Our Post-Secondary Student at The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Programme!

09 Oct Our Post-Secondary Student at The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Programme!

The Crossroads Emerging Leaders Programme is an annual week-long programme hosted in Dubai, allowing deserving university students from Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia to obtain invaluable exposure to the Harvard faculty, its programme, and initiatives. In partnership with the Lakshi Mittal South Asia Institute and the Harvard Business School Club of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Programme allows emerging leaders from the greater region to access Harvard courses and training modules all taught by Harvard professors across the disciplines of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and pure Science.

In September 2018, 71 students took part in the programme from 24 countries. As one of only 3 students from South Africa, we are very excited that a Tomorrow Trust beneficiary, Silindelo Gwala, made it through the grueling application process and was afforded this unique opportunity to travel to Dubai and take part in the 2018 programme. As a first-generation, the second year Bachelor of Accounting Science student, from Impendle in Kwazulu-Natal, Silindelo had never been on an airplane or traveled outside of South Africa before leaving for Dubai.

In reflecting on his experience Silindelo said, “In the lectures, we learned everything from how ordinary people were turning industries upside down to the power of machine learning and the innovation that comes from crowdsourcing. We stepped into the shoes of leaders across the world in conflict and brainstormed steps we would have taken in these situations and much more. Mentors who had made it in their respective fields took time to share their wisdom with us and answer our questions. We also spent time at various companies getting a little insight into the way they worked. The learning did not stop here. Deep meaningful conversations with fellow students taught me a lot about the situation in other countries and how struggles are very much the same across borders. I would like to just say a big thank you to Tomorrow Trust and everyone else involved in making this opportunity possible for me. None of this would have been possible without you and the experience really was life changing in every way”.

Tomorrow Trust would like to thank the team behind the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Programme, and we look forward to having more students attend the programme in the years to come.