Mr. Peter Charles Mwidima, Assistant Director of Human Resources at St. Augustine University in Mwanza, will visit the United States from October 31 through November 18 to participate in the “Challenges in Higher Education” International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP). The program will be held in Washington D.C, and the states of Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, Oregon, and Georgia.
St. Augustine hosts over 500 faculty members and 14,000 students, and an American Corner which opened in 2009. Mr. Mwidima earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the university’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, and previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer and Public Relations Officer.
The program will offer an overview of higher education needs and responsibilities, and the relationships between U.S. institutions and their communities. Participants will discuss a wide range of topics, including international academic exchanges, degree equivalences, accreditation, student aid, admissions, counseling services, curriculum planning, and infrastructure development. Mr. Mwidima noted one of his objectives is to increase support from St. Augustine University alumni to contribute towards the institution’s future. “We seek to establish among our alumni a sense of responsibility and commitment to become stakeholders in our university’s success through their increased support, be it through financial aid or giving back of their time and talent to our current student population.”