YEPI Demonstration Grants Awarded to 8 Talloires Network universities

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Youth Economic Participation Initiative (YEPI) Demonstration Grants. Although it was difficult to choose from a pool of over 60 Expressions of Interest and 20 strong finalists, we are excited to work with this group of eight engaged universities that are modeling innovative and effective practices for preparing students to become active participants in their economies.  Each program will receive $350,000 over three years.  YEPI will document the experience and outcomes of the demonstration programs and share this information with the entire Talloires Network.

The YEPI Demonstration universities are:

Latin America

Universidad Austral de Chile

Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico


International Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (2ie), Burkina Faso

Umutara Polytechnic, Rwanda

University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe

University of Cape Town, South Africa


National University of Malaysia

Lahore University of Management Sciences


We would furthermore like to extend our sincere thanks to the official YEPI Selection Committee for their guidance in this important decision:

Shamsh Kassim-Lakha, Founding President Emeritus of the Aga Khan University

Prof. Etienne Ehouan Ehile, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities

Dr. Elizabeth King, Director, Education, Human Development Network, World Bank

Dr. Rajesh Tandon, President, Society for Participatory Research in Asia; Co-holder, UNESCO Chair in Community-engaged Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education

Prof. Lineo Vuyisa Tanga, Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Prof. Maria Nieves Tapia, Director, Latin American Center for Service-Learning