
she probes leadership is, uh,
[00:02:25.430]is, is a profession. It's
not something you just do.
[00:02:30.270]And no leader is trained
in academic institution,
[00:02:34.230]no leader qualified with a motto,
[00:02:37.170]speaking a PhD because
they need to be grown.
[00:02:40.920]The job develop on the job.
[00:02:42.900]One way of developing thing is helping
them push through such and such program.
[00:02:48.450]And this would prepare to them to take,
[00:02:50.670]to tackle the problems they are facing
every day and give them solutions to
[00:02:56.070]a better position.
[00:03:02.020]we did get to design the cohort so that
there was representation from a variety
[00:03:05.860]of units across Rico's campus.
[00:03:08.320]So we have representation
from the academic side.
[00:03:11.230]We have representation
from student affairs.
[00:03:13.360]We also have representation
from external relations.
[00:03:35.110]LHD is coming to support us to
help us to understand more about,
[00:03:39.340]even though we have that in
our plant to underestimate,
[00:03:42.280]how do we work with our stakeholders?
How do we make sure that our students,
[00:03:49.270]understanding what is the
challenges the entrepreneurship is
[00:03:53.980]facing within Rhonda is
especially in agriculture.
[00:03:57.670]I'm really hoping that, um,
[00:03:59.890]if I'm given the opportunity to
be a leader in higher education,
[00:04:03.820]I will be able to connect well, um,
[00:04:06.250]with my team to be able
to have this high, um,
[00:04:11.230]high level vision of the Institute
or the path I'm leading and how to
[00:04:16.090]drive it forward,
[00:04:17.500]but also to be able to draw from this
trend of everyone I work with and from
[00:04:22.360]different units into destitution and be
able to draw from the strength of each
[00:04:26.740]one of those,
[00:04:27.760]to be able to help me drive the change
that I hope to bring to that institution.
[00:05:05.890]I think the value of a program like
this, the human-centric design workshop,
[00:05:11.380]it's really given leaders,
[00:05:14.590]the confidence and the resources to
solve some of the very difficult problems
[00:05:19.090]that they have to deal with.
[00:05:21.040]Well, I've learned that, uh,
[00:05:23.600]still key stakeholders are key people.
[00:05:28.120]Who would you work together
for achieving your objectives?
[00:05:32.050]So how do I talk to them?
[00:05:34.450]How do I listen to them for
me to be able to turn them
[00:05:39.130]contribute properly or any way that I
need your contribution to be what to
[00:05:44.080]be supporting my objectives.
[00:05:45.850]You know, that to be an effective
leader and be able to drive change,
[00:05:51.070]we need to learn as much as
push to go about the different
[00:05:55.690]units of the institution and the
[00:06:00.050]individuals making those units.
[00:06:02.330]So anyone that you need to contribute
to driving the change is a person you
[00:06:07.070]should know about what is the
benefits to the, of this program.
[00:06:11.870]What's that going to bring to the program
or the activity that you are looking
[00:06:17.000]And then be open to bringing it
into the discussion at the beginning
[00:06:21.860]of planning for the program,
but also to listen to.
[00:06:37.040]The LSG program was broad enough
for everyone to have something.
[00:06:42.260]There was something new
and inspiring for everyone.
[00:06:45.350]They self-awareness projects,
design, or even resource management.
[00:06:50.690]The lessons learned from lag will be
especially important as the institution
[00:06:55.070]grows. And as we need to continue to
align with our mission and values.
[00:07:01.200]Uh, key takeaways from this unit,
[00:07:04.410]but the major ones I can speak about,
uh, to do with universities, uh,
[00:07:09.900]how you should approach the student. Um,
[00:07:13.740]I fit the experience
from the us university,
[00:07:16.800]where they start by clearly
defining their graduate profile.
[00:07:20.820]So what are the competencies that
they want to see in their graduates?
[00:07:26.010]Um, I mean, uh, what are the
values they want? And these, uh,
[00:07:30.630]clearly informs what their
curriculum should look like,
[00:07:35.310]and they are co-curricular activities
and extracurricular activities.
[00:07:44.700]It is important to look as
a student beyond the class,
[00:07:49.500]you know, not only focusing on academic,
[00:07:52.530]you look at what
influences student success,
[00:07:56.790]starting with the family environment,
you know, student mental health,
[00:08:02.130]you know, peer influence,
um, probably, you know,
[00:08:07.050]the environment of the university.
[00:08:16.890]Doing education for educators who are
just so eager and hungry to learn and grow
[00:08:21.720]and make the impact that
they want to make. Um,
[00:08:24.390]through leading and higher education
has just been super rewarding.
[00:08:27.840]And to do that in a cross-cultural
context where we're pulling upon different
[00:08:32.820]both from Wanda and other parts of the
world has just been a super rewarding
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