Local Connections, Global Impact: Geneva Students at International Telecommunications Union

| October 18, 2013
Geneva students volunteered at the International Telecommunications Union in advance of its Global Youth Summit in Costa Rica.

Webster Geneva students volunteered at the International Telecommunications Union in advance of its Global Youth Summit in Costa Rica.

Thanks to Webster University local connections, a group of School of Communications students at the Geneva campus recently had a hand in an international conference whose findings were presented to the United Nations.

The Webster University Geneva students volunteered at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), brainstorming Internet-related issues that were presented at the United Nations General Assembly in late September.

The students brainstormed on telecommunication strategies for the Global Youth Summit.

The students brainstormed on telecommunication issues that were presented to the U.N. General Assembly.

Their work involved creating a social media hub where issues related to initiatives for the ITU’s Global Youth Summit, held in Costa Rica Sept. 9-10, were generated and communicated around the world.

Tammy Rosso, department head of Media Communications at Webster’s Geneva campus, said this type of opportunity comes with the territory at this Swiss campus.

“Taking advantage of Geneva’s diverse international organizations enables students to get a feel for how UN organizations work, the types of issues they address and the related work involved in moving such issues forward,” Rosso said.

“These real-life work experiences provide students with valuable insights into the UN’s mandates, activities and goals. The networking opportunities provide students with a head start in their careers and volunteering at such events look great on their CVs.”

Such opportunities are eye-opening for Webster students like Savanna Wilson. “Through this experience I realized young people can be a positive, driving force for change and we can contribute to the development goals of 2015 and beyond,” Wilson said.

The students conceived a social media hub to facilitate live, international interaction during the summit.

The students conceived a social media hub to facilitate live, international interaction during the summit.

International Relations major Leila Ajjaz organized the Webster team and helped lead the discussions addressing the role of ICTs in the 2015 millennium goals.

A social media squad, consisting of six Geneva students, tweeted and posted comments on Facebook from the ITU’s press room during the summit in Costa Rica. During the Kofi Annan conference, the students tweeted in a Google “Hangout” during which they could direct questions to Annan and share their ideas.

During the second day of the summit, 15 students participated in a workshop parallel to the summit in Costa Rica. The best ideas generated in this workshop were filtered back to the Costa Rica team and processed into an outcomes statement presented to the General Assembly.

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