SPS Student Success at Undergraduate Awards
SPS Fourth Year Philipp Requat attended the 2014 Undergraduate Awards Summit for which he was invited on account of authoring a Highly Commended entry in the Social Sciences category of the international essay award.
Philipp joined 110 students from around the world whose papers had been chosen out of nearly 5000 submissions for a 4 day conference in Dublin.
The Undergraduate Awards is the only international pan-discipline academics award programme for undergraduates. Supported by government institutions, leading universities and corporate entities such as Google, the competition has been described as a “junior Nobel prize”.
According to the organisers the aim of the conference was to bring together the “best and brightest” young minds to encourage both collaboration and debate. Attendees were first received in the City Hall of Dublin, where they were addressed by the Lord Mayor of Ireland capital and a Nobel Peace Laureate. During a full-day colloquium held at Farmleigh House, where the Irish government entertains visiting heads of state, students had the opportunity to listen to and exchange ideas with a list of distinguished speakers. Following an invitation to present papers at the European headquarters of Google, the summit was closed with a ceremony at Christ Church Cathedral.
In total, the University of Edinburgh was represented by 10 students at the conference. Philipp works as an entrepreneur in parallel to studies of Politics and Economic and Social History. His successful entry was titled ‘”Students” on the Khyber Pass – Pashtun Nationalism and terrorist insurgency in North Western Pakistan.