On January 12, EARTH University kicked off its 25th Anniversary with a special Inauguration Ceremony to officially welcome the Class of 2018 and commemorate EARTH’s journey of growth. In just 25 years, EARTH has evolved from an little-known university committed to preparing leaders from the humid tropics to a global institution with students and graduates illuminating lives in the Americas, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.
The Class of 2018 is EARTH’s most international class in history, representing 35 nations that include seven new countries: Belgium, Chile, Italy, Madagascar, Malawi, Nevis and Zambia.
Raphael Loubert (’18, Belgium) shares his ideas for implementing the knowledge and skills he will acquire in the next four years: “I would like to work in urban agriculture and help people become more self-sustainable- you can grow food on the roof, the balcony, wherever there is sun and water. I’ve always had a respect and love for nature and the environment and I want to encourage that mentality in Europe.”
For The MasterCard Foundation Scholar Thabu Mugala (’18, Zambia), being among the first Zambian students at EARTH is both “a privilege and a great responsibility.” She adds, “I will work hard and set a good example for the students who follow me, I want to see more Zambians at EARTH in the years to come. Together we can build a more efficient, sustainable and eco-friendly Zambia and Africa as a whole.”
Thabu and Raphael are just two examples of future leaders who will use their talent and passion to promote sustainable development not only in their communities but also their continents, reflecting the globalization of EARTH’s mission to construct more prosperous and just societies.
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