STORRS — The University of Connecticut will host some 40 college student leaders from north and sub-Saharan Africa this summer for a five-week program focusing on social entrepreneurship.

The Global Training and Development Institute (GTDI) at UConn’s Center for Continuing Studies will host two concurrent Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). One institute will consist of 20 students from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt; the other will host an equal number from Senegal, Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Cote d'Ivoire.

“This program provides representatives from the U.S. and the participating African countries the opportunity to learn about each country’s culture, society and values in order to foster tolerance, mutual understanding, and to strengthen the ties that bind us,” said Roy Pietro, UConn’s Principal Investigator for the program. "The training in social entrepreneurship, along with grant funds for social change projects, will hopefully help them to address some of the hardships faced by their local communities back in Africa."

All 40 undergraduate students, ages 19 to 26, will participate in educational sessions, experiential learning and hands-on volunteer work. The institutes will also provide an opportunity for them to experience UConn campus life and American culture.

Both institutes, which include U.S. history and business skill development with a focus on social entrepreneurship, are being funded by a $480,000 cooperative agreement from ECA. The programs, which run from June 25 through July 29, are part of a broader ECA initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and to help develop future leaders.

 BETHANY — Since 2003, the Graduate Institute has offered an MA in organizational leadership (MAOL) for high-performing leaders of some of the world's largest companies. This autumn the institute will offer a new version of the degree program designed for leaders, as well as those who aspire to become leaders, from diverse fields including education, the arts, social services, health care and the not-for-profit sector.

Organizational Leadership is a 36-credit program that treats leadership as a profession, with skills and protocols that promote a sense of "possibility" in all organizational imperatives. MAOL students explore the art, science and craft of leadership from multiple disciplines and ideologies. Classes meet one weekend per month for 22 months. Cost of the program is $12,348.

A free information session will take place at 5 p.m. on June 22 at the Graduate Institute, 171 Amity Road, Bethany. Visit learn.edu/events to RSVP or learn more.

 NEW HAVEN — A $3 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will enable thousands of college and university science faculty to receive intensive professional development aimed at improving undergraduate biology education. The award will expand the National Academies Summer Institute for Undergraduate Education in Biology from a single location in Madison, Wisc. to a total of nine regional centers over the next five years. A new Summer Institute site will debut August 8-13 at Yale University.

The expanded program will eventually be open to faculty at a wider range of institutions; only faculty and staff at major research universities have been able to participate in the past. This year the institutes are welcoming faculty from all doctoral-degree granting institutions, not just the research-intensive universities.

Interested faculty can learn more about the program and apply online at nasummerinstitutes.org.