Closing Ceremony: University Partnerships & Exchange Rwanda Program
Leadership, program partners and fellows of the University Partnerships & Exchange (UPEX) Rwanda Program celebrate the completion of the program with warm remarks and reflections.
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- [00:00:07.380][Captions Auto-Generated] Greetings from the university of Nebraska and welcome to the closing ceremony of
- [00:00:11.910]the university partnership
and exchange program.
- [00:00:15.240]Nebraska was proud to host the UPX
program and it was a privilege to connect
- [00:00:19.470]with leaders from top
universities in Rwanda.
- [00:00:22.620]Do you PEX fellows demonstrated resiliency
as the world navigated challenges
- [00:00:27.240]related to COVID-19. They were great
ambassadors for their universities.
- [00:00:32.130]As they engage with content experts
from a number of higher education
- [00:00:35.790]institutions and organizations
in the United States and Africa,
- [00:00:40.260]this virtual ceremony is dedicated
to their accomplishments.
- [00:00:44.250]Before we begin,
- [00:00:45.600]I would like to thank our partners
at the U S embassy in Kigali,
- [00:00:49.080]especially Jotto Haki Ramana
and Fonda Kimpton at Berkshire.
- [00:00:52.710]Wanda Nebraska also appreciates the
content experts from a number of
- [00:00:57.390]universities in the United States and
Africa that contributed to the training
- [00:01:03.510]content experts from the big 10 academic
Alliance represented the university of
- [00:01:08.340]Iowa Northwestern university
and Michigan state university.
- [00:01:12.720]Nebraska was also privileged to engage
with colleagues from the university of
- [00:01:17.550]Kansas state university and the university
of Arkansas Clinton school of public
- [00:01:22.200]service. Additionally,
- [00:01:24.360]we would like to thank our colleagues
from the African leadership university for
- [00:01:28.560]your guidance and contributions.
- [00:01:30.960]This program would not have been a
success without each of your investment
- [00:01:35.940]and effort.
- [00:01:37.740]We will now hear from our colleagues
at the U S embassy in Kigali and bird
- [00:01:46.680]my name is Jamie drag and I'm the deputy
public affairs officer at the embassy
- [00:01:51.030]of the United States to the Republic of
Rwanda making connections between two
- [00:01:55.470]organizations or institutions can be
difficult in the best of times and
- [00:01:59.520]developing organizational relationships
with the two parties are different
- [00:02:02.850]countries is an even greater challenge.
- [00:02:05.850]The university partnership initiative
has created a cohort of international
- [00:02:09.600]education leaders in Rwanda that
possessed the knowledge and skills to
- [00:02:14.130]initiate and foster new partnerships
between Rwanda and U S educational
- [00:02:18.450]institutions did the 10 fellows that
were trained in this initiative.
- [00:02:22.800]And you are now in power.
- [00:02:24.210]That's the future of
administrators in the U S mission
- [00:02:28.860]to Kigali is committed to supporting and
expanding partnerships between colleges
- [00:02:33.510]and universities in Rwanda and the United
States international partnerships in
- [00:02:38.140]higher education opportunities and
benefits to both American and Rwandan
- [00:02:43.560]I congratulate each of you on completing
the program and hope to hear if many
- [00:02:47.400]future educational partnerships that
are born from the synergies that have
- [00:02:51.030]already started. Thank you.
- [00:03:07.810]Hi, my name is Dale Dawson. I'm the
founder and CEO of Bridgestone Rwanda,
- [00:03:12.670]and I'm a member of president [inaudible]
presidential advisory council.
- [00:03:17.230]I want to congratulate all of the
UPX fellows on their successful
- [00:03:22.000]completion of the program. This year.
- [00:03:25.900]Also want to remind you
that a hallmark of Rwanda's
- [00:03:30.880]fast development of the last two
decades is the deliberate and
- [00:03:35.680]relentless effort by Rwanda's leaders,
- [00:03:39.280]both in the government and in the private
sector and the social sector to build
- [00:03:43.840]Rwanda's global network of friends.
- [00:03:47.140]You should remember that Rwanda has one
of the most inspiring stories in the
- [00:03:53.020]and when people hear
that story and they are,
- [00:03:57.700]many of them are compelled
to get involved and to help
- [00:04:03.010]as an ambassador and a representative
of Rwanda and the universities.
- [00:04:08.680]You have a great opportunity
to share the story of
- [00:04:13.630]Rwanda and as universities
with universities and higher
- [00:04:18.370]education supporters all over the world.
