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Jim Kielsmeier

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Review for Congo Initiative, Germantown, WI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the US Board supporting the work at UCBC in Congo after meeting the dynamic president, Dr. David Kasali. He has a bold, clear vision for creating a university backed by a substantial personal history in higher education and ministry. In 2010 I witnessed UCBC at work in war ravaged eastern Congo - very close to the border with Uganda. There is no question this well managed higher education community, which graduated its first class this June, is building a dynamic cadre of nation builders. It is being watched closely by the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Higher Education in Kinshasha which sees in the integration of high quality academic training with a commitment to community engagement through service-learning a model for higher education throughout the country.
I recently retired - after 28 years - serving as founding CEO of a national NGO ( National Youth Leadership Council) with outreach to every state and more than 30 nations. UCBC is a sound investment in a region in great need of what UCBC offers. My suggestion to potential donors is go to the Congo, see for yourself.
I also suggest financial investments over several years to support scholarships for students and salary for faculty. Whatever resources are invested will receive the highest level of accountability. Feel free to contact me.

Jim Kielsmeier Ph.D
Founder, Senior Scholar
National Youth Leadership Council

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Careful review of financial and program materials as a Board Member. In interviews with the UCBC President, academic dean and several students on my visit to campus last year. ( 2010)

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Seek a higher level of financial commitment at the front end. Bring in board members and donors to match the vision and capacity of UCBC,

Role:  Board Member & I serve on the US Board.