Nasra Hussein Hassan and Edna Kawira Mutua, both students at JKUAT’s Mombasa based Campus have won scholarships to represent the University at the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Women’s Leadership Programme in the United States of America.
The two won the scholarships after emerging top in the SUSI Women Leadership online competition alongside other young women across the globe.
The programme targeted young women leaders between 18 and 25 years of age serving in positions of leadership in their institutions. Given the leadership opportunities that SUSI had availed, the two submitted their applications to the highly competitive process and emerged victorious, joining another two ladies from Kenya.
SUSI’s for student leaders is an intensive short-term academic programme whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week study will consist of a series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.
Nasra Hussein, a Fourth year student pursuing Bachelor of Science Public Health said she was eager to interact with like-minded women like “Justine Cassell” who share common interests in servant leadership, critical thinking, decision making, feminism and human rights among others.
“I hope that being among successful women in the industry will motivate me to pursue my dreams of being a successful leader. SUSI is known for diversity and I intend to learn their motivation and journey while also learning about my passion, strengths and weakness,” said Nasra.
Edna Kawira Mutua, a Fourth year Bachelor of Commerce, Finance student stated that it is now their responsibility to put Africa on the map saying the forum is an avenue for creating global visibility of JKUAT and Africa as a whole.
The two students are under the mentorship of Dr. Fridah Simba, the director JKUAT Mombasa Campus.
On her part, Dr. Fridah Simba, the director of the Mombasa Campus, and mentor of the two students urged them to aim even higher saying they not only represent JKUAT but all the women with a keen interest on leadership.
She pointed out that the scholarships won by JKUAT, being the highest in number in any East African Universities, only enhances the University’s image as a leading institution in training, research, innovations and entrepreneurship at the global stage.