Primus inter pares

I.M. Sechenov First MSMU international students took part in the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), Norway.

I.M. Sechenov First MSMU international students  took part in the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), Norway.

In the middle of February two 1st MSMU international students – Julius Kwedhi and Agnes Nenkama of Namibia – took part in the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), Norway, which is considered to be the world’s largest international student festival.

ISFiT is a non-profit organization and is brought to life with the efforts of more than 400 student volunteers. The vision of ISFiT is to create a better future for young people in the world. ISFiT is arranged every other year, and each festival has a theme related to social and political topics with international relevance. The festival is held in the city of Trondheim, Norway. Here, over 450 students fr om all over the world gather to attend 18 different workshops and take part in the cultural program of the festival.

ISFiT 2015 took place fr om 5 to 15 February 2015, and the theme was corruption.

“Corruption undermines democracy and the rule of law, leads to violations of human rights, distorts markets, erodes the quality of life and allows organized crime, terrorism and other threats to human security to flourish” - Kofi Annan

Julius Kwedhi says:

“I was placed in the Health Workshop with 23 other vibrant and brilliant minds from Nigeria, Ghana, Lithuania, Latvia, Argentina, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Sierra Leon, Portugal, Palestine, USA, Germany, Morocco, Egypt, Algeria, Cambodia, Thailand, Argentina and Norway.

As the overarching theme of this year event was Corruption, students had some very practical and challenging case studies we had to wrestle with and to come up with solutions to the corrupt situations presented in the case studies. We had a great time bonding as the Health Workshop, and we also got time to bond with students from thirteen other workshops in the evenings during the plenary sessions that hosted guest speakers from the World Bank, Transparency International as well as other world recognized institutions.

In conclusion to the overarching theme of Corruption, we hand the first ever ISFiT parliament session in which three resolutions were passed and will be handed to the United Nations as the solutions that the students of the world have come up with and are suggesting to the UN to implement in order to combat and alleviate the issue of corruption in the world. I am happy to announce that two of those three resolutions wh ere suggested by the Health Workshop. And they are a combination of our suggestion together with those of other Workshop Groups that sounded very similar to our suggestion.

We did not only get to discuss about corruption, but we also got to talk about deep and often painful moral and ethical issues that make news headlines in our world today. We talked about such issues as homosexuality, abortion, euthanasia and rape among others. These stood out as they always do wh erever they are discussed. As we discussed these issues we were introduced to the method of dialogue. Dialogue allows members of the pro- and anti- groups to say out their opinion.

I was privileged to be among the first three ISFiT participants to be featured on the live online streaming of ISFiT on the evening of the Opening Ceremony. I was also featured on another interview. It was a very great experience. There is a lot to learn and a lot to give as well.”

Reporting to the Dean for international students prof. Oleg Glazachev on their experience at the Forum, Namibian students thanked the Dean for vital support for their trip. They also proposed to send a stronger team of 8-10 students to represent I.M. Sechenov First Med at the next ISFiT 2017.

24.02.2015

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