The Impact of Summer Camps on University Applications

As university admissions become more competitive, many students and their families are exploring unique ways to make applications stand out. One often overlooked but highly effective strategy is participating in summer camps. How can they boost your university application? We will discuss it in this article.

 

1. Summer camps demonstrate your passion and commitment to your interests

 

Universities look for applicants who go beyond the standard curriculum to pursue their passions actively. By attending a specialised summer camp, whether in science, arts, sports, or leadership, you showcase your dedication and willingness to invest time and effort into your interests. This commitment is evident to admissions officers, highlighting your enthusiasm, drive, and the proactive steps you take to excel in your chosen field. Ultimately, this dedication can make your university application stand out, showing that you are not just interested in your field but deeply committed to it.

 

 

2. Summer camps help students develop key skills.

 

Summer camps often play a crucial role in helping students develop essential skills highly valued by universities. At Global Achievers Academy, our summer programmes are tailored to develop leadership, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Through project-based learning, students tackle real-world challenges that require innovative thinking and collaboration. Additionally, our volunteering opportunities allow students to engage with the community, fostering a sense of responsibility and empathy while enhancing their organisational and leadership skills. These real-world experiences provide concrete examples to highlight in university applications.

 

3. Summer camps provide valuable mentorship.

 

Access to mentorship is one of the standout benefits of attending summer camps, particularly when it comes to enhancing university applications. The tutors and guest speakers at Global Achievers Academy are experts in their fields, providing students with invaluable guidance and support in their areas of interest. Mentors from summer camps can offer strong letters of recommendation that carry significant weight in the university admissions process. Students completing their courses at Global Achievers Academy also receive certificates which add a formal recognition of their efforts to their portfolio.

 

4. Summer camps teach global awareness.

 

Exposure to different cultures helps develop open-mindedness and adaptability, which are highly valued skills in a university setting. By showcasing cultural awareness, students present themselves as well-rounded and globally-minded individuals, enhancing their appeal in the application process. Therefore, it’s worth seeking out summer camps with a global focus and those that bring together students from different parts of the world.

 

By participating in programmes like Global Achievers Academy, students can build academic profiles that will make them stand out in the competitive university admissions process. We encourage you to explore our diverse offerings and take advantage of the opportunities to enrich your educational journey and future success. Get in touch to see how our programme can benefit you.
UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals in our curriculum

Integrating the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals into educational programmes and curricula is a forward-thinking trend in modern education. At Global Achievers Academy, we focus on some of the UN 17 goals to emphasize the importance of global citizenship. In this article, we will highlight how we have integrated some of the UN 17 SDG into our curriculum to prepare our students for a sustainable future.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

As part of the World Histories, Geography & Arts module, students will explore the history of gender and gender equality, understanding both the challenges and progress made in this fight. This module gives students insights into the significant historical events and movements that have shaped the gender equality landscape. Students will participate in discussions and projects that highlight the importance of equal opportunities and the ongoing efforts needed to achieve gender parity.

Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

Our curriculum includes a focused module on “Sustainability and the Environment,” which covers the development and implementation of green, clean, and renewable energies. Students will learn about the future of energy and the necessity of transitioning to sustainable energy sources.

Our programme also features prominent guest speakers who discuss sustainability,  such as Chris Hines MBE, founder of ‘Surfers Against Sewage’ and former Sustainability Director of ‘The Eden Project,’ and Pen Hadow, a polar explorer and environmental advocate. These sessions provide students with valuable perspectives on sustainability and practical steps they can take to support clean energy initiatives.

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

The aim of SDG 10 is to reduce inequality within and among countries, promoting inclusive social and economic growth. At Global Achievers Academy, this goal is addressed through a focus on social justice and cultural competence. Our curriculum includes comprehensive learning about the causes and effects of inequality, fostering an understanding of diverse perspectives. Additionally, students will participate in community service projects allowing them to support marginalized groups and at the same time gain hands-on experience in promoting social equity and empathy.

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 11 aims to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. Our “Sustainability and the Environment” module covers key topics such as green cities and green buildings. Students will learn about creating sustainable communities that are accessible and beneficial to all. The curriculum also includes practical learning experiences and real-world examples to help students understand the importance of sustainable development in urban settings.

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

SDG 12 is crucial globally because it aims to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns, which are vital for reducing environmental degradation and addressing climate change. During their stay with us, students will learn about the environmental impacts of consumption and the importance of sustainable practices like reducing waste or recycling.

