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Habitat for Humanity International Opens Door to New University



AMERICUS, Ga. September 3, 2003 - Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) opens the door to its new global learning initiative, Habitat for Humanity University (HFHU), on Wednesday, September 3rd. The new university’s headquarters is located at 419 W. Church Street (corner of Church St. and Habitat St.).

The purpose of HFHU is to identify and nurture the next generation of leaders in the movement to eliminate poverty housing worldwide.

“Our greatest need is for new leaders to continue this movement,” said Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International. “Strong, successful leadership, which Habitat for Humanity University is designed to help develop, will continue to propel this housing ministry forward.”

HFHU is not limited to just Habitat staff and volunteers, but to all those interested in providing adequate housing in partnership with people in need. It serves a center for global knowledge management and sharing, practical research, advocacy, and management and leadership development.

Most students will engage in learning from afar through e-learning, electronic academic journals and other methods of information sharing, making HFHU unique from traditional “brick and mortar” university models. The online learning aspect of HFHU allows Habitat staff, volunteers and partners all over the world to benefit from the leadership resources now available through HFHU.

“I am very excited about the Habitat for Humanity University team we have assembled, the initial work they have completed and the potential this initiative has to propel the work of Habitat for Humanity forward,” said David Williams, executive vice president and chief operating officer for HFHI, on the new university and the efforts it took to bring it to life.

The university’s headquarters is located in the building that previously served as the first tour center for HFHI. Recently renovated, it now houses HFHU staff and will be used for specialized leadership-oriented learning and training. Four main rooms make up the building:

• Presentation Room – facility for lectures, presentations and film screenings

• Seminar Room – used for interactive seminars, workshops and case study teaching

• Project Room – used for HFHU’s course development team

• Library – houses books related to leadership development and serves as quiet study area

About Habitat for Humanity University
Habitat for Humanity University (HFHU) is a learning resource dedicated to leadership development through innovative and practical academic research; computer-based teaching and information sharing; in-person seminars and lectures; networking and mentoring. HFHU will offer a dynamic knowledge network to address Habitat’s greatest need: to identify and nurture the next generation of leadership necessary to fulfill the mission of eliminating poverty housing worldwide.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and is affiliates in more than 3,000 communities in 89 nations have built and sold more than 150,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages.