Ahmedov was identified as a potential “emerging leader” along with other applicants from 12 countries of the former Soviet Union.
The Muskie program aims to promote mutual understanding, build democracy and foster the transition to market economies in Eurasia through intensive academic study and professional training. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia, the Muskie Fellowship is a program of the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program accepts about four percent of its 4,000 applicants per year.
Ahmedov is working toward a master’s degree in management. His future goal is to one day own and operate a textile factory in Uzbekistan, a country known for the production of cotton.
In addition to his classroom study in UW-Green Bay’s Master’s of Management program, Ahmedov will gain exposure to Northeast Wisconsin culture and values through a community service experience, and develop professional skills through a full-time summer internship in 2011. This is Ahmedov’s second visit to Wisconsin. He previously participated in an undergraduate exchange program at UW-Superior in 2003-2004.