Washington D.C.’s Georgetown University confirmed Wednesday that former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has been named a “distinguished scholar in the practice of global leadership” by the university, where he will keep himself busy after leaving office by giving classes.
From September 1 Uribe will give “seminars and other programmatic activities” to students of the university’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS).
“It is a great honor to participate in this prestigious Georgetown University program, sharing my experience with younger generations,” said Uribe. “My greatest wish and happiness is to contribute in the continuous emergence of future leaders.”
During his time at Georgetown, Uribe is also expected to work with faculty members to “help foster conversations on important issues facing the international community,” according to an SFS press release.
“We are looking forward to having President Uribe join our university community,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia. “Having such a distinguished world leader at Georgetown will further the important work of students and faculty engaging important global issues.”
Carol Lancaster, dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service said she hoped that “President Uribe will bring a truly unique perspective to discussions of global affairs at Georgetown … We are thrilled that he has identified Georgetown as a place where he will share his knowledge and interface with Washington, and I know that our students at the School of Foreign Service will benefit greatly from his presence.”
Uribe has been busy since he handed over the Colombian presidency to President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday. On Tuesday he travelled to New York to assume his new role as vice chairman of the United Nations (U.N.) inquiry into an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.