Goal 13: Climate Action

Climate change poses significant risks to the environment, economies, and human health. At Global Achievers Academy, this goal will be a key component of the “Sustainability and the Environment” module. Students will explore the impacts of climate change and learn about mitigation strategies. The curriculum includes practical projects and real-world examples to help students understand and address climate issues, empowering them to become leaders in climate action.

 

Integrating the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into our curriculum ensures that our students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address global challenges and promote sustainable development, shaping them into proactive global citizens.

Global Achievers Academy expands with new London cohort

We are thrilled to announce that in response to demand, we are adding a new date for our UCL London programme this summer, ensuring more students have the opportunity to benefit from our enriching summer camp.

New Cohort Date for London

Running from Sunday 11th August to Sunday 25th August inclusively, we will be delivering our exciting and educational summer camp from the campus of UCL East in London with admissions open now for new enrolments.  Please note the arrival day change from our other cohort dates, from a Wednesday to a Sunday.

Programme Availability Overview

To keep everyone updated, here is the current availability for our London and Boston programmes:

London:

  • Cohort 1: 3 July – 17 July (spaces still available)
  • Cohort 2: 17 July – 31 July (now closed for enrolments for 2024)
  • Cohort 3: 31 July – 14 August (now closed for enrolments for 2024)
  • new Cohort 4: 11 August – 25 August (now open for new enrolments)

Boston:

  • Cohort 1: 26 June – 10 July (now closed for enrolments for 2024)
  • Cohort 2: 10 July – 24 July (spaces still available)
  • Cohort 3: 24 July – 7 August (spaces still available)

 

The success of our programme is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team and partners. We sincerely thank everyone involved in promoting Global Achievers Academy. We look forward to continuing our journey of providing students with enriching summer camp experiences that support their future successes.

Join us this summer on campus at UCL in London and enrol in our newly opened cohort today! Click here to enrol.

See you in London this summer!

21st-century Life Skills

What are 21st-century life skills? The World Economic Forum defines them as a blend of essential abilities, such as digital literacy, problem-solving, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Schools are increasingly recognising the importance of fostering these skills in students from a young age to prepare them for future job markets and higher education. The top 5 skills identified by World Economic Forum include:

 

  1. Creativity: According to the World Economic Forum Future on Jobs report, creative thinking is expected to grow in importance by 73% over the next five years. It’s a vital skill for innovation and adaptation in dynamic industries.

  2. Digital Skills: Digital literacy, including proficiency in AI and big data, is among the fastest-growing core skills. They are essential for mastering new forms of technology, such as algorithm design and data handling. The report notes that demand for digital skills is expected to increase significantly by 2027, making them crucial for staying relevant in tech-driven sectors.

  3. Collaboration: This skill involves working with others to perform complex tasks and adjusting actions according to others’ needs. The World Economic Forum highlights leadership and social influence as critical for future careers, especially in industries like automotive, aerospace, supply chain, and advanced manufacturing. Collaborative skills are important for aligning teams, fostering innovation, and achieving collective goals.

  4. Global Citizenship: Respecting people from other cultures and embracing diversity, equality, and inclusion are key aspects of global citizenship. Although some companies see this skill as less important, it remains crucial for fostering respect and thriving in international careers.

  5. Environmental Stewardship: This skill involves understanding the fragility of natural ecosystems and interacting with them in sustainable ways. The World Economic Forum projects increased demand for jobs requiring environmental stewardship skills over the next five years. As businesses focus on sustainability, it will be an increasingly valuable skill for professionals aiming to make a positive impact.

At Global Achievers Academy, we emphasize critical thinking, communication, and collaboration through project-based learning. Digital literacy is developed through classroom activities. Creativity and global awareness are fostered through museum visits and diverse cultural studies. Additionally, we enhance social and emotional learning with sessions from guest speakers and volunteering opportunities, ensuring students build strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills. This holistic approach prepares students to navigate and succeed in the modern world.
April Scholarships Now Open!

We are excited to announce the opening of our April scholarship applications at Global Achievers Academy. This opportunity is designed to financially assist students in either Boston or London, covering 25% of the course price.

 

How to apply?

 

1. Select one of the following topics that interests you the most and compose an essay of no more than 250 words explaining why the selected topic is of global importance.

 

1. Leadership & Politics

2. Finance & Economics

3. World Histories, Geography & Arts

4. Sustainability & the Environment

5. Technology & the Future

 

Your essay should demonstrate your understanding of the topic and its global significance. It should include your personal insights, be well-organized, concise, and compelling to read.