- [00:04:21.760]I want to challenge you to
use what you've learned in the
- [00:04:26.590]UPX program this year to work together,
- [00:04:30.790]to work with your
friends around the world,
- [00:04:32.860]and to build your own network of
friends in order to advance the
- [00:04:37.450]universities in Rwanda and to
make higher education in Rwanda,
- [00:04:42.400]a new standard for Africa. Good luck.
- [00:04:46.180]And God bless as you start this adventure.
- [00:04:54.940]Alright. The participants,
- [00:04:56.770]all of the universities
professional exchange program,
- [00:05:00.190]my name is [inaudible]
faculty for entrepreneurship.
- [00:05:04.960]I need international business and trade
at the African leadership university
- [00:05:08.350]and, uh, e-commerce programs lead. Uh,
- [00:05:11.530]it was certainly a pleasure to collaborate
with you all, to work with you,
- [00:05:15.790]to facilitate workshops and to coach
you, as you went through that program.
- [00:05:20.290]I think such a program is
feeding as education continues
- [00:05:25.210]to evolve, especially at
the higher education level,
- [00:05:29.020]and there are many problems to be solved.
- [00:05:31.390]So you all coming together
across different institutions
to think about ways to
- [00:05:36.370]so this problems and to,
- [00:05:38.640]to increase the effectiveness
of your institutions.
- [00:05:42.400]I was certainly a delight to see,
- [00:05:44.650]and I want to encourage that you keep
being on the edge of improving the quality
- [00:05:49.210]of education, especially higher education,
right? And I want to say as well,
- [00:05:54.070]we have the opportunity to do
the centered design workshop
- [00:05:59.810]I love that many of you enjoy
that process of actually creating
- [00:06:05.000]for the user, which is
a student in this case.
- [00:06:08.300]And I believe as long as we as
educators and you'll continue to put the
- [00:06:13.070]learner at the center of
the innovation process,
- [00:06:16.940]we won't get it wrong with education. Um,
- [00:06:19.280]rather we will continue to unlock
more opportunities to skill quality
- [00:06:23.540]education, because what we're going to
have after all is going to be the learn.
- [00:06:28.490]Now, um, after all is said and done,
- [00:06:30.770]the methods might change or
have the learner. So once again,
- [00:06:33.500]congratulations on being
part of this amazing program.
- [00:06:36.830]And I wish you all the
best as you continue to
collaborate across the citizens
- [00:06:40.670]and borders. Do you collectively our view,
- [00:06:43.140]the future of quality
education? Thank you.
- [00:06:46.820]Thanks to me.
- [00:06:47.720]And I also enjoyed getting to know
you all and participating in the human
- [00:06:51.740]centered design workshop as
part of the new pecs program.
- [00:06:55.160]And it was really exciting to see some
of the problems that each of you are
- [00:06:58.700]finding and your respective space and
the ways in which you tried to use this
- [00:07:02.150]program to come up with creative solutions
and building your grant proposals.
- [00:07:06.950]we really are excited about the ways in
which you were exposed to human centered
- [00:07:10.430]design as Demi shared in terms of
keeping your user in the center of any
- [00:07:14.450]solution that you possibly might
design for your universities. Uh,
- [00:07:19.310]I also think this program
is really powerful because
I do think partnerships are
- [00:07:23.480]such a key part of
problem solving as well.
- [00:07:25.670]When we have more minds together to solve
respective problems across cultures.
- [00:07:30.080]I think there's a lot more potential for
us to come up with creative solutions.
- [00:07:33.620]So congratulations,
- [00:07:34.880]my inspirational message
is to keep solving problems
with curiosity, creativity,
- [00:07:39.830]and confidence, and good luck to you
at the completion of the program.
- [00:07:44.420]Greetings fellows, I'm Amy Jamieson,
- [00:07:46.580]co-director of the Alliance for African
partnership based at Michigan state
- [00:07:49.910]university in east Lansing, Michigan.
- [00:07:52.640]It has been my privilege to participate
as a mentor in the UPX program.
- [00:07:56.540]And I have really enjoyed
interacting with my mentees,
- [00:07:59.840]as well as the rest of the
fellows throughout your journey.
- [00:08:03.110]Congratulations to all of you on your
initial selection and then for your
- [00:08:06.740]accomplishments and
completing the program.
- [00:08:09.680]It has been really exciting to see the
engagement of fellows and to learn about
- [00:08:13.220]the leadership.
