A Glimpse of WES

Posted on the 14th December 2014 by Max, Summit Coordinator

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Year after year, we welcome talented and bright students from universities across the world that have a keen interest in economics to participate in one of the largest student-run academic conferences in Europe. This year, the team behind the Warwick Economics Summit is working hard in order to deliver the most engaging and interesting platform for those attending. We believe that students may be interested in hearing feedback regarding the Summit from previous delegates, and so we have provided an interview excerpt from previous delegates below.

Firstly, we would like to express our gratitude for the valuable feedback from two of our previous delegates, Segun Adeyemi and Lim Jia Jun. Segun is a former Bursary Scheme recipient from WES 2014 and Jia was an internal 2014 delegate from Warwick, currently in his second year pursuing his undergraduate degree.

Could you give a brief description regarding yourself?

Segun : My name is Segun Adeyemi, I am from Nigeria. I studied Economics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. I attended the summit in February 2014 and graduated April 2014.

Jia : I'm Jia Jun, a second year Economics student from Malaysia.

What was the highlight of the 2014 Summit for you?

Segun : I enjoyed every bit of the Summit and the Summit Ball (The Oscars) was a lot of fun for me. I met a lot of great and exciting individuals and the weekend was an experience I can't forget in a hurry. The lectures were quite loaded and insightful, I learnt a whole lot and got advanced exposure to current, major global economics issues and perspectives along with some global politics. I really enjoyed Professor Sam Potolicchio's talk on "What makes a great Political Leader" and the way he was able to inspire and connect with the audience was quite engaging and still very vivid in my memory. l also remember talks by Dr. Diane Coyle and Pier Luigi Sigismondi from Unilever.

Jia : The most interesting talk was by Professor Maskin on Mechanism Design. It was fascinating to see how game theory could be applied, for agents to have incentives to reveal their true preferences to improve resource allocation. The Summit was great, there was a good mix of developments in economics as well as passionate debates on ideas. I personally found the ideas on policy and implications fascinating, and the insights profound, which really adds a different dimension to what I'm currently reading.

What do you think of the Bursary Scheme? How did it benefit you as a recipient?

Segun : Even though I had received the Bursary for the 2013 Summit, I could not attend until 2014 because of some logistics and scheduling issues. The team was magnanimous enough to let me use my slot for 2014 and I'm grateful for that. I think the Bursary Scheme is a really innovative and helpful idea from WES and the International Office team. It gave me the wonderful opportunity to be a part of the biggest student summit in Europe and if not for the Bursary Scheme, I'm not sure I would have been able to afford the costs on my own.

The WES 2015 team believes that the above interview excerpt provides a good insight into the benefits of attending WES for delegates and we'd encourage all those thinking about buying tickets to do so, as we're confident of delivering a memorable, engaging 2015 Summit.

Interview conducted by WES 2015 Communications Team member Sumeeta Ganesan, also thanks to Segun Adeyemi and Lim Jia Jun for participating.

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