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International Development Management MA students visit the United Nations

Business and Management 10 July 2015

On 1 July 2015, Westminster Business School students from the International Development Management MA visited the United Nations Headquarters, Geneva.

Accompanied by Dr Ola Sholarin, Dr Vincent Rich and a few International Economic Policy and Analysis MA/MSc students, the team enjoyed two days of lectures from representatives of various departments including: the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA).

For the students, this trip was an invaluable opportunity to see Development at work and to gain a greater understanding of how the United Nations operates. It was also a chance to network and to ask questions, to debate critical issues and to be inspired by UN practitioners. As IDM MA student Salma Al-Hassan said ‘“Just because you face…barriers doesn’t mean you don’t do your part. Do the little that you can – this is something that I took from the trip.”

In light of such a successful experience we would once again like to thank the United Nations, Geneva for their hospitality, for engaging staff and students and for welcoming us so warmly.

You can find out more via our blog and via our Facebook photo album. Students, staff and the UN team were also active on social media throughout the trip and you can follow the feed on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #IDMvistsUN.

Student perspectives

“The trip to UN Geneva...[was] such an unforgettable experience and opportunity...The biggest thing I will take from the trip is sitting in the UN office in a sweltering boardroom and realising that even the most impossible hopes and dreams can become reality. To dare to dream, and dream big, and pursue the best version of your life as best you can!”
Lorna Kamau (International Economic Policy and Analysis MSc)

“This trip has been so amazing because…I [now] have a clear picture of the interventions that the UN supports.”
Betty Nairuba (International Development Management MA)

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