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A few weeks ago, SCEM student Just Akber Jafri , Class of 2018, took part in the One Young World Summit in Bogota. Here, he shares his experiences from Bogota:

I had the pleasure and the honor of representing Jacobs University at the One Young World Summit in Bogota, Colombia this year. It was a 4-day summit where 1,300 young leaders bearing 196 flags came together to discuss global and local issues; pledging to take collective action to change our world and societies for the better. During this conference, I was able to interact with some of the world’s most influential business, political and humanitarian leaders such as Prof. Muhammad Yunus, Kofi Annan and many more. We educated each other on societal issues that were related to topics such as Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation, Corruption, Environmental Damage, Corporate Social Responsibility, Disabilities, War and Peace and many others. More importantly, we got to hear from people already taking initiative to help societies that are affected by these topics and improving lives.

I found myself truly inspired by the commitment for change that was present within each member of the summit and some of the stories that the delegates shared with one another were truly touching. I heard first hand-accounts from survivors of genocides, ex-FAARC rebels, refugees and many other people. The stories they shared were not what we find on the news or social media but more sincere and honest. For me, some of these accounts were eye-opening and the realization of what all happens in the world and goes unnoticed dawned upon me.

Now that I am a One Young World Ambassador, I believe I have the responsibility and the opportunity to combine social efforts with fellow ambassadors from my country and those around the world in order to increase the results of our efforts by many folds. For me, that would mean that the NGO I have been part of since 2009 (Green Volunteers Pakistan - and focuses on Natural Disaster Rehabilitation, Children’s Healthcare and Education support for underprivileged neighborhoods etc.) can now join its efforts with other NGOs founded by ambassadors I met at the conference. I can also seek assistance from the valuable network of counsellors that One Young World has to offer its ambassadors so that I can learn one-on-one from experienced professionals and help my organization grow more pragmatically and impact a larger number of people.
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A couple of days ago, students met with experts from Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen (could be translated as "Chamber of Employees"). They got information on social security system in Germany and discussed visa issues - all important topics for those who'd like to stay in Germany after graduation. It was a highly informative and interesting meeting with lots of insights. ... See MoreSee Less

A couple of days ago, students met with experts from Arbeitnehmerkammer Bremen (could be translated as "Chamber of Employees"). They got information on social security system in Germany and discussed visa issues - all important topics for those who'd like to stay in Germany after graduation. It was a highly informative and interesting meeting with lots of insights.

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Welcome all new students! Special welcome to Jacobs University's graduate students! We are happy to have you here. Let's start your journey here! ... See MoreSee Less

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Within our series of “Meet alumni”, today Shashank - graduate of 2014 - writes about his professional experiences since graduation, his experiences and personal development at Jacobs University. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Shashank via facebook.

"My name is Shashank, I am currently working as an Analytics Manger in Commercial Supply Chain Management of Coloplast. I recently started this new job that is located in Copenhagen. I came to Denmark after graduation from Jacobs University in June 2014 to start my professional life in aviation industry.
Companies are in need of intelligent and open minded professionals who can grow while being outside of their comfort zone. The whole world now is connected, and all sorts of transactions occur across different cultures. You need to interculturally adept to be successful. My studies and my overall experiences at Jacobs supported me in become exactly that. Of course, you have to put your heart and mind to it as well. Beyond that, I gained a lot of things throughout my studies which help me a lot in my current professional environment. If I had to limit it to three, I would mention that I learned to become a structured problem solver; I developed lots of soft skills; and I learned how to have fun while working... 🙂
Of course, it is not just skills that I learned which made Jacobs a memorable place for me. It is also the learning environment which gave space to open, stimulating discussions on a broad range of topics. And it is about the people: I made great friends - and I include professors and staff in this category too!
From my own experience, I recommend to make yourself familiar with your host country: though you will be learning in English, make sure to learn German and meet young communities in Bremen."
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Several students of SCEM share their experiences with you: what do you like about this program? Lawal likes its practical relevance and the job opportunities in particular. Here, you find Lawal's answer: youtu.be/DJgn8-QNv0E ... See MoreSee Less

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