The Hult International Business School and its annual Hult Global Case Challenge were selected by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in a Time magazine as one of the “top five ideas changing the world.”
The cover story of the October issue of the monthly magazine, Clinton highlights programs in the fields of technology, health, green energy, female equality and justice. Hult Global Case Challenge was identified for bringing together many cultures to problem solve the world’s biggest issues. Clinton writes:>
“My last example of why I’m optimistic concerns one of my favorite partnerships, the Hult International Business School and its annual Hult Global Case Challenge. Each year the school joins with leading NGOs to pose a series of real global social challenges, and teams of four or five university students from around the world compete to find the best solution. The NGO partners then receive seed funding for implementing the winning ideas through a $1 million cash grant.
One of the winners this year was from the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University, and the team was four students: one from India, one from Pakistan, one from China and one from Taiwan. When they came onstage to receive their award and pose for a picture, I asked them, ‘Are you sure you guys want this in the local paper?’ And they said, in various ways, ‘We are so over this.’ The differences between India and Pakistan over Kashmir are real, as are the tensions between China and Taiwan, but these students are living 10 years from now. They have something to look forward to, and they set a wonderful example for the rest of us to follow.“.
The complete article can be read at Time‘s World website.
The Hult Global Case Challenge is the brain-child of Hult MBA ’09 Ahmad Ashkar. Open to students worldwide, on-campus and online, the Challenge asks competitors to provide a business solution to global problems. The winning project earns $1 million in seed money to put the project into play through one of Hult’s three non-profit partners in the education, energy, and housing sectors. This year, Carnegie Mellon, Hult International Business School and New York University-Abu Dhabi were awarded as winners in the education, housing and energy categories, respectively.
–Alanna Stage, @AlannaTweets