8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium Bangkok

8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium Bangkok

Issued: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:26:00 BST

by Ameer Ibrahim

From the 1st - 7th August three University of Glasgow Students attended the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand.

The week-long conference saw attendance from more than 900 student delegates with demonstrable leadership attributes from 75 countries around the world.

Various speakers from agencies across the UN, and outwith, delivered speeches throughout the week. Talks focused on global challenges including; poverty, climate change, equality, and various other geopolitical themes. Delegates also participated within workshops, and participated in humanitarian efforts in and around Bangkok.

This year's three student delegates from UofG included Ameer Ibrahim (4th Year Accountancy and Finance), Fiona Ross (4th Year Politics) and Aga Prima (Postgraduate in Banking and Financial Services). The group were the first delegation from UofG to attend the conference representing the University.

We hope that the University will continue engagement with the University Scholars Leadership Symposium so that student delegations can attend in the future. The conference gave delegates the opportunity through a week-long programme to learn about the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and also how we can pursue positive change within our own communities - even through the smallest of contributions. To quote Geraldine Cox, who delivered an inspirational speech at the symposium: "Know that the greatest currency you will ever possess is how you effect others in the world, so please, always remember to be kind." 

Montage of images from the University Scholars Leadership Symposium 2017