Nick-Wayne-GES_web Nick Wayne, a fourth-year medical student and chairperson of the Tygerberg Student Council, attended a prestigious international summit earlier this year which afforded him the opportunity to engage with young changemakers. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to learn from internationally recognised experts to develop projects that can tackle any social change, from education and healthcare to sustainability. This summit, known as the Global Engagement Summit (GES), was held at the Northwestern University (NU) in Evanston, Illinois in the United States of America and attended by 500 delegates from 45 countries. "I have gained practical skills which are invaluable for my career, but ones I would have never developed if the strategic partnership between Stellenbosch University (SU) and NU did not exist," Wayne said.  13040872_10153541111068715_6176160340583018489_o Wayne used the opportunity to learn more about healthcare management, with a specific focus on marketing skills. "My experience at the summit equipped me with the skills to realise my current goals and helped me to develop an outline of what I needed to do to tackle future projects."  He worked with a mentor from NU's Medical School and consulted with members staff from the Kellogg Business School to develop a multifaceted approach to healthcare management. Interesting sessions he attended during the summit included presentations on  two minute effective pitches (elevator pitches); how to make projects sustainable; making a profit and being socially conscious; and public healthcare.   Wayne said what he appreciated most was being afforded the opportunity to engage with brilliant minds from all around the world and form part of an incredible international network of alumni. "The network is active and supportive of new ideas and definitely is an environment which I can utilise in the future," he said.  "I especially want to thank SU's Postgraduate and International Office that afforded me this opportunity and provided invaluable support," Wayne said. Source: Stellenbosch University News

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