Jersey City Board of Education Trustee Mussab Ali has been accepted into the 2020 class of Schwarzman Scholars, a prestigious master’s degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
According to their website, 147 Schwarzman Scholars – comprised of students from 38 countries and 119 universities – were selected from a pool of over 2,800 entries.
“The accomplishments, dynamism, and commitment of this year’s class of Scholars are inspiring for all of us involved with the program,” Global Director of Admissions Robert Garris said in a statement.
“We look forward to seeing them come together from around the world to share their experiences in business, entrepreneurship, public policy, community service, media, and many other fields, learning from each other and from their fellow students at Tsinghua.”
Ali, 21, told HCV that he was honored to be selected for the program and currently doesn’t have any plans to resign from the board, despite being re-elected to a three-year term last month.
“I’m honored to have an opportunity to represent Jersey City as a recipient of such a prestigious fellowship that will allow me to learn from international leaders,” the trustee said.
“To make it even better, this short term educational experience will be structured in a way that will allow me to complete my duties and obligations as a board member.”
The Schwarzman Scholars program begins in August 2019 and Ali’s term runs through 2021, but he explained that he plans on traveling back and forth to attend as many Jersey City BOE meetings as possible.
The master’s program runs for one year and trustees also have the option of calling into meetings when they are unable to make it in person.