Bright ideas win Clinton seal of approval

India Infoline News Service | Mumbai |

The students won their places by addressing global environmental challenges through community-based projects in Edinburgh.

Nine Edinburgh students have been invited to take part in a global conference hosted by former US President Bill Clinton.
The Clinton Global Initiative event at Arizona State University encourages students to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing concerns.
The students won their places by addressing global environmental challenges through community-based projects in Edinburgh.
The award winning proposals were an urban beekeeping project; a bicycle leasing scheme for students; an urban nature project; and an initiative to create links between Scottish and Tanzanian Schools.
The students will attend the Clinton Global Initiative University conference on 21-23 March.
The successful students are Anna Brand, Kathie Pollard and Emily Gubbini; Max Greenberg and Paul Togneri; Ross Pirie, Kaisa Pietila and Laurene Bellevaux; and Paul Iannetta.
The projects are supported by the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies. The initiative aims to equip students with skills and knowledge through a range of world-leading interdisciplinary postgraduate degrees.
Since its inaugural meeting in 2008, the CGIU has brought together more than 5,500 students from 135 countries.
Clinton Global Initiative University attendees have made more than 4,000 commitments. Projects have included the manufacture of low cost wheelchairs for developing countries, providing drinkable water in disaster zones, and a mobile app that identifies counterfeit drugs.
Edinburgh has committed £10,000 to fund the students’ attendance at the event and to support their commitments to action.
The University of Edinburgh joined the elite group of universities participating in the initiative following the presentation of an honorary degree to President Bill Clinton last year.
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, University of Edinburgh Principal, said: “Edinburgh’s partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University provides a great opportunity for these students. Through the support of the University of Edinburgh’s Global Academies programme the group will focus on improving worldwide health, education, poverty and climate change. This recognises and develops Edinburgh's aim of forging links with partner institutions and organisations on a global scale.”


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