Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta praised the University of Warwick’s annual economic summit – which has attracted students from 32 universities and 13 counties – for being “modern and creative” as tickets for the event sold out in less than a minute.
Participants listened to lectures from several speakers, including former Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate Sir James Mirrlees and former French Finance Minister Jean-FranÃ§ois CopÃ©, where issues – including development, politics, psychology and international relations – were discussed.
Mr Letta, however, who served as Italian Prime Minister from 2013 to 2014, was particularly commendable for the teamwork behind the organization of the all-student-led summit.
He said: âThe Warwick Economic Summit is something very modern and creative in the way [it is] organized.
âIn my opinion, this is more important than a theoretical course. They [the students] immediately learn what responsibility means in their life, what delivery is, what team building is.
Co-coordinators Max Rodgers and Piyushaa Newatia, who were in charge of the large student team organizing the summit, told the Independent they both “really enjoyed the organization of the summit and can safely say that it was the right thing to do.” [they] have done at university; [they] learned a lot from the experience and gained a lifetime of memories â
Raj Deol, one of the 51 students who helped organize the summit, said being part of the team was the highlight of his time at the university.
âIt has been really exceptional this year. It’s pretty hard to express, but it’s definitely the highlight of my time in Warwick.
âJust looking at the summit this year has been absolutely exceptional. We have invited a superb list of speakers and welcomed delegates from all over the world.
Wafiq Islam, who is also a university student, has attended the summit three times and said he plans to return to attend the summit after graduating.
He said: âHaving attended the Warwick Economics Summit for the third time in a row, I can honestly say that each year the quality of the speakers is fantastic and the annual ball is always great fun. “