- [00:08:13.970]Each of you are taking to
efforts within your own
- [00:08:19.820]I was energized by the discussions that
came out of the mentorship sessions and
- [00:08:23.990]the learning that took
place across institutions,
- [00:08:26.990]both in Rwanda and in
the U S congratulations
- [00:08:31.880]also to the university of Nebraska Lincoln
for their leadership on this program
- [00:08:36.620]and for their long-term commitment
to partnership with Rwanda and higher
- [00:08:39.740]education institutions.
- [00:08:41.840]The Alliance for African partnership
looks forward to seeking ways to continue
- [00:08:45.710]this collaboration with Rwanda,
- [00:08:48.110]the university of Nebraska Lincoln and
the other mentoring institutions in the
- [00:08:52.610]future. Uh,
- [00:08:54.290]Hardy congratulations on behalf
of AAP for a job well done.
- [00:08:59.520]Hi everyone. It's Nicola driver from
the Clinton school of public service.
- [00:09:03.780]I just wanted to give you
a quick shout out and say,
- [00:09:07.830]congratulations. And it's been,
- [00:09:10.740]it was such a pleasure
working with you all, um,
- [00:09:14.160]on the program evaluation workshop,
- [00:09:16.170]where we learned about logic models and
evaluation questions and indicators,
- [00:09:20.790]and I hope you all have had, um,
- [00:09:23.790]a great experience so far with
the program and that you have
- [00:09:28.590]found, uh, the skills valuable and useful.
- [00:09:32.070]So congratulations again.
- [00:09:34.170]Hi, this is Dr. Elaine Johannes
at Kansas state university,
- [00:09:37.920]and I'm in front of Anderson
hall here at our university,
- [00:09:41.100]which is our administration,
- [00:09:43.050]and it is a building that's over a
hundred years old, a lot of tradition,
- [00:09:47.970]and a lot of great people
have passed this way.
- [00:09:50.820]And a lot of great people have
passed the way through Nebraska,
- [00:09:54.270]the university of Nebraska,
- [00:09:55.590]which was the sponsor for
the Rwanda and fellow UPX for
- [00:10:01.110]And I'm so appreciative of being
involved with each of the fellows being
- [00:10:05.460]involved with the UPX program.
And I wish you all well,
- [00:10:09.780]congratulations to all of the fellows,
completing your grant proposal,
- [00:10:14.700]as well as learning a
lot about grant skills.
- [00:10:17.400]I look forward to working with you in
the future and carry on and do good work.
- [00:10:22.830]Hello friends.
- [00:10:23.460]My name is Russ Ghanim and I'm associate
provost and Dean of international
- [00:10:26.700]programs at the university
of Iowa. Just one of the,
- [00:10:29.430]to say what a privilege it was for
me to be part of the apex program.
- [00:10:33.300]I deeply enjoyed the collaboration
with our friends in Rwanda and in the
- [00:10:37.500]United States special,
thanks, go to Blaine,
- [00:10:40.620]sharp for keeping us all
together and coordinating things.
- [00:10:44.520]I'd also like to extend my
gratitude to my mentees,
- [00:10:48.150]which will include Vistage and DDA CN, uh,
- [00:10:51.600]for all of their collegiality and
professionalism. I learned a lot from you.
- [00:10:56.640]I believe in what you're doing, and
I'm here to support you moving forward.
- [00:11:00.840]My hope is that we can see each other
one day either in Rwanda or in the
- [00:11:04.380]United States in any event, let's keep
the conversation going. Thank you.
- [00:11:14.550]Hello to our friends and colleagues
in Rwanda. I'm Josh Davis,
- [00:11:18.390]associate vice chancellor for global
affairs at the university of Nebraska.
- [00:11:22.680]I want to congratulate the apex scholars
on completing the leadership and higher
- [00:11:26.370]education program.
- [00:11:28.230]And thank the us embassy in Kigali for
the opportunity to lead this program.
- [00:11:32.760]Thanks also to bridge to Rwanda for their
support and administering activities
- [00:11:36.750]on the ground.
- [00:11:38.520]Our hope is that participants came
away from this experience with a new
- [00:11:42.240]appreciation for the importance and the
power of international partnerships in
- [00:11:46.380]higher education.
- [00:11:48.240]Nebraska was excited to connect you PEX
participants with content experts from
- [00:11:53.290]the big 10 academic Alliance and other
partners from leading public universities
- [00:11:57.520]in the United States.
- [00:11:59.260]These experts offered insights into
best practices to develop and lead
- [00:12:03.460]international partnerships.
During the program.
