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Harkness Fellowships Trust welcomes Government investment

Harkness Fellowships Trust welcomes Government investment

The Chairman of the NZ Harkness Fellowships Trust Board, Ross Tanner, has welcomed the announcement by Iain Rennie, State Services Commissioner and Chair of the Board of the Leadership Development Centre, that the Government is to make a $2 million investment in the Trust Board’s Harkness Fellowships programme.

“We are very grateful to Public Service chief executives, and to the Leadership Development Centre, for this generous endowment”.

The Harkness Fellowships programme has over the last sixty years enabled mid-career professionals who aspire to significant leadership roles within New Zealand, particularly in but not limited to the public sector, to benefit from new ideas, practices and contacts in the US.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to reinforce New Zealand-United States links by enabling aspiring leaders to benefit from a programme of personal study at a US research institution or other organization.

The Fellowships will also:

• Enhance the cross-fertilisation of ideas and experience between New Zealand and the United States;

• Build a connected leadership network on both sides of the Pacific based on enduring relationships, with benefit to both countries; and

• Build a partnership with the Leadership Development Centre, on behalf of the public sector, to build leadership capability within the public sector in NZ.

Applications for the 2015 Fellowships will be sought later this year.

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