I confess that I was missing Crown Princess Mary, and I was wondering what was happening in the Kingdom of Denmark, at a time when several European royals are criticized for their light agendas.
Well, yesterday the reason behind Mary’s absence was revealed. On the Danish Royal Family website it was announced that Crown Princess Mary was in the United States from March 28 to April 8, taking part in a short course at the prestigious Harvard University, in Boston.
And what is the need for a Crown Princess to take a course, you may ask?
The ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ course is part of the academic offerings of the Harvard Kennedy School and is developed in collaboration with the World Economic Forum and is intended for members of the Young Global Leaders community.
Since 2004, the Community of Young Global Leaders (YGLs) is made up of several young leaders from several sectors of society and from the various corners of the world, who are brave, bold, dynamic, with an entrepreneurial spirit and who have a joint objective to improve the world. They contribute to solving some of the most important and urgent challenges for humanity in fields such as social areas, promoting diversity, tolerance and inclusion.
As stated from the Forum of Young Global Leaders website:
“Nominated under 40, Young Global Leaders (YGLs) are proposed through a qualified nomination process and assessed according to rigorous selection criteria that creates a diverse and truly representative body, while accepting only the very best leaders who have already demonstrated their commitment to serving society at large.”
“Throughout the five year programme, YGLs are fully involved in the Forum’s meetings, initiatives and research and interact with the Forum’s wider multistakeholder community. YGLs have a powerful role in determining the community’s activities. They are governed by a foundation board of respected leaders and are managed by a dynamic team of young professionals based in Geneva and China. “
Mary was appointed in 2012 as a Young Global Leader, based on her social work with the Mary Foundation.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” Nelson Mandela once said. I think great that even princesses invest their time to gain more knowledge to better direct their action plans on behalf of the causes they stand for.
After all, continuing education is our best ally in a world whose knowledge increases at a dizzying pace.