 

2. Complete the Enrolment Form

Download and fill out the enrolment form available on our website. Ensure all the required fields are correctly filled.

 

3. Submit Your Application

Email your completed application form and your essay to info@globalachieversacademy.com. Use the subject line ‘April Scholarship Application’.

 

Application Deadline: The application window is from 12th to 26th April.

 

If you have any questions or require assistance during the application process, don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance.

 

Good luck!

 

Introducing Our Guest Speakers

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of our esteemed guest speakers at the Global Achievers Academy. Each brings a wealth of experience and insights to share with us.

SIMON GREENMAN

CO-FOUNDER OF ‘MAPQUEST’, HEAD OF AI & CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER FOR ‘BEST PRACTICE AI’, FORMER GLOBAL INNOVATOR & GLOBAL AI COUNCIL MEMBER FOR THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM

Simon Greenman is Co-Chair (Emeritus) of the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London and is an accomplished executive & investor with over 25 years of global experience in artificial intelligence and digital innovation.

CHRIS HINES MBE

FOUNDER OF ‘A GRAIN OF SAND’, FORMER SUSTAINABILITY DIRECTOR OF ‘THE EDEN PROJECT’, FOUNDER OF ‘SURFERS AGAINST SEWAGE’ & SPECIAL ADVISOR TO THE MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Chris Hines MBE is a leading pioneer of sustainability, dedicated to delivering positive change. Shortlisted for the 1999 Green Politics Award and having provided evidence to Commons and Lords Committees, Chris is now a highly popular sustainability and environment speaker, sharing his passions for preserving our planet.

PEN HADOW

RECORD-BREAKING EXPLORER ENDORSED BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II AND THE PRIME MINISTER, TIME MAGAZINE HERO OF THE ENVIRONMENT WINNER, WORLD TECHNOLOGY AWARD-ENVIRONMENT WINNER. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ‘90 NORTH FOUNDATION’. FELLOW AND HONORARY PRESIDENT OF THE BRITISH EXPLORATION SOCIETY

Driven by ambitions of conservation and adventure, Pen Hadow has achieved some of the most epic feats of exploration in the modern era. An Arctic traveller and ocean conservationist, Hadow has dedicated his life to understanding the planet, and how to protect it.

JOHN W. DOOLITTLE, CAPT, USN (RET)

INSPIRATIONAL FORMER CAPTAIN IN THE US NAVY SEALS AND A WORLD-CLASS SPEAKER ON GOAL SETTING AND RESILIENCE

John Doolittle moved through various deployments around the world with most of his career focused on military reaction to 9/11. John’s contribution to sustaining and helping people in the military is embedded in all US nation’s command elements around the globe (USSOCOM).

SIR IAIN DUNCAN SMITH

FORMER CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR WORK & PENSIONS

A key figure in British politics, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Leader of the Opposition has made influential contributions to the UK parliament for over 30 years. Representing the Conservative party as a Member of Parliament, and later in several prominent cabinet and secretary positions, Smith’s work as a politician is history-defining and saw him Knighted for his efforts in the 2020 Honours List.

CHRISTINE MILES

CEO OF ‘EQUIPT’, AUTHOR AND THE DEVELOPER OF ‘THE LISTENING PATH®’.

Christine Miles has over 25 years of experience training individuals and organizations on how to build emotional intelligence. She is the founder and CEO of EQuipt, a woman-owned training and consulting company and the developer of The Listening Path™, a game-changing approach to transform how people listen, empathize, and understand.

 

We’re honoured to have such distinguished guests share their knowledge and experiences with us. Their presence at the Global Achievers Academy is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to learn, grow, and be inspired to reach for the stars.

10% OFF March bookings

Global Achievers Academy is thrilled to announce a special 10% discount on the course price of our Junior Summer Programme, designed to inspire and cultivate young minds with a passion for making a positive impact on the world. This discount is applicable to bookings made in March 2024.

 

Why Global Achievers Academy?

 

Global Achievers Academy stands out for its unique cohort travel system, taking students on a transformative journey across four continents in four summers. This model promotes deep connections among students as they immerse in the cultures of cities like Boston, London, Singapore, and Cape Town.

The curriculum, aligned with the UN’s 17 sustainable development goals, covers a broad range of subjects, emphasising global responsibility and leadership. The academy’s approach combines academic learning, community service, and cultural experiences, fostering a readiness in students to make a positive global impact.

