NCC Hosts Russian Leaders

Russian delegates examine entrepreneurship

Senator Casey's Office with Delegates

The Open World Leadership Center, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of Russian administrators to Bethlehem, PA from December 6-14, 2019. The delegation consists of four professionals and will be accompanied by a bi-cultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Bethlehem, the Open World program participants will be hosted by Northampton Community College (NCC).

Prior to their arrival at NCC, the participants completed an orientation in Washington, D.C. Delegates had policy meetings with members of Congress including staff from Sen. Patrick Toomey, PA 15th District and Sen. Robert Casey, Jr., PA-06 District offices.

In Bethlehem, delegates will collaborate on best practices for entrepreneurship. Delegates will meet with State Representative Robert Freeman, 136th District and State Senator Lisa Boscola, 18th District and Mayor Robert Donchez. Additional activities include touring PI-Partnership for Innovation, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Factory LLC and NCC’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The delegation will stay in the homes of local residents who serve as hospitality hosts. 

More than 27,000 current and future leaders from Post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Open World’s 20th Year

Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World Leadership Center maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit