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School Brings TEDGlobal to Campus to Connect Students Together with Business Leaders

June 23, 2013
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The U.S. and other economically-troubled nations should look to China and Africa for lessons on how to bounce back. That was the message from a number of economists who shared their views with members of the School of Business community in a live web stream from Scotland in June. The School hosted an event featuring presentations made at the TEDGlobal (Technology, Entertainment, Design) program, which was held June 10 – 14. 

International economist and author Dambisa Moyo pointed to China’s success in boosting secondary education to 82 percent of the population from 28 percent, as an example of an effort that has helped grow its economy. 

Charles Robertson, global chief economist for leading investment banking firm Renaissance Capital, pointed to Africa.

“Life expectancy has increased one year every three years,” said Robertson. The HIV rates are down by 27 percent…The fight against Malaria has [been] won.”

Bay Elliot, executive vice president of The Farwell Group, and Mary Young, director of the Ziff Graduate Career Services Center, helped coordinate the event. “The goal of hosting TED at UM is to keep the Miami community involved and connect students with members of the business community,” said Young.

Anuj Sharma and Cecile George, who both graduated from the School’s MBA program in May, said they attended the event to hear from thought leaders and agreed it was a good opportunity to establish connections with the Miami community.

“I am actually trying to promote my website for a project I am hoping to launch by the end of the summer,” said George, who studied international business and marketing. “Events like this give me the chance to meet some technologically-minded people, get some feedback and network.” 

 “TED speeches are cutting edge, and [the speakers] are usually very well known or they come from prestigious backgrounds,” said Sharma. “I think it’s interesting to hear what they have to say, and it’s a good way to bring people from the community together. 

Among the other featured speakers included Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou.

Started as a small conference in 1984, TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple conferences, the TED Prize, and our TED Talks videos. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

TED is a nonprofit organization that aims to support world-changing ideas with multiple conferences, the TED Prize, and TED Talks videos. TEDGlobal explores international ideas, issues and creativity in a four-day conference that moves around the globe. Since 2005, the annual conference has been held in Africa, England and Scotland -- and, in 2014, will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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