Sustainable Growth Management Award Winners Replicate on Their School Careers

Sustainable Growth Management Award Winners Replicate on Their School Careers


Pupil Highlight, Half 3: Sustainable Growth Management Award Winners Replicate on Their School Careers

Kayley Beard
|July 5, 2023

The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Growth is proud to rejoice the arduous work and excellent dedication of its latest graduates.

Graduating college students Taejeong Woo and Nour Aljowaily have been chosen for the Stuart Gaffin Award for Management and Engagement. The Stuart Gaffin Award for Management and Engagement commemorates Professor Stuart Gaffin, who taught the Workshop in Sustainable Growth from 2009 to 2019. Award choices are based mostly on demonstrated management and repair within the spirit of sustainable growth both on or off campus. The award honors management, affect, engagement, and dedication, all of which have been attribute of Professor Gaffin’s contributions to our Columbia group.

On this highlight, Taejeong and Nour inform us about their post-graduation plans, their understanding of sustainability, and their recommendation to present college students

Q&A with Taejeong Woo

What are your plans after graduating from this system?

I’m planning to proceed my training as a PhD scholar in Sustainable Growth.

How did this system form your understanding of sustainability?

One of many essential insights about sustainability that this system has emphasised is that sustainability is the purpose that everybody wishes to attain. Each businessperson desires their enterprise to be sustainable, and each authorities goals for his or her insurance policies and laws to be sustainable. However how can we make this purpose a actuality? As a member of Columbia College finding out Sustainable Growth, I’ve come to know that what achieves sustainability is training. Schooling is the one approach that we will accomplish sustainability.

Past the classroom, what extracurricular actions did you interact in?

Yearly, I journey to one of many driest and poorest districts in East Africa, which is thought to be a harmful battle zone. I am going there to construct sustainable peace within the district. The individuals there not solely undergo from traditionally sophisticated points between completely different teams but additionally from local weather change, which has led to a scarcity of sources and exacerbated different conflicts. Because of these conflicts, kids’s training is usually interrupted, and the security of many elders, girls, and kids is at excessive threat. So, yearly, I spend my total three months of summer time making ready an training curriculum to show peace to the subsequent era, fundraising, recruiting, and speaking with individuals within the district. Each time, individuals ask me, “Why do you go there, risking your security and giving up your well-being?” I reply again with certainty: “I select to be one other serving to hand wherever they want me. I select ‘sacrifice’ my very own security and well-being.” The individuals within the district stood in solidarity initiating peace-building efforts with me. One in all college students informed me he’ll arrange a camp like mine to advertise peace the place there’s a warfare and he promise to develop into an excellent mannequin to his pals and group. Because of this I’m all the time extra excited than frightened to go to the district as a result of my information and expertise I gained from the Columbia group make optimistic impacts in these locations. Someday, after ending my training, I aspire to totally commit myself to working in battle zones the place I can construct sustainable peace even when it means dwelling with out clear water, a cushty home, or honor.

Q&A with Nour Aljowaily

What suggestions do you’ve got for college students who want to full the Sustainable Growth program?

Take the time with every course to be taught probably the most from it and discover each facet of the content material and make connections with the professors and fellow college students to collaborate collectively out and in of the category.

What are your plans after graduating from this system?

I shall be working full time and am deciding between provides for the time being.

What drew you to the Sustainable Growth main or particular focus?

I grew up fascinated by the UN system, and the Sustainable Growth Objectives have been a giant a part of it, and I used to be additionally very enthusiastic about environmental conservation and social justice, so additional finding out these subjects appeared like a pure subsequent step.

What was your favourite class within the Sustainable Growth program and why?

It’s arduous to select one, however “Local weather Change & Regulation” was top-of-the-line. Getting to know the worldwide and US authorized implications of local weather change mitigation and adaptation was fascinating, and doing that in a legislation faculty course was all of the tougher and informative.

What was your largest accomplishment whereas at Columbia?

Constructing a powerful crew on the SDG Hub and organizing occasions that shake up the overarching discussions occurring on campus.

Past the classroom, what extracurricular actions did you interact in?

Throughout my time at Columbia, I used to be the president of SDG Hub, ambassador of the Twin BA program, a group companies and sustainability consultant on Basic Research Pupil Council, intern at Crauderueff Photo voltaic, intern at Metropolis Council of Rio, a summer time enterprise analyst at McKinsey, and on the COP27 Pupil Advisory Committee.

For info on this system and upcoming occasions please go to the Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Growth web site.


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