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Social Policy & Politics Student to Participate in Think-Tank

Social Policy & Politics undergraduate to participate in Mexican think-tank on Economic Growth and Social Development

Gwaang-Ee Waang

Social Policy & Politics undergraduate Gwaang-Ee Waang has been selected as one of only three students being sent by the University to  the 9th international summer school convened by Universitas21, hosted this year by Mexico's Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Universitas 21, the worldwide network established in 1997 to pool talent and resources from the world's leading research universities, uses these summer schools as creative academic conventions for undergraduates seeking to have a culturally rich learning exchange and develop new ideas around stimulating themes.

The University of Edinburgh, a founding member of the network, looks for suitable candidates to send to the event each summer and kindly pays the students' participation fees.  Gwaang-Ee has been additionally awarded funding from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as co-sponsorship by the Social Policy and Politics & International Relations departments of the School of Social & Political Science.

Gwaang-Ee is very excited about attending the summer school.  Here he is in his own words:

“So far, my time at this University has already shown me how rewarding and inspiring it can be to be part of such a diverse, creative and brainy bunch of people (yes, I mean you!) – so I didn't think twice when presented with this fantastic opportunity.  I'm about to join a couple of fellow Edinburgh undergraduates, together with undergraduates from twenty like-minded universities from around the world for a Summer School at the Queretaro campus of Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico, on a theme that is so current and compelling, economic growth and social development, initiated locally but impacting globally.

“It's a kind of student think tank, and it's taking place in a very thought-provoking location: Queretaro, Queretaro (so good they named it twice!) isa city of contrasts with, like Edinburgh, an historical centre with UNESCO World Heritage status, as well as an economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the Americas.  And on the doorstep is another UNESCO World Heritage site, Teotihuacan, the amazing ruins of a major pre-Columbian city, in its time possibly the biggest in the Americas, though it had collapsed by around 1500 years ago. So I like to think we will have a massive ancient example looking over our shoulders as we explore ideas for the next great civilisation and prepare to make our own mark for students from Mars in 3512!”

Gwaang-Ee will be writing an account of his time at the summer school later in the year.

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