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Caymanian Student Represents in Thailand

Caymanian graduate student, Julian Menko, recently represented the United World Colleges (UWC) Cayman Islands National Committee at the UWC International Congress held in Phuket, Thailand, from 29 February to 2 March.

A global movement, United World Colleges uses education as a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC, which has national committees in over 150 countries and territories, selects young people from different backgrounds, cultures and experiences, who are driven to make the world better. Most students are supported by full or partial financial assistance.

Julian, a scholarship recipient of the Ministry of Education and Maples Group Cayman Islands is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Planning degree at the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of the University of Kent, UWC-USA and Cayman Islands Preparatory and High School. Julian previously served as an intern at the Cayman Islands Government in the Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development, Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure as well as the Cabinet Office.

In addition, he has worked as a Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Planning, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure. Julian is also currently the lead student ambassador to Asia with Cayman Connection.

Inspired by the words ‘Education as a Force’, the three-day Congress featured discussions across five thematic tracks focused on curriculum, teaching and learning, admissions, wellbeing, financial sustainability, and educational leadership and partnerships. Some of the topics covered were on innovative strategies for equity in admissions, educating for peace and a sustainable future, unleashing the potential of UWC community-led projects and strengthening partnerships for expanded impact. 

In describing the value of his involvement with the Congress, Julian stated, “Being afforded the opportunity of a UWC experience comes with both the privilege and responsibility of committing to the sustainability of the UWC mission. Attending the UWC Congress on behalf of UWC Cayman Islands was an inspiring experience and a renewed call to action for all attendees. A reminder to challenge ourselves on our why and through collaborative efforts, work towards developing more innovative and inclusive ways to continue to drive positive change through education.”

Julian Menko (right) and other representatives affiliated with Hungary at the UWC Congress in Phuket, Thailand.

Premier and Minister of Education Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has congratulated Julian on his achievements while encouraging him to continue to excel in his field of endeavour. “I want your recognition to serve as a motivation, encouragement and inspiration to others to pursue excellence in their chosen areas. Continue to fly the Cayman Islands flag high, be a beacon of light and inspire your peers to embrace education and training as well as other opportunities that will come their way.”

The International Congress held at the UWC Thailand campus was the culmination of the movement’s 60th anniversary celebrations.


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