The Next Generation Project was founded by the American Assembly at Columbia University in 2005 and is now a flagship program at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin.
The concept for the Next Generation Project emerged from the belief that many of our national and global institutions are not well suited to manage the challenges our nation faces today. To generate cutting edge, innovative solutions to our shared global challenges, the Project gathered the best and brightest leaders from around the country to discuss this issue through rigorous, responsible debate.
The first assembly of Fellows took place in Austin, Texas and was one of five held in regions of the country that were growing in economic and political importance. Each non-partisan assembly produced innovative recommendations and fresh insights into ways the U.S. can generate and implement more effective, forward-looking global policies in the years and decades to come. For more information about the Next Generation Project, please visit www.nextgenerationproject.org.
Inaugurating the Next Generation Project Texas at the Strauss Center is the logical next step in the evolution of this program. Texas is one of America's fastest growing and economically dynamic states. It is the 11th largest economy in the world. Texans are increasingly international in their outlook and offer expertise in some of the most critical industries such as energy, healthcare, and technology. The voices and contributions of the next generation of Texas leaders are needed now more than ever.
The Next Generation Scholars Program was established in the Fall 2010 to enhance The Strauss Center's outreach to the undergraduate community at The University of Texas to work towards the Center's mission of fostering new generations of global policy scholars and practicioners. The awardees are paired with a faculty mentor who is a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and provided with funds to support their professional development or independent research. The Scholars also participate in the Strauss Center's monthly Distinguished Scholars lunches as well as other Center events.