Finally! The exams are over and I can actually apologize for the long silence. Just a side note before I actually continue with the long due Dubai entry.
Conceptualized by two very talented bloggers, Em and Asma, HFW started in November 2010 and involved bloggers from over 70 countries. You can read all about the past event here. Really cant wait for the upcoming one this June.
As previously promised, my next Dubai post would be revolving around the theme ‘Pray’, but unlike Liz Gilbert’s enlightening sensations in the ashram in India, unfortunately, the only palpitations I felt there was when I saw the 50% off sign at HnM.
Enter The EWB,
“ Education Without Borders is a biennial international student conference creating networks across cultures in order to understand, and generate solutions for some of the world’s greatest challenges. This is achieved by engaging the world’s most innovative students and leaders of business, technology, education, and the humanitarian sector in a collaborative forum that culminates with commitment to action.”
I attended the Conference in Dubai/ Abu Dhabi, in March 2011.
The cream on top of the cupcake, apart from the incredible Arab hospitality, was definitely the other participants. Never in my life have I seen such a selfless, motivated bunch of students who are so confident of their ability to change the world.
While attending a lecture on sustainable development and hearing a participant ask a question on preserving the existence of snow leopards in Russia, and another business development workshop and having participants from African countries asking about the inability to get small business loans, it really opened up my eyes to the problems that exist in the world.
It was also a great opportunity to meet students from countries all around the globe from Azerbaijan to Russia to Indonesia to South Africa. (Strangely enough i didn’t meet anyone from the UK or Malaysia tho)
I don’t think it’ll do them much justice if I were to do a write up of some of their ideas, so I’m just going to leave with pictures and a reminder to all existing undergrads and grad students, don’t miss it the next one in 2013!!
Adora Svitak deserves a special mention here. Check out her TED talk here on how adults can learn from children.