KSU honor students get face time with British cabinet member

  British cabinet member Alistair Burt, center, meets with Kennesaw State PEGS students and…

Georgia (Jun 3, 2015) —  

British cabinet member Alistair Burt, center, meets with Kennesaw State PEGS students and program administrators in London.

UK tour part of presidential scholars’ global and leadership studies

KENNESAW, Ga. (June 3, 2015)— A cohort of third-year Kennesaw State University honors students left a lasting impression on a United Kingdom cabinet member just hours before he was to be sworn into his new office as a minister of state.

The 13 students in Kennesaw State’s President’s Emerging Scholars Program (PEGS) visited the House of Commons in London, where they were greeted by the Right Honorable Alistair Burt, a member of Parliament representing North East Bedfordshire.

Alistair spent nearly an hour in a committee room hosting a question-and-answer session with the PEGS scholars, even allowing them to sit in the same chairs the parliamentarians use when debating legislation. Following the meeting, he had nothing but good things to say about the Kennesaw State students.

“We all agreed that your group was one of the most charming and engaged overseas groups we have had the pleasure to meet,” Burt said in a message to Chris Young, executive director of CIFAL Atlanta and the organizer of the meeting. “What an excellent bunch of young people!”

Later that same day, Burt was sworn in as the UK’s new Minister of State for Community and Social Care. His responsibilities include managing the technology and statistics-gathering operations for the National Health System. He has served in a variety of parliamentary positions since 1983, including Minister of State for North American Affairs from 2010-2015.

Kennesaw State’s President’s Emerging Scholars Program is a multi-year experience that helps exceptional students develop leadership skills. Overseen by the University’s Honors College, the program includes rigorous academic coursework, undergraduate research, and international and domestic travel.

The PEGS students’ London visit was part of a larger, eight-day tour of the UK in May, during which they visited historic and political sites such as Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Whitehall, the King’s Theatre, and the Scottish Parliament.  Participants also attended several lectures on the UK’s role in global politics.

International travel opportunities like this — as well as a trip to Brazil for all first-year PEGS students — help students develop a global context for the academic and leadership skills they learn as a part of the PEGS program.

Learn more about the PEGS Program

— Patrick Harbin



A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu