SDGs Summer School is an educational career guidance program for the pupils of the 10th form who have a year ahead before entering the university and who are aimed at developing their project and management skills.

Every year we invite high school pupils interested in international issues and global problems. They work on the case-studies prepared by the experts of the World Bank for our SDGs Summer School. The cases are based on the real practice and focus on one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a specific region or country. This year the participants worked on the case “Health Services Improvement in Laos People’s Democratic Republic”.

Together with the experts from the World Bank the IBS faculties facilitated the participants to develop and present the solutions to the case challenges.

The opening session, devoted to the world organizations, was delivered by Larisa Fugol and Julia Rybakova, consultants of the World Bank. On the second and third days prof. Vitaliy Epshtain told the participants about the political situation in Laos People’s Democratic Republic and prof. Irina Timonina, the Dean of the International Relations Department, introduced the economic challenges in Laos.

Anna Kazachkova and Valentina Kurchatova, faculties of the IBS Business Communication and English Language Department, helped with the English language issues and presentation skills.

On the last day of the SDGs Summer School 4 groups of participants presented their innovative solutions to the case problems in English. It was a challenge for the panel to define the best group presentation as the award to the best group was the certificate for 20% discount on the tuition fee. Eventually the group was chosen but all the groups received high performance assessment and prizes.

The participants highly appreciated the School organization as well as all the instructors.

“We had a unique opportunity to practice the developing a large-scale project. So much new and interesting information! And we made friends!”

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