How to Apply

Applying to the Global Achievers Academy’s summer programme is a straightforward process. Follow these steps to secure your place:

Step 1: Download and fill in the Enrolment Form
Step 2: Go to the Enrolment section.
Step 3: Submit your application by filling in the form and attaching the Application Form.

Your discount will automatically be applied if you submit before March 31st 2024.

Agents: send an email to info@globalachieversacademy.com

Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted by us within 1 working day. Please bear in mind that our admissions team is based in the United Kingdom, which may impact responsiveness.

If you have any questions or require assistance during the application process, don’t hesitate to contact us for guidance.

Global Achievers Academy Scholarships Now Available

We are pleased to announce the launch of our 2024 scholarships at Global Achievers Academy which are aimed at supporting talented individuals and fostering a sense of global citizenship. Our commitment to excellence in education and global perspectives underscores this significant initiative.

 

Scholarship Details

Four scholarships are being offered, each providing a 50% reduction in course tuition and in-country packages, effectively covering one week of tuition costs. Recipients will have the option to choose between Boston and London as their preferred learning locations.

 

 

Application Focus: Global Citizenship

Applicants are required to reflect on the question, ‘What does Global Citizenship mean to you?’ in maximum 500 words.
We believe that a nuanced understanding of global citizenship is crucial in today’s interconnected world. We welcome thoughtful responses that highlight the applicant’s perspectives on how global citizenship shapes their worldview and influences their professional aspirations.

 

 

Application Procedure and Deadline

To be considered for this opportunity, interested individuals should submit their responses, along with a completed enrolment form, to info@globalachieversacademy.com, using the subject line ‘Scholarship Application.’

The deadline for submissions is March 31st, 2024. We encourage eligible candidates to seize this chance to articulate their views on global citizenship and embark on a transformative educational journey.

Decoding the Fascinating World of Cryptocurrencies

The Global Achievers Academy programme provides an in-depth exploration of the cryptocurrency world, furnishing you with the knowledge necessary to navigate this ever-evolving landscape. Combined with other sessions on economics, leadership and politics, world history, geography and arts and sustainability and the environment as well as tech and everyday life skills, understanding the Crypto landscape is key, as in today’s digital age; cryptocurrencies have emerged as undeniable game-changers, redefining the rules of the financial landscape.

What are cryptocurrencies?

To grasp the concept of cryptocurrencies, envision the currency you use in a video game, but this time, with real-world applicability. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are akin to digital coins with tangible value.

What is Crypto Trading?

Crypto trading resembles navigating the stock market but in a purely digital context. On various online platforms, traders can buy and sell these digital currencies based on market fluctuations. The ultimate goal? Emulating the well-known stock market strategy: buy low and sell high, or vice versa, to realise a profit over time.

Compelling Success Stories

At the heart of the cryptographic revolution emerge fascinating success stories that captivate the imagination. Among them, Erik Finman, at the tender age of 12, invested $1,000 in Bitcoin, and this bold decision transformed into a fortune, making him a millionaire by the age of 18. This remarkable example demonstrates the incredible potential offered by early investment in cryptocurrencies.

Another inspiring tale is that of Kristoffer Koch, who modestly invested $27 in a university research project. Later, he discovered that this seemingly modest sum had morphed into a substantial fortune, thanks to the positive evolution of cryptocurrencies. These stories underscore not only the transformative nature of crypto-investments but also the possibility for everyone, regardless of their initial means, to participate in this financial revolution.

These examples clearly demonstrate that cryptocurrency is not merely a trend but rather a tangible opportunity to redefine how individuals shape their financial future. These resounding successes inspire exploration of the possibilities offered by the world of cryptocurrencies and encourage making informed decisions to embrace the transformative potential of this rapidly expanding universe.

Learning about these with your peers in a cohort on our multi-destination, well-rounded programme, ensures you are armed with the knowledge and a good foundation to follow a higher education course or enter the workforce where we empower tomorrow’s leaders, today.

Why UCL Stands Out

Founded in 1826, nestled in the heart of London, University College London (UCL) has emerged as a beacon of multidisciplinary education, boasting a vibrant community of over 50,000 students and 16,000 staff from 150+ countries. The ethos at UCL revolves around diversity, freedom, and a fearless spirit that challenges conventions, fostering an environment where individuals are encouraged to question and think differently.

