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Johns Hopkins SAIS to host U.S.-Pacific Institute for Rising Leaders


Today, the White House announced Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) will host the newly created U.S.-Pacific Institute for Rising Leaders. Beginning in the fall of 2023, this multi-year program will bring exceptional rising leaders from the Pacific Islands to Johns Hopkins SAIS for four to six weeks of professional and leadership development. Leslie Cockburn, a renowned journalist with extensive experience in the Pacific, will be working with SAIS and the White House to coordinate this initiative.

Each year, the Institute will sponsor up to 30 accomplished mid-career public servants—up to three from each Pacific Island country or territory—to attend the customized program at SAIS. The Institute will engage with these emerging leaders to hone their academic, leadership, and policy-making skills. By providing the next generation of Pacific Island policymakers with a deeper understanding of the United States, the U.S.-Pacific Institute for Rising Leaders will enhance international cooperation and U.S. relations with the Pacific.

Under the leadership of Dean James B. Steinberg, Johns Hopkins SAIS will design a comprehensive program, including classroom courses and networking opportunities outside the classroom. “This initiative once again demonstrates SAIS’s leadership in preparing global leaders to tackle the complexities of 21st-century governance,” Dean Steinberg said. “Participants in the Institute will benefit from the deep expertise of SAIS faculty, who will develop a curriculum specifically designed for the Pacific’s future leaders.”

The U.S.-Pacific Institute for Rising Leaders builds on the Johns Hopkins tradition of educating leaders of the future. The initiative follows in the footsteps of U.S.-ASEAN Institute for Rising Leaders, hosted by SAIS, to train mid-career public service professionals from 10 Southeast Asian nations. SAIS and Johns Hopkins are committed to education and research to help meet the challenges of modern governance. The new program will take advantage of Johns Hopkins University’s new facilities at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, which will open in 2023.  

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A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. For more information, visit or on Twitter @SAISHopkins


Thursday, September 29, 2022