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UCL becomes Clinton Global Initiative University

29 October 2013

UCL has joined the ranks of leading international universities who are part of the Clinton Global Initiative University.

The initiative – which builds on the model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to tackle global challenges – was launched in 2007 to nurture and support the next generation of leaders who are part of universities around the world.

As part of the initiative, UCL Advances – the university’s centre for entrepreneurship – is seeking students to apply to become CGI U Campus representatives, with the two chosen having the opportunity to travel to the CGI annual meeting, which this year is being held in Arizona State University in Phoenix.

The meeting will bring together nearly 1200 students from around the world to foster change in five key areas – Education, Peace and Human Rights, Public Health, Poverty Alleviation and Environment and Climate Change. They will be joined by youth organisation representatives, celebrity advocates and experts in the respective fields to discuss radical solutions to these challenges.

As well as the opportunity to be a representative, UCL is also looking for students to submit a Commitment to Action– a new, measurable initiative which addresses a specific campus, local or global challenge – to the initiative.

Previous CGI U representatives have included Will Hines, a UCL graduate who’s Commitment to Action was reducing the number of paper receipts given out every year through his company, Reseed.

“Being involved in the initiative is a great opportunity for UCL but more importantly for our students,” said Gups Jagpal, Deputy Director of UCL Advances. “I would definitely encourage people to apply to be a campus representative or put forward a commitment to action and to take part of the excellent opportunities for development and giving back to the community the programme offers.”

To apply to become a CGI U campus representative, click here.