Future Generations Graduate School was founded in 1992, emerging from a 20 year-old project launched by UNICEF to gain a better understanding of how to promote civic engagement to scale, promoting both a rising qualitative and quantitative expansion of civic well-being. Future Generations continues to achieve its mission, as it “teaches and enables a process for equitable community change.”
What sets this institution apart from the traditional higher education model is that students remain in their home countries while studying, applying what they learn to their local context. In doing so, they are actively engaged with their communities throughout their education. Therefore, civic engagement is at the heart of the pedagogy of the institution. Throughout their studies, students gather in local and international settings to further learn how their knowledge can be applied in myriad contexts. Each cohort is comprised of students from around the world, further bringing perspectives and engaging with communities from around the globe. In short, a global community is their classroom.
Over 90% of graduates remain in their communities, using their advanced degrees to reinvigorate and redevelop outreach programs. They are leaders and teachers within their communities in 38 countries.
Future Generations’ impact in West Virginia is also significant. As part of its Rural America program, with a $4.4M grant from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Future Generations partnered with 60 fire departments and rescue squads throughout the state to set up computer access and training centers. Not merely an academic institution, Future Generations takes great pride in its host state and is dedicated to promoting the welfare and improvement of its residents.