- [00:12:06.970]These participants learn
from higher education leaders
across cultures about the
- [00:12:11.020]core competencies and knowledge areas
necessary to become an effective
- [00:12:14.890]administrator to the
scholars that participated.
- [00:12:18.760]I want to challenge you now to
put what you've learned to use.
- [00:12:22.450]The essence of leadership
is the willingness to act.
- [00:12:25.540]This means that no matter your
formal role in an institution,
- [00:12:28.810]you can be a leader by taking action.
- [00:12:31.480]Maybe this looks like
identifying a potential solution
to a challenge that your
- [00:12:35.470]institution is facing or
being the, to raise your hand,
- [00:12:38.770]to volunteer for that critical task.
- [00:12:40.480]That just has to be done as a
senior international officer.
- [00:12:44.620]I've observed that this willingness to
step forward and take action combined
- [00:12:49.510]with an entrepreneurial approach to
problem solving and an ability to create
- [00:12:54.520]and nurture partnerships
and collaborations is
really what it takes to be
- [00:12:58.750]effective in this kind of role.
- [00:13:01.390]You all are well positioned
to become such leaders.
- [00:13:04.150]And I can't wait to see the big things
that you'll do for your universities in
- [00:13:08.230]the future.
- [00:13:10.000]The U pegs fellows invested significant
time over the last year to connect with
- [00:13:14.920]mentors and training materials
that highlighted best
practices and international
- [00:13:20.830]They studied applied research and
participated in a number of workshops on
- [00:13:25.390]managing international
partnerships through this effort,
- [00:13:29.230]each of the UPX fellows develop their
professional skills as leaders at this
- [00:13:34.840]please join me in recognizing the
accomplishments of each of the
- [00:13:39.400]UPX fellows.
- [00:13:42.610]So my name's Jennifer,
- [00:13:44.980]I'm the head of software engineering
department at Adventist university of
- [00:13:49.690]central Africa, Africa,
American universities should,
uh, consider working with,
- [00:13:54.340]uh, rundown universities, uh,
because, uh, first of all,
- [00:13:58.210]I'll say that [inaudible]
willing to learn. Uh, yeah,
- [00:14:02.600]so Rwandans can really
benefit a lot from that.
- [00:14:07.420]Uh, another thing is that,
um, Rwanda is a secured, uh,
- [00:14:11.830]country. So, uh, the country
is so secure in that, um,
- [00:14:16.510]working with them, uh, uh,
we'll be, will be easy. Uh,
- [00:14:21.220]another thing is that, uh,
Rwanda is, um, like open to, uh,
- [00:14:26.230]global opportunities and it's well
positioned in that global market
- [00:14:31.240]in that, uh, uh, Rhonda is ready to, um,
- [00:14:35.800]have foreigners come
into the country and, um,
- [00:14:40.150]to help Rwandans, um, um, um,
- [00:14:44.290]to help run and maybe expand their, um,
- [00:14:48.790]that knowledge.
- [00:14:51.800]Um, uh,
- [00:14:54.290]I'm working on the politically at Britain
- [00:15:00.260]college where, um,
- [00:15:11.630]uh, technology,
- [00:15:14.540]the senior international officer as I've
- [00:15:19.040]seen is the person always wanting to
- [00:15:23.990]take those partnerships in third at 12 big
- [00:15:32.930]and the other state and local,
they can be international.
- [00:15:38.150]They can leave probably agencies.
- [00:15:41.180]And I find that it is a very
important role and they,
- [00:15:45.560]we saw it in universities.
Also can have those people,
- [00:15:49.400]every country has some
histories because each time
- [00:15:56.180]it's on its own priorities.
- [00:16:00.740]And of course we are
different levels of, uh,
- [00:16:06.230]technology, uh,
- [00:16:07.250]different levels of [inaudible]
- [00:16:13.810]Science or social scientific DVDs.
- [00:16:18.460]So those partnerships are very
important. People say, I won't,
- [00:16:23.230]while they're sharing,
- [00:16:25.930]I went to all those countries
to share all they have.
- [00:16:29.800][Inaudible], uh,
- [00:16:33.340]I work for the university of Rwanda and
the [inaudible] a division manager in
- [00:16:37.840]charge of, or resource
memorization and more
- [00:16:42.930]federal. And this project
to the team, we are,
- [00:16:46.270]we are well walking on
the bridge to Rwanda.
- [00:16:49.960]We learned too that having
international office, uh,
- [00:16:53.320]for the university is very helpful
because it creates connection with other
- [00:16:58.210]international universities,
higher education institutions,
- [00:17:01.450]and other global partners.
