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IE University to host first-ever IB World Student Conference

Written on June 28, 2012 by Roberto Arribas in General, Highlights

IB students take a dive into social entrepreneurship  

More than 240 teens enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) are scheduled to descend on Segovia July 1, in advance of the opening of the first-ever IB World Student Conference. One of two IB conferences to be held this July, the Segovia event, located on the IE University campus, provides a venue for extracurricular learning in a collaborative environment amidst like-minded youth eager to dive into a rich intercultural experience with their peers. The teens will participate in five days of chaperoned activities that support examination of global engagement through social entrepreneurship, and which enable them to advance their personal Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) projects, a prerequisite to earning the IB Diploma. All registrants, aged 15-17, are enrolled in the IB Diploma Programme; conference participants hail from dozens of countries, from Spain and as far away as Australia, Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, the Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom.. The IB World Student Conference at IE University runs from July 2-6.

During their week on the IE campus, a magnificent convent from the XV Century, conference-goers will devise innovative action plans to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. They will work in Global Action Teams to advance grass-roots social entrepreneurship projects that focus on Culture, Ecology, Social Justice, and Sports.

“Diploma Programme students are characteristically inquisitive, thoughtful, open-minded, caring, reflective, and pro-active,” says Jeffrey Beard, IB Director General. “These particular DP students are exemplary in that they also exhibit courage, a strong global-community spirit, and uncommon initiative in taking big steps towards personal growth, strengthened leadership, and independence. Their work during this conference,” Beard adds, “is sure to reap tremendous rewards for them, individually and collectively. Many of them expect their Segovia connections to last long-term and their learning experience to lay a foundation for future global entrepreneurial endeavors.”

The IB Organization awarded 21 scholarships to students attending both World Student Conferences; nine scholarship recipients will attend the conference in Segovia and 12 will attend the conference taking place in Vancouver, July 23–27. Common themes and purposes emerged in essays students submitted about why they were eager to participate. These themes match up with the IB’s purpose in convening the five-day-long learning laboratories for students:

  • To learn to adjust to new surroundings and working with new people.
  • To develop new methods of problem-solving and to think ‘outside the box’, i.e. outside the parameters of what is common in their own country of origin.
  • To gain new cultural insights through peers studying the IB in other countries, who speak different languages, practice different religions, eat different foods, and come from various socio-politico-economic circumstances.
  • To become inspired by their peers and to enrich one another with ideas to implement in their home communities.
  • To learn from potential future leaders and to forge global ties. 

“It’s a pleasure for IE University to host the first IB World Student Conference,” said IE University President Santiago Iñiguez. “We share strong educational values, and care deeply about cross cultural engagement and entrepreneurship–key factors in shaping tomorrow’s global citizens.”

Plenary speakers in Segovia are web developer Luis Ivan Cuende, a ‘lover of free software,’ who promotes social change through technology; and activist/social entrepreneur Jobo Scarpelini, now 23, who began his career at 13 in Santos, an impoverished areas of Brazil. Scarpellini encourages leadership in improving underserved communities. Other inspirational speakers include Alec Loorz, co-founder of iMatter, a nonprofit organization that provides youth leadership training and empowerment and that focuses on climate change; and Rocco Falconer, the founder of Planting Promise, also a winner of the Staples/Ashoka Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition.

The first conference opens on July 2 at 9:30 am with welcoming remarks from IE University President Santiago Iñiguez and IB Director General Jeffrey Beard. The complete conference agenda appears online: http://ibwscsegovia2012.org/agenda.php 

Students who received scholarships will blog throughout the conferences, starting July 2: http://blogs.ibo.org/worldstudentconferences-segovia/

See the complete list of scholarship donors online at http://www.ibo.org/wsc 

About the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate, a nonprofit foundation, offers four challenging primary and secondary education programs for a worldwide community of students and schools. Since 1968, IB programs have prepared students to live productive lives in a globalized and interdependent society, and to assert leadership roles in creating a more peaceful, harmonious world. The IB currently operates learning programs in more than 3,000 schools, and in 140 countries. To learn more, visit www.ibo.org

About IE University

IE University is an extension of IE’s education model for undergraduate education, employing an innovative approach to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs run at its Segovia and Madrid campuses. Its student body currently comprises 1,100 students from 75 countries and a unique faculty with some 400 Spanish and international experts. IE University runs officially recognized degree programs in English and Spanish in the fields of business administration, architecture, biology, communication, law, finance, psychology, and international relations. IE University has a markedly international slant and offers undergraduate and graduate degree titles, with a greater focus on graduate programs, similar to the U.S. model.

