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Learning to make a positive impact on our shared economy

How has China, one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, not only stood the test of time, but emerged as the economy that everyone else sets their watch to in the 21st century? You and your students are invited to join us in March 2014 for an up-close look at this exciting and dynamic country at our annual Global Student Leaders Summit. By thinking about global and local economic issues in whole new ways, students will be in the unique position to lead change and make a difference in today’s world.

You and your students will spend a week traveling on one of six immersive tours, exploring China’s range of growth and development and how its leaders are supporting this economic change.

Students will gather for a two-day leadership conference in Shanghai where they will work together using critical thinking and problem-solving strategies to address issues impacting our shared future. Keynote Speakers include former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr., as well as Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg of NPR’s “Planet Money.”

Throughout the Summit, students will:

  • Hear from world economic leaders as they share their expertise and knowledge
  • Explore how Chinese students are approaching the new global economy
  • Collaborate with peers to identify and develop solutions to our global economic challenges
  • Create innovative solutions to bring back and put into action at home
  • Expand their global perspectives through better understanding of the impact of global issues

For more information, fill out this form or call us today at 800-637-8222.

Preparing the next generation of global leaders

Students from the United States and China will gather for two full days at the leadership conference in Shanghai to apply their knowledge and discover solutions to issues impacting our shared future. Our keynote speakers, including former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Jr., and NPR’s “Planet Money” team of Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson, will inspire students with their vast experience and knowledge of world economies. Students will work with partner organizations in expert workshops to explore innovative programs and practices in the field and then work collaboratively in student workshops to critically assess current issues and propose innovative solutions to effect change in their own communities and around the world.

Keynote speakers:

Jon Huntsman, Jr.
The twice-elected Governor of Utah and former U.S. Ambassador to China from 2009-2011, will bring a policy perspective to our conversation about the new global economy. Governor Huntsman will also share his vision on key issues and the economic challenges facing America today. 

Adam Davidson
Co-founder and co-host of NPR’s “Planet Money,” Davidson also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine. Prior to “Planet Money,” Davidson was the International Business and Economics Correspondent for NPR, where he traveled around the world to cover the global economy.

Alex Blumberg
Financial journalist and contributing editor for NPR’s “Planet Money,” Blumberg also serves as an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University as well as producer for the public radio program “This American Life.”

Expert workshops
In smaller breakout sessions, students will work with partner organizations to explore innovative programs and practices in the field. Workshops will be facilitated by global and local partners and focus on practical issues. From social enterprise to employment in the global marketplace, these sessions will seek to compare and contrast ideas and practices in the field.

Student workshops
These workshops, which put students in the role of designers and innovators, are organized to cultivate leadership skills and challenge students to apply their learning and experiences in order to build optimistic solutions to real-world problems. In small groups, they will collaborate on a challenge with others from across North America and China using the design thinking process.  

Innovation village
A culminating activity for the Summit, the innovation village is an opportunity for all students to communicate and showcase the outcome of the student workshops. Teams will receive feedback from peers, partners and experts, and collaboratively reflect on their experience.

Six ways to discover China. Which one works for you?

We’ve designed six Global Student Leaders Summit itineraries for you to choose from — during which all students will meet in Shanghai at our two-day conference for students and their teachers.

Choose your favorite learning environment:

Shanghai
Explore China’s transition from production-based economics to knowledge economics and learn how their businesses are meeting the demands of the new economy.
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Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing
Discover the old and the new in Shanghai and Beijing. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the historical significance of the Terracotta Warriors.
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Beijing, Dunhuang and Shanghai
Travel along the path of the Silk Road, an international trading route dating back two millennia. Get an in-depth look at the history of international trade and economic interdependence.
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Shanghai and Hangzhou
Learn about rural-urban migration including the controversial hukou system, and China’s regional developmental imbalances.
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Shanghai and Beijing
See how traditions influence current culture and experience the new, cosmopolitan culture that has developed as a result of tis largely entrepreneurial, tech-driven economy.
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Shanghai and Hong Kong
Take a look at the country’s traditional path of capitalistic economic development as well as the alternative model of government control over production to learn why each is successful.
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Read what people had to say about the 2013 Global Student Leaders Summit

“We did some incredible things and learned from the experts, but I think the conference at the end of the week was the most effective part of the trip. Here were students and teachers from at least four different countries coming together for one cause; to help make the world a better place.”

“I loved seeing students from different countries work together to solve real-world problems and come up with solutions within just four short hours. I loved being able to use the design thinking process to really get into the mindset that companies and world leaders have to use in order to overcome obstacles. I was amazed at the creativity and resourcefulness students put into their projects and presentations.”

“From what I saw this past week, I would have to agree with Severn Cullis-Suzuki in that this generation is not the leaders of tomorrow, but the leaders of today.”

— Juliana Wall, St. George's Independent School, Collierville, TN 

 

“What an experience. The leadership conference was emotional, educational and a fantastic learning opportunity for the kids. Beginning to end, it was just amazing. I know the kids were just as affected by this whole experience as I was.”
— Elizabeth C. Hurley, Biology 1 and IB ESS, Marshall HS, Fairfax, VA
 
 
“The action-packed agenda and challenge of the Innovation Village kept all the delegates beautifully engaged, as did the outstanding speakers. We will never forget meeting Vice President Gore. All in all a most memorable experience with so many wonderful ideas to build on and implement locally.”
— Judy Ross, Director of Global Studies, St. Mildreds-Lightbourn School, Ontario, Canada


“The Costa Rica Summit was a perfect fit for our daughter’s interests and passions, and she has come home with even more ideas about how she can impact the world in positive ways. Listening to her share story after story has given us an even greater appreciation for the fabulous activities she was able to enjoy.”
— Brent and Natalie Miller, Parents, Puyallup, Washington