- [00:17:03.070]So the university of Rwanda has
an existing and operational, uh,
- [00:17:07.480]international office. The international
office is evaluative Anthony Twanda,
- [00:17:12.340]uh, it is creating green
cages. Uh, we will [inaudible],
- [00:17:17.080]it creates it in cages with other
institutions. And then from there,
- [00:17:21.760]we're able to write some successful
grants that we manage with some foreign
- [00:17:25.780]institutions, as well as 14 universities,
- [00:17:28.960]and have even going beyond
that. Uh, we started, uh,
- [00:17:32.320]partnering with institutions to
ensure that they can also establish an
- [00:17:36.870]international office for
which we kind of leverage on.
- [00:17:40.570]And for more as strong,
a global partnership with
other foreign institutions.
- [00:17:47.300][Inaudible], I'm working.
- [00:17:49.560]With the Adventist university of
central Africa in Kigali Rwanda.
- [00:17:53.490]I'm walking here as the director
of marketing and communication.
- [00:17:57.780]Now for the universities in Rwanda,
- [00:17:59.250]we need these things and you
needed to think outside the box and
- [00:18:04.320]lend to share SPS with
others, learn from others,
- [00:18:07.590]what they're doing in the way they
send me, they can also learn from us,
- [00:18:11.910]but partners, partnerships are very
important, especially in this age.
- [00:18:16.950]No, we are in like,
- [00:18:19.320]the world is dynamic and now it's the
trends are that no one can live for
- [00:18:23.940]himself in decision. They
cannot stand only for itself.
- [00:18:27.930]So it's a trend that we have
now that had to be working with
- [00:18:32.430]others. Learning is Shakespeare
learning, Chinese peers,
- [00:18:36.300]and also working together
to see that the decisions
- [00:18:41.310]profile is at least a
Swede that the profile
- [00:18:46.260]of the incisions meets the
trends, the current trends.
- [00:18:51.570]So this is why, this is why I say we
need this more and you need to work
- [00:18:57.690]day after day to see that we have more of
- [00:19:02.770]more of the, more of
the global partnerships.
- [00:19:07.170]My name is [inaudible].
- [00:19:09.960]I hold a PhD in electrical engineering
from the university of Cape town.
- [00:19:15.420]I'm currently a technology
innovation editor, director,
- [00:19:19.000]property analyst at the national council
for science and technology in Rhonda.
- [00:19:24.270]However, I'm also a,
- [00:19:26.280][inaudible] at the university
of Rwanda where I teach in the
- [00:19:31.200]department of computer
and software engineering.
- [00:19:34.230]And I also teach in the African center
of excellence in internet of things.
- [00:19:38.730]One of the most valuable lesson
I learned from the apex program
- [00:19:43.740]is about the grant writing skills,
- [00:19:46.950]where they taught us how to write
grant proposals. And in that,
- [00:19:51.720]uh, listen,
- [00:19:53.850]I managed to write a proposal
from scratch myself and I
- [00:19:58.770]also learnt tips on how to
write the grant proposals
- [00:20:02.890]specifically on the monitoring
and evaluation section. We, uh,
- [00:20:08.220]one of my mentor and my
trainee has told the,
- [00:20:11.810]told me how to write, uh,
monitoring and evaluation,
- [00:20:15.510]using metrics metrics,
- [00:20:18.000]where we have to define
indicators and how to, uh,
- [00:20:22.620]monitor those indicators.
- [00:20:24.210]So that one has also helped
me to write a grant proposal,
- [00:20:29.070]which I submitted to us embassy.
- [00:20:31.920]And I was very happy that our proposal
was successful so that it was selected
- [00:20:36.570]for funding 80. Now we have started
implementation of that project.
- [00:20:50.530]Um, there is Muranga, um, uh,
- [00:20:52.810]OPEX fellow working for the
university of Rwanda and, um,
- [00:20:57.820]um, internationalization specialist.
- [00:21:00.730]I quite learned a lot in
Julian, the OPEX program,
- [00:21:04.510]but my most interesting lesson was the
- [00:21:09.130]partnership negotiation.
- [00:21:11.500]It was a course that was offered by Dr.
- [00:21:14.890]Michelle and UK to learn a
lot in terms of how we should
- [00:21:19.480]negotiate with our partners.
