The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation (USUF) has been tasked with administering 13 Open World delegations from Ukraine this year. Four Open World groups are being organized for this fall.
Each group is composed of six young professionals who visit the U.S. for 11 days, two days in Washington, DC, and then family-hosted in a U.S. community for the remainder of the trip.
The Open World Leadership Center sponsors the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet space. The cultural/educational program has enabled more than 29,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.
USUF has been participating in the Open World program since 2006.
Here are the details for the Foundation’s fall line-up of four delegations: This month, USUF’s partner in Ohio, the Cincinnati-Kharkiv Sister City Partnership, is hosting on the theme of Internationalization of Education. In November, Global Ties KC will focus on Investigative Journalism, the Birmingham (AL) Sister Cities Commission will feature a Media Literacy theme, and USUF, in cooperation with American Councils, will be responsible for a delegation from Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the theme of Public Diplomacy.
Photo: Open World Ukrainian delegates visiting state offices in Austin, Texas in 2018.
John A. Kun is Vice President of the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.