by Andrew and Matthew Patel
Six fortunate Upper Canada College students recently took part in the Global Ideas Institute Initiative at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.
This joint venture between University of Toronto Schools and the Munk School of Global Affairs provided students with an intensive research and interactive opportunity. We worked in teams with other Toronto schools to try and solve a real world “problem.”
This year’s challenge was to create a strategy to improve food-making operations in India in an effort to combat the high amount of child malnutrition present in the country. We had monthly meetings where we heard accomplished university professors lecture about their thoughts on this pressing issue. Undergraduate and graduate students were assigned to student groups to act as mentors and provide strategic advice and help us create our presentation/poster board.
After months of research, collaboration and discussion, the Global Ideas Institute culminated in a day-long symposium where we presented our recommendations for a potential solution to this global malnutrition problem. Leading experts in the field responded to our recommendations and we had an opportunity to discuss and debate our solutions with other participating schools.
We would like to thank Mr. Webb and Ms. Hogan for their continued support over the past year. We appreciate the time they spent coaching us throughout the year. Their input was invaluable. This program allowed us to develop critical thinking, communication and research skills.
We highly recommend other students to participate in this program in the upcoming years.