JCU students at Global Voices 2014

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Two JCU students have been given the opportunity to participate in an international program.

By Domanii Cameron

Two JCU Townsville students will get the chance to experience international policy as they head overseas to take part in Global Voices conferences.

Bachelor of Arts and Law student Bryn Smith and Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery student Phoebe Shiu  have been selected to represent Australia at two separate Global Voices conferences this year.


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JCU Students: Phoebe Shiu and Bryn Smith have been chosen to attend Global Voices conferences. Photo courtesy of Phoebe Shiu

The 22-year-old Bachelor of Arts and Law student Bryn Smith focused his research proposal around the links between poverty and food security and what the World Bank and Australia could do to address poverty issues around the world.

Bryn is currently attending a conference in Washington DC.

He will have the opportunity to hear from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Christine Lagarde.

On his return, he aims to finish his degree and use the knowledge he gains from the experiences to make himself a stronger applicant for job interviews.

“I’m going to really try and anchor a job with the Royal Australian Air Force.

“I want to work in the Intelligence Division in the Information Wing as an Intelligence Officer,” he says.

The delegation will also meet privately with Australian Ambassador to the United States, The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, and the World Bank’s Executive Director for Australia, Michael Willcock while in Washington DC.

Medical student Phoebe who will be travelling to Nairobi, Kenya in late June says she is looking forward to all the activities.

The 21-year-old medicine student’s research proposal entailed looking at Sustainable Health in Low-Resource settings such as slums and refugee camps through the use of vaccinations and the potential improvements that could be implemented to increase efficiency.

“I am interested in Global and International Health and I believe this trip will give me an insight into something I would like to pursue in the future which is medical aid work in developing countries,” Phoebe says.

While in Kenya, she will be spending time at the UNEA for policy making for sustainable development and will also be visiting orphanages and supporting the local businesses.

“I think being able to experience United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will be fantastic.

“To really see world leaders congregating and discussing implementing and committing to goals and tasks for global development.,” she says.

Both students will have the opportunity to partake in numerous seminars, workshops and briefings.

IN CANBERRA: Phoebe Shiu (far left) and Bryn Smith (far right) with the Foreign Affairs Minister The Honour Julie Bishop

IN CANBERRA: Phoebe Shiu (far left) and Bryn Smith (far right) with the Foreign Affairs Minister The Honour Julie Bishop

Communications Officer for Global Voices Kirby Taylor says the students will be provided with an array of professional development opportunities.

“These opportunities include high profile networking opportunities, developing new writing and research skills, the potential to get their work published and the chance to spend time with like-minded young Australians who are also passionate about international diplomacy,” Kirby says.

James Cook University has a strong partnership with Global Voices that always sees many students participating.

“Our partnership with them (JCU) began with four students in 2013 but we also had two students from JCU attend APEC and G20 delegations in 2011 and 2012,” Kirby says.

“This was through a partnership specifically with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

“This year will see at least 3 students partaking in our programs.”

The primary purpose of Global Voices is to educate.

“We believe that education is a powerful driver of change in society and we seek to provide a platform for young Australians to engage with youth and other leaders from across the world,” Kirby says.

“We believe that young people are powerful agents of change and that practical education opportunities are crucial to unlocking this potential.”

Students who wish to apply must submit a short personal statement, a specific research proposal related to the delegation’s theme, and a copy of your CV or resume.

“Delegates are chosen on the basis of what they can contribute to a delegation, but also what they will gain from the experience.

“The selected young leaders are high achieving individuals aged 18 – 30 who are active in their local and national communities and have a passion for youth empowerment and global affairs,” Kirby says.

Students can apply directly through Global Voices when applications open in February and July.