UKZN’s One Young World Challenge Inspires Global Greatness
UKZN has joined forces with One Young World (OYW), a global forum for young leaders, to launch the UKZN OYW Challenge. It is expected that this will enhance the University’s international profile, advancing global student mobility and resulting in strategic partnerships.
OYW is a charitable organisation based in the United Kingdom that gathers together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections that will create positive change. Founded by Mr David Jones and Ms Kate Robertson in 2009, OYW hosts an annual summit where promising young talent from different countries and sectors meets to debate, address and formulate solutions to the world’s most pressing issues.
The UKZN challenge will encourage the Institution’s top achievers to find innovative solutions that have global impact. They will also be eligible for the UKZN 2019 OYW Scholarship to attend the annual OYW Summit.
Past summits have seen delegates from more than 190 countries addressed by political, business and humanitarian leaders like Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, Ms Emma Watson, Professor Muhammed Yunus and Chef Jamie Olivier. The summit is the largest gathering of youth in the world.
At this year’s summit, students will have the opportunity to showcase their work to a network of global leaders. They will then be appointed as OYW Ambassadors, enabling them to establish their own initiatives or capacitate existing ones, harnessing the power of the OYW network.
The UKZN OYW Challenge comprises of two phases of selection. Phase 1 is where students are required to demonstrate their leadership and potential to inspire greatness through a written and video submission. In Phase 2, the finalists are required to display innovative thinking and present their solution for the city, province and country to a panel of amazing judges!
Applicants should meet the following requirements:
• Be UKZN students aged between 18 and 30
• Currently at least in their second-year of study and be enrolled for studies at UKZN for the 2020 academic year
• Available from 21 to 27 October to attend the OYW Summit
• Passionate about South Africa and the opportunity to have an impact on global issues
• Demonstrate actions taken to address climate change
• Understand key local and global issues
• Be committed to sharing knowledge gains with fellow UKZN students and to applying it locally
Who knows? You could be the next UKZN OYW Ambassador!!!
To apply click HERE.
Words: Hlengiwe Precious Khwela