UA Global Summit 2016
Each year, Winners and Highly Commended Entrants are invited to Dublin to attend the UA Global Summit – a “Davos for students”. The UA Global Summit is a unique four-day event (November each year) during which the top students from around the world take part in discussions, workshops and events all geared towards enhancing their personal development, encouraging responsible leadership and equipping them with the knowledge they need to further themselves, their ideas and research.
Perfect – three of the best days of my life so far. Gave me clarity to think through a few hard decisions about what direction I want my career to take and has affirmed some aspirations of mine.” (Winner, 2015)
The Summit is an exclusive event in that only Winners and Highly Commended Entrants can attend. The event is designed to celebrate these outstanding undergraduates from across the world, and to inspire them with speakers assembled from a diverse range of backgrounds; as diverse as the attendees themselves. The four-day conference provides the opportunity to display their winning work at UPresent, with an audience comprising their fellow Summit attendees, i.e. like-minded, ambitious young academics from an array of disciples. The UA Global Summit promotes collaboration among these future leaders, encouraging them to build lifelong professional and personal relationships.
The City of Dublin – a city steeped in history and associated with such scholars, academics and visionaries as Jonathan Swift, Earnest Walton, Constance Markiewicz, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker and Mary Robinson – is our venue over the course of the Summit. We host the world’s top students in some of Dublin’s most historic and stunning buildings around the city, including City Hall, Dublin Castle, Iveagh House and Farmleigh House.
‘The Colloquium is an inspiring day of talks and breakout sessions, featuring established academics and thought leaders. Summit attendees are encouraged to ask questions, get involved, and bring their own knowledge and experience to every conversation. The Colloquium encourages a culture of inter-disciplinary cooperation among our winners, as well as a sense of responsible leadership – to empower them to believe that they can and will be at the forefront of their respective fields in years to come. Previous speakers include a Nobel prize-winning astrophysicist, a choreographer, a film-producer-turned-educator, a scientist, a philosopher and a political lawyer.
It was obvious that a lot of careful thought and planning had gone into each minute of the day, and the team managed to put together a truly fantastic programme of talks, discussions, and activities.” (Winner, 2015)