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Below is a list of conferences, including student comments, that SUA grant recipients have attended in the past:

Athgo International Global Forum in Summer 2009 by Peter Karuppiah

The conference I was able to attend this summer was Athgo International’s third annual Global Forum entitled “Miracles of Development: The Effects of Good Governance and Capacity Building on Economic Development” at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. At the forum, over 200 students and young professionals met to explore and discuss the effects of good governance and capacity building on economic development. As a participant, I was able to meet various Ambassadors, high-ranking World Bank officials, and private sector executives to explore and gain a deeper understanding of the issues with international governance and business solutions for developing economies. I was also placed into a group that developed and presented our own policy memo and business model that reflected what we had learned throughout the forum. I found the forum very helpful and enlightening because I was able to learn realistic and professional problems that the World Bank is currently struggling with in their effort to eliminate poverty. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet and share with other students about SUA and realize that we all shared the same desire to change our world.

Visit the Athgo International Global Forum website for more information.

Hiroshima and Peace Program in Summer 2010

From July 27th to August 7th, 2010, I attended an international peace study course called Hiroshima and Peace. This program was organized by Hiroshima City University and Hiroshima Peace Institution in Japan. The course allowed me to achieve a better understanding of peace by learning the history of Hiroshima, the first city that experienced the atomic bomb. She also came to realize that students have a unique mission not only to pursue peace but also to discover ways of contributing to it by entering more fully into lectures and discussions on peace, war and nuclear culture, such as the course provided. Jin had opportunities to speak with Hiroshima Mayors, past and present, as the student representative of the program, and meet with atomic bomb survivors. On her last day in Hiroshima, Seon Mi Jin participated in the 2010 Annual Peace Memorial Ceremony attended by the current UN Secretary General and the US Ambassador to Japan.

Visit the Hiroshima and Peace Program website for more information.

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Conference in Summer 2010

The PBRC supported seven SUA students to attend the first annual HPAIR (Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations) Asia Conference. Unlike previous years, HPAIR combined their annual Business and Academic Conferences into the Asia Conference. The HPAIR 2010 Asia Conference was held in Singapore from August 20th to the 24th, hosted by Singapore Management University. Various issues were highlighted throughout the conference in panels covering such diverse topics as international law, environmental security, energy, business strategy & management, and entrepreneurship. Looking back, one participant, Maiko Miura from the Class of 2013, reminisces; "I was able to attend the International Business Management Panel fully funded by the PBRC grant. Not only was I able to experience Singaporean culture, but I was also able to make vital career-related connections. For example, I met the Japanese CEO of McDonalds and the marketing director for PRADA, both of whom impressed me with their international business experiences. Pursuing international business management as a possibility after SUA, I feel that this experience has given me a lot of insight towards my future goals."

Visit the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Conference website for more information.

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