About TL Programs
Tomorrow’s Leaders Programs are a joint effort between the United States Department of State, the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA/AC) and The American University in Cairo (AUC). In 2008, AUC welcomed its first cohort of Tomorrow’s Leaders Undergraduate (TLU) scholars. The first cohorts of the Tomorrow’s Graduate (TLG) program and the Tomorrow’s Leaders Gender Scholars (TLS) Program joined AUC in fall 2020 and 2021, respectively. The programs continue to expand across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to offer educational and leadership opportunities to outstanding youth. The main pillars of the programs are leadership development, civic awareness and involvement, professional advancement and gender sensitization.
The program aims to create a strong foundation for a cadre of civic-minded, intellectually able, and professionally skilled university students, well-prepared to become future community and business leaders through high-quality academic support, leadership development activities, and civic engagement opportunities.
As of spring 2023, ten cohorts have been admitted to the Tomorrow’s Leaders (TLU) program, totaling 160 students from 16 countries in the Middle East region. Countries include Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, West Bank and Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, UAE, Kuwait, KSA, and Yemen. 93 TLU students have already graduated from the program, in addition to 40 TLS graduates and 5 TLG graduates, and 120 TLU, TLG and TLS students in total are currently enrolled at AUC. Seventy-four students have been enrolled in the TLS program with 40 currently comprising the TLS Alumni Network.
The TL Pipeline was introduced to prepare select TL students to join the labor market and start their own start-ups and ventures.
Tomorrow’s Leaders' (TL) vision is to develop the capacities and skills of deserving youth from the MENA region to effectively engage with civil society, the private sector, and/or government actors to become their countries’ future national and business leaders.
The program’s vision highlights the centrality of gender awareness and mainstreaming.