Eleven National University of Science and Technology students have been selected to represent the Institution and the Country for Millennium Fellowship Program 2019. Anesu  Shadaya final year Accounting student, Tanaka Charamba final year Human Resource Management student, Blessing Peter and Ian Harahwa both 3rd year Accounting students, Geraldine Bosha final year Finance student, Ian Rushambwa a 3rd year Banking and Investment student, Nigel Nyathi a  4th year Industrial Engineering student, Robert Selemani 2nd year Informatics student, Rufaro Hozheri and Tanyaradzwa Chiwutani both 3rd year Finance students and Tendai Dara 3rd year Accounting student, were selected to come up with a project that will advance United Nations’ Goals.

In 2018, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Millennium Campus Network (MCN) launched the Millennium Fellowship where the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr.  Ban Ki-moon shared his enthusiasm for the project highlighting that Millennium Fellows have to lead by example - with empathy, humility, and inclusion as guiding values.  

“You can embrace global citizenship, building a strong global network to learn from and support each other…We are all counting on you to affirm the dignity of people and our planet, now and for years to come.” said Mr. Ban 

  The selective Fellowship is a semester-long leadership development program that convenes, challenges, and celebrates student leadership for UN goals. For the Class of 2019, 7000+ students applied from 1,209 campuses across 135 nations.  Only 6% of the campuses were selected to host Fellows for the Class of 2019.

The Class of 2019 has been announced and 1,092 extraordinary Millennium Fellows have been selected on 69 campuses across 16 nations to participate this year. Leading campus cohorts have been selected from every region of the globe. From August through December, Millennium Fellows will take action to help make the Sustainable Development Goals and United Nations’

Academic Impact Principles a reality. Fellows’ Projects are projected to positively impact the lives of over 978,400 people worldwide. The proposed Fellowship projects are bold and innovative:  

At the National University of Science and Technology, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Fellows are advancing various Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to create positive social impact within their communities and align institutions of higher education with the United Nations in supporting and contributing to the realization of United Nations goals and mandates, including the promotion and protection of human rights, access to education, sustainability and conflict resolution.

“When we created the United Nations Academic Impact to foster a culture of intellectual social responsibility, we considered ‘intellect’ not as something remote or esoteric, but rather as a quality innate in every individual. Our collaboration with MCN will allow students to demonstrate how the wisdom and thought they invest in their formal curriculum can be extended to a greater purpose of common good, lending their strengths to their communities and their world and, in turn, being enriched by them,” shared Ramu Damodaran, Chief of United Nations Academic Impact. 

He added: “On every campus and in every community, student leaders are committed to making positive contributions while committed to our ethos: empathetic, humble, inclusive leadership. Emerging leaders need requisite training, connections, and recognition to deepen their social impact as undergraduates and throughout their careers. Partnering with UNAI enables us to engage more students, providing a powerful framework to help them convene, take action, and elevate the important contributions they make.”


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