JERSEY CITY, N.J. |New Jersey City University (NJCU) M.B.A. students Fatimah Tijjani and Judith Crane recently represented NJCU at Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), the higher education program of the Clinton Foundation.
Each year eligible student leaders, entrepreneurs, and activists are invited to join the program as part of Commitments to Action — projects dedicated to a specific program track of positive goals for social impact across CGI U’s five focus areas: education, public health, environmental and climate issues, human rights issues, and poverty.
According to the Clinton Foundation website “At CGI U, students are not just discussing problems — they are taking real, concrete steps towards solving them.”
For their commitment, NJCU’s Tijjani and Crane chose Global Health Connecting, a track dedicated to collaborative solutions to global challenges such as women’s health, diseases, and access to basic and specialized health services.
Tijjani and Crane’s project was focused on developing a web-based application that could be utilized by hospitals and medical centers to create a network of care for recipients, improving accessibility to services in underdeveloped countries, with Nigeria being the first country planned for the initiative.
Thanks to the support of NJCU’s funding and the guidance of Drs. John Donnellan and EunSu Lee of the School of Business Management Department, Tijjani and Crane were able to become the first NJCU students to successfully complete the Clinton Global Initiative University course and continue developing their project following graduation. Tijjani and Crane expressed gratitude to their mentors, Donnellan and Lee, for their support and commitment, and the CGI U network.
"CGI U personally makes me feel like the world is doing something right through this initiative,” Tijjani said. “The tireless effort of the community and the CGI U team inspires me to want to do more. It makes me realize just how much impact we can have on our communities as individuals."
Crane commented, “Being part of the CGI U community is an incredible opportunity. The mentoring group that Fatimah and I are part of has been very supportive. The modules were extremely helpful in teaching us how to take a project and make it become a reality.”
New Jersey City University is an institution of higher learning with an audacious goal: the development of our students, our city, our communities, our state, and the world beyond. We are a game-changing force for our students and their families. Whether our students are enrolled in one of our 50 undergraduate, 28 graduate or three doctoral programs, NJCU provides an affordable, diverse environment, and an exceptionally supportive faculty—all of which prepares them to be critical thinkers in a global landscape.
We’re also changing the game for our city, our communities, and our state. As the educational anchor institution in Jersey City, we’ve established partnerships to ensure the area’s growth directly benefits our students and community members. We seek to improve the lives of everyone in the Garden State, whether creating a home for the arts, bringing educational programs to K-12 students, offering bachelor’s degrees in partnership with community colleges, or providing professional development opportunities for adults.
At NJCU, we’re not just educating minds, we’re nourishing souls and lifting communities. We’re changing the game.
About the NJCU School of Business:
Located in Jersey City’s Harborside Financial District, the NJCU School of Business offers undergraduate and graduate programming in data science, financial technology, supply chain, sports management, global business, and a wide range of traditional business majors. In June 2021, the School of Business and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) partnered to launch the historic Sports Wagering and Financial Technology Workforce Development and Innovation Center.
About Clinton Global Initiative University
As an operating foundation, CGI U works on issues directly or with strategic partners from the business, government, and nonprofit sectors to create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service. Its programs are designed to make a real difference today while serving as proven models for tomorrow. The goal of every effort is to use available resources to get better results faster — at the lowest possible cost.
CGI U firmly believes that when diverse groups of people bring resources together in the spirit of true cooperation, transformative ideas will emerge to drive life-changing action.
For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, visit www.clintonfoundation.org.
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