Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Video Captures Bot?n Scholars at Brown

December 13, 2010

Forty top students from Latin America recently completed a 10-week program to strengthen their vocation for public service, under a program designed by the Fondación Marcelino Botín in collaboration with Brown University.

The program started off at the Watson Institute, where a week of activities included a lecture by former Chilean President and Brown Professor at Large Ricardo Lagos, team-building exercises, and talks by Institute faculty members on such subjects as democracy and globalization.

The students then spent nine weeks in Europe, engaging in sessions with academics and policymakers.

Going forward, the Botín Scholars are being organized into a network to continue to develop their public leadership knowledge and skills.

“We are very pleased to be a partner with the Botín Foundation in this bold new model to build greater leadership capacity in public service in Latin America,” said Watson Institute Deputy Director Geoffrey S. Kirkman ’91, who led the program at Brown. “It has been a great pleasure to get to know the first cohort of Botín Scholars and know that they are part of a long term effort to strengthen democratic institutions throughout the region.”