(Spanish version)

IE University, sede de la primera conferencia mundial de alumnos de Bachillerato Internacional 

Los estudiantes de IB se sumergen en el espíritu empresarial social  

Doscientos cuarenta adolescentes de más de treinta países matriculados en el Programa de Diploma (DP) de Bachillerato Internacional (IB) participarán en la primera Conferencia Mundial de alumnos de Bachillerato Internacional, que tendrá lugar del 2 al 6 de julio en IE University.  IB celebrará en julio dos conferencias mundiales para sus alumnos, la primera en Europa, en IE University (España) y la segunda en la Universidad de British Columbia (UBC) en Canadá.

 El Campus de IE University en Segovia, ubicado en un emblemático convento del siglo XV, proporciona un lugar ideal para el aprendizaje extra-curricular en un ambiente de colaboración entre jóvenes con ideas afines y con ganas de sumergirse en una rica experiencia intercultural con sus compañeros. Los adolescentes participan durante cinco días de actividades guiadas, organizadas conjuntamente por la universidad e IB , que sirven para examinar el compromiso mundial por medio del espíritu emprendedor social y que permite a los estudiantes poder avanzar en sus proyectos de creatividad, acción y servicio (CAS), un requisito previo para lograr el Diploma IB. 

Todos los participantes, de quince a diecisiete años, se han matriculado en el Programa de Diploma IB; acuden de países de los cinco continentes, incluida España y otros como Australia, Canadá, China, Francia, India, Japón, Méjico, Singapur, Holanda, Estados Unidos y el Reino Unido.  De esta manera, Segovia se convertirá en la capital europea de los alumnos del IB, que participarán en talleres centrados en Design Thinking, una metodología de vanguardia para fomentar la innovación que utiliza los procesos de pensamiento de un diseñador como un modelo para resolver problemas complejos. 

Durante la semana en el campus de IE University, los asistentes, asesorados por profesores y emprendedores, concebirán planes de acción innovadores para solventar los problemas más apremiantes del mundo. Trabajarán en “Equipos de Acción Global” para trazar proyectos de espíritu emprendedor social a nivel básico que se centran en la cultura, la ecología, la justicia social y los deportes. 

“Los estudiantes del programa de diploma se caracterizan por ser inquisitivos, reflexivos, abiertos, humanitarios, solidarios y se anticipan a los hechos”, dice Jeffrey Beard, Director General de IB. “Estos estudiantes del DP, en particular, son ejemplares por su coraje, su fuerte espíritu de comunidad mundial y por iniciativas hacia el crecimiento personal, el liderazgo fortalecido y la independencia. “Su trabajo durante esta conferencia -añade Beard – seguro que les reporta tremendas recompensas, tanto individuales como colectivas. Muchos de ellos esperan que los contactos de Segovia perduren a largo plazo y que su experiencia de aprendizaje sienta las bases de futuras aventuras emprendedoras a nivel mundial”. 

“Es un placer para IE University albergar la primera Conferencia Mundial de Estudiantes de IB,” afirma el presidente de IE University, Santiago Iñiguez. “Compartimos fuertes valores educativos y nos preocupamos mucho por la implicación inter-cultural y el espíritu emprendedor, factores clave en la formación de los ciudadanos mundiales del mañana”. 

Jóvenes emprendedores sociales que cosecharon éxitos en sus proyectos a nivel internacional han sido invitados a compartir su experiencia con los alumnos. Entre ellos:  el desarrollador de webs Luis Iván Cuende, un “amante del software libre” que promueve el cambio social a través de la tecnología; el activista/emprendedor social Jobo Scarpelini, de veintitrés años, que comenzó su carrera a los trece años en Santos, una de las zonas empobrecidas de Brasil. Scarpelini motiva el liderazgo mejorando las comunidades desfavorecidas. Otros de los ponentes son Alec Loorz, cofundador de iMatter, una organización sin ánimo de lucro que proporciona prácticas y otorga poder de liderazgo a jóvenes y que se centra en el cambio climático, y Rocco Falconer, el fundador de Planting Promise y ganador de la Competición de Espíritu Emprendedor social Juvenil Staples/Ashoka. 

La primera conferencia comienza el 2 de julio a las 9:30 horas inaugurada por el presidente de IE University, Santiago Iñiguez y el director general del IB, Jeffrey Beard. La agenda completa de la conferencia se encuentra en: http://ibwscsegovia2012.org/agenda.php 

A partir del 2 de julio, los estudiantes compartirán sus experiencias en un blog: http://blogs.ibo.org/worldstudentconferences-segovia/ 

Sobre Bachillerato Internacional

Bachillerato Internacional, una fundación sin ánimo de lucro, ofrece cuatro programas educativos de primaria y secundaria retadores para una comunidad mundial de escuelas y estudiantes. Desde 1968, los programas IB han preparado a los estudiantes para que tengan vidas productivas en una sociedad globalizada e interdependiente y para reivindicar puestos de liderazgo en el momento de crear un mundo  más pacífico y armonioso. El IB actualmente opera programas educativos en más de 3.000 escuelas y en 140 países. Para saber más, visite www.ibo.org.

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