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What makes an Ideal Student?


Dubai, 10thNovember, 2014 – Manipal University Dubai hosts its second university TEDx event themed “Student 2.0” that explores the ideal version of a student. The student-initiated event aims to invite individuals from all aspects of life, who have a vision and ideas that are thought provoking and that can potentially change the world.

TEDxManipalUniversityDubaitargets on bringing local talent on a shared platform to encourage and initiate dialogue with the students. The event will take place on 27th November, 2014 at the Glass House, Manipal University Dubai Campus from5pm-10pm. The independently organised event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks Videos.

“This year’s theme refocuses on the primary stakeholder, the student,” said MegnaKalvani, Curator, TEDxManipalUniversityDubai. The first edition of TEDxManipalUniversityDubai was held in April 2013, which was focused on a self-improvement theme, “The Better You”. The main sponsor of the event is local youth organization, Uth Mag.

TED is a worldwide phenomenon with the sole mission of ‘Ideas worth spreading’thatasks the world’s leading thinkers and change makers to give the talk of their lives. The TEDx initiativehas provento be one of the best platforms to stimulate local dialogue, inspire people and create change.

The event features an incredible line of speakers, as follows:

Reem Al Marzouqi, architectural engineeristhe first Emirati inventor to win a USpatent for her car that can be driven without hands. She is a professional scuba diver with two Guinness records to her credit.Reem will draw a connection between technology, innovation and success.

Varun Sharma, young philanthropist established‘Inara,’ a non-profit organization at the age of 19 that is dedicated towards human services in the United Arab Emirates. Varunfirmly believes that the youth are the driving force of change and aims to establish a generation that can create difference.

Hisham ElSherbinyis a founder of an emerging platform for health and sports industry. Certified Professional trainer, a TV host and anauthor of fitness book “Tight Toned Tummy”, Hishamencourages the youth to change their living by enhancing their wellbeing as hereveals three key points to success.

Esther Edenis a 17-year-old self-taught musician, discovered byEnglish singer and songwriter Jessie J, wants to change the world with her music. But her musical journey has not been easy. Esther aims to use the platform to urge education in arts to be taken seriously and questions the value of music education for the student 2.0.

William Jones is a full time student, a full time teacher and a full time business administrator. He calls himself the poster child of the idea of student 2.0 for he is a non-traditional student who earned three bachelor degrees and a master degree while working full time. William has over 20 years of teaching experience across multiple educational platforms and levels. He successfully manages and incorporates technology in his teachings, creating an impact and connecting individuals to a podium.

John Quinn, a presentologist by profession successfully uses all kinds of power point presentation techniques and integrates them into an effective elaborate and interactive learning experience. His aim lies in delivering the messages across and creating an enriching atmosphere for learners.

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, NandanNilekani, Philippe Starck, NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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