Rochester Institute of Technology is hosting students from American University in Kosovo who are studying at RIT this year thanks to the Madeleine Albright Scholarship Fund.
Named for the former secretary of state, the $300,000 fund was established by the Kosovo Ministry of Education, Science and Technology to support Kosovars seeking to study in the U.S. and to strengthen the emerging democracy in Kosovo.
Six students-two per quarter-will attend RIT's College of Applied Science and Technology this fall, winter and spring. After completing coursework at RIT, scholarship recipients will continue their studies at American University in Kosovo, located in Pristina, and they will be called on to serve their country by working for the Kosovar government.
“Fostering this type of international student exchange is critical to the success of RIT's global outreach mission,” says Jim Myers, director of RIT's Center for Multidisciplinary Studies, which manages the American University in Kosovo curriculum. “Moreover, it contributes to Kosovo's transition to a self-governing society and free-market economy.”
RIT launched American University in Kosovo in partnership with the American University in Kosovo Foundation last fall. The university offers courses in service management, multidisciplinary studies, business development, economics, marketing, American history, science and writing.
Albright, secretary of state from 1997 to 2001, was the first female in the position and the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. She also served as the U.S. representative to the United Nations and was a member of the National Security Council.