Getting involved in campus life can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Opportunities to attend events, conferences, study tours and the like are valuable ways to get more from your degree, and the annual TEDxQUT is no exception. Since 2013, TEDxQUT has provided a platform for students, alumni and members of the community to take the spotlight and share their passion, innovation and creativity. Like the renowned TED organisation that it is associated with, TEDxQUT is devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. The difference between TED and TEDx events is that TEDx events are organised independently to allow us to hear from more speakers from different corners of the globe. This year the theme surrounding the remarkable ideas was ‘Do It Yourself’.
The 9th UN University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) took place at the Office of the United Nations in Bangkok, Thailand, from 1 to 7 August 2018. The theme “Inspiring Confidence, Inspiring Change” drew 1,057 delegates from 87 countries, and I was one of them. In May, I decided to apply for the QUT Business School Sponsorship to attend the event. I am studying a Master of Business majoring in International Business and hold a Bachelor of International Relations. I have long used reports by the United Nations and related institutions for university projects, news writing and market research work, but I wanted to learn more about the day-to-day activities of the UN that aim to stimulate economic development, respect for human rights and preservation of the environment. It is not often that we get to say that our expectations were exceeded, but in my case, the USLS gave me more than I could have asked for.