- [00:21:21.610]How do we attract patterns
from different part of
- [00:21:26.500]the world, that one is
going to help us. And, uh,
- [00:21:30.310]I think we are not going to
have [inaudible] that are just
- [00:21:34.630]dormant, that are not active.
- [00:21:37.180]It's going to help us to have the,
- [00:21:39.990]the MOS that we can implement
the MOU that, uh, you know,
- [00:21:44.710]um, align with our mandate,
- [00:21:47.650]but also the Mo that I want to help
our country and the university in
- [00:21:53.470]My name is a somewhat reasonable manner.
- [00:21:56.290]I am fundraising and industry
relations specialist here at the
- [00:22:01.270]university of Rwanda.
- [00:22:03.190]There are international orifice that
the university like universal Wanda
- [00:22:08.920]are about ensuring that
the university engage,
- [00:22:13.690]engage, and collaborate
with the outside world.
- [00:22:18.370]And I mean,
- [00:22:18.860]the task is networking and partnerships in
- [00:22:23.410]negotiation. Uh,
- [00:22:25.300]another is follow up on
or palate generalization
- [00:22:29.890]of existing agreements.
- [00:22:32.590]You do monitoring and evaluation
of the implementation of the
- [00:22:37.240]existing agreements.
- [00:22:40.240]Um, Dr. [inaudible], um,
- [00:22:44.280]the activity data of the URL
set of postgraduate studies.
- [00:22:47.890]I'm also a lecturer in the crop
sensor department of the corner
- [00:22:52.810]of agriculture and veterinary
medicine, global partnership.
- [00:22:56.800]It's something that is very
important for the university,
- [00:22:59.380]the university of Rwanda,
because true partnership,
- [00:23:01.960]we are working with other universities.
Um, we can do, for example,
- [00:23:06.430]exchange of students who
will send our students there.
- [00:23:09.490]And they have students who can come here.
- [00:23:12.100]We can work together on a
proposal proposal that will
generate also incomes to
- [00:23:16.780]the university of Rwanda.
And also we, we have,
- [00:23:20.300][inaudible] not only
X percent of students,
- [00:23:24.520]but also staff. We're
doing an exchange of stuff,
- [00:23:28.450]and we can implement many projects
through those, uh, um, the partnership.
- [00:23:33.190]So it's really something that is very
important for the university of Wanda and
- [00:23:37.180]for the staff and for
this to data as well.
- [00:23:41.290]The dossier you stash, Jennifer Ferdinand,
- [00:23:45.710]JC Samuel Darious, Jamali, and Noella.
Congratulations on your growth.
- [00:23:55.700]Congratulations on your
ideas on your networking.
- [00:23:59.600]Congratulations on the relationships
that you have built over the last year.
- [00:24:05.150]The goal of all of this has been
partnerships and exchange to
- [00:24:10.100]things that are not finite,
- [00:24:12.170]but we'll continue to grow and
expand over the years to come.
- [00:24:16.280]And what you have poured
in over this last year,
- [00:24:19.730]I know began to be more and more fruitful
over the years of speaking to you,
- [00:24:25.160]both personally and professionally,
you have grown and I have as well.
- [00:24:29.750]And I want to thank you for that.
I've learned new ways to share ideas,
- [00:24:34.640]new ways to communicate and new
ways to solve issues just by working
- [00:24:39.590]together with you. And
I know that together,
- [00:24:42.440]we've done that in a way that
will make us better in the future,
- [00:24:47.510]the commitment and the discipline that
you have to put into the last 10 or 11
- [00:24:51.920]months of this project
have been outstanding.
- [00:24:55.340]And we appreciated it greatly. We've
definitely had some challenges,
- [00:25:00.080]but that commitment and discipline has
built a strong foundation for how you
- [00:25:04.940]can move forward in your fellowship
together as a team together,
- [00:25:09.530]networking and continuing
to build partnerships,
- [00:25:12.800]not only here in your small group,
- [00:25:15.650]but globally and
internationally with others,
- [00:25:18.440]that you've met people that you've
worked with over the last year,
- [00:25:24.380]This fellowship I know will
continue to build and grow.
- [00:25:28.340]And I think the one thing
that I'm most proud of,
- [00:25:32.270]and the thing that I want to honor you
for is the time that you've put in that
- [00:25:36.890]will influence it, impact the
students that we all work to serve.
- [00:25:46.970]This concludes our
closing ceremony. Again,
- [00:25:50.480]congratulations to our UPX fellows.
- [00:25:53.750]Please know that you are members
of Nebraska's global community.
- [00:25:58.310]We wish you all the best and
look forward to your successes.
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