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The University of Connecticut’s Global Training and Development Institute (GTDI) fosters global sustainable development, citizenship, and cross-cultural understanding by providing individuals from around the world with transformational learning experiences. Since 1961, more than 10,000 government officials, business and non-profit leaders, and university students from 130 countries have participated in the Institute’s education and training programs.


On Study of the U.S.

"We came back to Iraq with a new perception about the U.S. and the American people. We had a useful experience, learned how to express our thoughts and ideas freely and have respect for each other irrespective of gender. The GTDI program has been one of the best (experiences) in my entire life."

- Suhaib Abdullah, Iraq

Empowering Women Through Social Entrepreneurship

What did you find to be the most rewarding about your time spent in the United States?

"The Fellows Congress was a beautiful and very enriching experience because we got the chance to meet and share with people from all around the world. It’s amazing to observe how it doesn’t matter where people come from; we all share the same or similar problems, dreams and emotions. We are all connected as human beings and we can learn a lot from one another."

- Carolina Quesada
San Jose, Costa Rica

International Sports Exchange Program

What was one of your favorite activities or workshops and why?

"Job shadowing was one of my favorite activities. Through the individual conversation with my counterpart, I could dig deeply into how an organization operated in United States. It was also a great opportunity for us to exchange the sports culture of our home country. Through the observation of programs, I learnt the ways they used sports as the vehicles to educate the youth, which could be modified to use in Hong Kong."

- Jennifer Wing Shan Wong
Hong Kong, China