Former Colombian President to teach at Georgetown
Alvaro Uribe, the former President of Colombia who ended his second term on August 7, will teach students in the School of Foreign Service during the 2010-11 academic year.
Uribe, who the University named as a Distinguished Scholar in the Practice of Global Leadership, will hold seminars, conduct “programmatic activities,” and work with faculty members.
“We are looking forward to having President Uribe join our university community,” President John DeGioia said in a press release. “Having such a distinguished world leader at Georgetown will further the important work of students and faculty engaging important global issues.”
After being elected as President in 2002, Uribe gained popularity for his successful campaigns against drug trafficking and armed guerilla groups, such as the FARC and ELN. The conservative leader was re-elected in 2006, earning more than 60 percent of all votes.
Backed by overwhelming public support, Uribe attempted to run for a third term, but the Colombian constitutional court struck down the public referendum in February. (He was re-elected after a similar referendum amended the country’s single-term limit.)
“It is a great honor to participate in this prestigious Georgetown University program, sharing my experience with younger generations,” Uribe said. “My greatest wish and happiness is to contribute in the continuous emergence of future leaders.”
Uribe’s courses are not yet listed on MyAccess.