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Trent Students Make History at World Bank Forum in Washington
February 2, 2007

Four student envoys from Trent University made history recently when they became the world’s first youth to attend the World Bank Global Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation, held in Washington D.C from February 13-15.


Their role during the conference was to participate in the sessions and recommend how youth can more easily take part in future World Bank Global Forums. The four upper-year students who attended the event were: Christopher Evelyn, Kate Taylor, Jen Thurston, and Ricardo Tranjan. Each student is pursuing a degree in international development studies at Trent University.


“I was both honoured and excited to be one of the first students to attend this event,” said Mr. Evelyn, a fourth-year student who came to Trent from Bridgetown, Barbados as an international student. “It was a great opportunity to open the door for other students.”


President Bonnie Patterson Participated in Forum’s Roundtable on International Research and Development


Joining the student delegation was Trent University President Bonnie Patterson, who was invited by the World Bank to participate in a Global Forum’s roundtable discussion entitled Harnessing Research and Development Capacity from OECD Countries.  President Patterson was the only representative of a Canadian university speaking as a panellist during the Global Forum.


“Trent was uniquely positioned to contribute to the discussion that looked at universities’ role in international development,” said President Patterson. “I am also very proud of our Trent students in their ability to accomplish an important milestone for youth involvement in international affairs.”


Entitled Building Science, Technology, and Innovation Capacity for Sustainable Growth and Poverty Reduction, the Global Forum was an international conference convened in collaboration with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Department for International Development, Global Research Alliance, Inter-American Development Bank, Science Initiative Group, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Through this Forum, the World Bank and its partners sought to understand the lessons of previous and ongoing science, technology and innovation (STI) capacity building experiences and map out new and more effective ways for governments, industry, academia, foundations, and donors to work together to apply STI capacity building to development in low and middle-income countries.


For more information about the World Bank Global Forum is available at this website.