LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA – Dr. Robert R. Jennings, the 13th President of The Lincoln University, has been selected as one of 10 Presidents and Chancellors from American colleges and universities to participate in Project Interchange (PI) from June 29 through July 7, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee.
Since 1982, Project Interchange, which covers meals, travel and lodging, has brought more than 6,000 of the world’s most influential voices to Israel from more than 72 countries, including elected officials, senior policy makers, university presidents, print and broadcast journalists, clergy, energy and water experts, senior medical officials, Rhodes scholars, student body presidents and campus editors for a week of intensive travel and learning on the most complex issues facing Israeli society.
“I am excited about this educational venture,” said President Jennings. “I believe it will help me in promoting The Lincoln University, the nation’s premier and first degree-granting institution for persons of African descent in the world, and may lead to partnerships that we might not otherwise establish.”
The program, tailored to the interests and concerns of American university and college chancellors and presidents, will encompass discussions that examine the US-Israel relationship and the conflicts plaguing the region at a time when many American college and university campuses are dedicating much attention to the conflicts and pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
A component of the visit will also explore academic and student exchanges, research collaboration and tech transfer. Critical themes include understanding the breadth of Israel’s culture, society and media, community and university leaders.
Participants also experience Israeli society, connect with their Israeli counterparts and learn about Israel’s extensive contributions in their fields.
Alumni of this seminar include President Donna E. Shalala of the University of Miami, President David J. Skorton of Cornell University, and President Mark Yudof of the University of California, among many other esteemed colleagues.
The Lincoln University, founded in 1854 as the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), combines the elements of a liberal arts and science-based undergraduate curriculum along with select graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly-technological and global society. Today, the University enrolls a diverse student body of approximately 2,000 men and women. Internationally recognized for preparing and producing world class leaders such as Thurgood Marshall, the first African American U.S. Supreme Court Justice, Lillian Fishburne, the first African American woman promoted to Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, Langston Hughes, the noted poet, Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana and Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria.
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