UCL’s Impressive Achievements

In 2024, the University College London (UCL) stands as the epitome of academic excellence, earning the prestigious title of “University of the Year” according to The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide. Recognized as a research powerhouse, UCL secured the 2nd position in the UK for research power in the Research Excellence Framework 2021, showcasing its commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Globally acclaimed, UCL proudly holds the 9th position in the 2024 QS World University Rankings, underscoring its significant international impact. Moreover, with a remarkable 30 Nobel Prize laureates among its alumni and staff, UCL’s legacy is firmly rooted in groundbreaking contributions to various fields, solidifying its reputation as a beacon of academic achievement and innovation.

Why Global Achievers Academy Chose UCL

University College London stands as the embodiment of a global academic powerhouse, aligning seamlessly with the mission of Global Achievers Academy. With an extensive network of 350,000 alumni across 190 countries, UCL’s influence resonates with our vision of uniting aspirational young minds worldwide. UCL’s commitment to sustainability is woven into the fabric of its state-of-the-art campus on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, showcasing an eco-friendly ethos that mirrors Global Achievers Academy values. Boasting a consistent top 10 global ranking for 12 years, UCL shares a common goal with Global Achievers Academy — empowering young individuals to succeed in a global community, underscored by the remarkable achievements of 30 Nobel laureates among UCL’s alumni. The progressive approach to learning and development embraced by both institutions is exemplified in UCL’s campaign, ‘Disruptive Thinking Since 1862,’ fostering disruptive thinking and nurturing future global leaders. UCL’s history of inclusivity, admitting students regardless of religion since 1828, aligns seamlessly with Global Achievers Academy’s core values, promoting exposure to diverse cultures and societies as a catalyst for shaping a more successful world.

 

UCL’s reputation for world-class research, global influence, and impact makes it an ideal partner for Global Achievers Academy in creating a home for the thought leaders of today and tomorrow.

United Nations Headquarters & New York City

Exploring the United Nations Headquarters 

Situated amidst the bustling streets of Manhattan, the United Nations Headquarters stands as a symbol of hope and collaboration. It serves as a gathering place for world leaders and diplomats to address global issues, foster cooperation, and find solutions to some of the most pressing challenges our planet faces. 

A visit to the UN Headquarters offers a unique and enlightening experience. It provides a glimpse into the realm of international politics, diplomacy, and humanitarian efforts. As you stroll through its iconic halls, you can witness discussions and negotiations that shape the future of our world. This opportunity allows you to learn about the UN’s mission to promote peace, sustainable development, and human rights. 

Inspiration for a Brighter Future 

One of the most inspiring aspects of visiting the UN Headquarters is recognising that young individuals can play a pivotal role in shaping the future.  

Your visit to the UN can serve as a catalyst for your own engagement in issues that matter to you, whether it’s climate change, human rights, or global health. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to tackle these and other critical issues, can become a source of inspiration for your future endeavours. 

Educational Programs and Initiatives 

Offering a wide range of educational programmes and initiatives designed to engage and empower young people. These provide a deeper understanding of international affairs and offer opportunities for you to contribute to global progress.  

The Cultural Extravaganza of New York City 

While a visit to the UN Headquarters is undoubtedly a highlight, your cultural adventure doesn’t stop there. New York City, the city that never sleeps, offers a myriad of cultural experiences waiting to be explored. 

Your trip to the Big Apple includes must-visit landmarks like the Empire State Building, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty. These iconic sites tell the story of America’s history and heritage, from the waves of immigrants arriving at Ellis Island to the enduring symbol of freedom represented by Lady Liberty. 

Moreover, a Manhattan tour will take you through the heart of the city, exploring diverse neighbourhoods and witnessing the city’s vibrant energy. Don’t forget to savour New York’s world-famous cuisine and immerse yourself in the arts by visiting renowned museums and theatres. The city’s dynamic atmosphere will undoubtedly enrich your cultural journey. 

Takeaways 

For students visiting the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, this is more than just a tour; it’s a journey of discovery and inspiration. For teens passionate about diplomacy and global affairs, this experience is unmatched. Witness diplomacy in action, grasp the UN’s mission, and explore New York City’s cultural treasures to empower yourself as a catalyst for positive change. Embrace this opportunity, and let it mark the start of your diplomatic journey towards a brighter future for all. 

ArtScience Museum in Singapore

Singapore’s ArtScience Museum is an architectural masterpiece that seamlessly blends art, science, and technology. For students of the Global Achievers Academy, a visit to this iconic institution offers a unique opportunity to explore the intersection of creativity, innovation, and global citizenship.

ArtScience Museum: A Fusion of Disciplines

The ArtScience Museum’s distinctive lotus-shaped design symbolises the melding of art and science. It serves as a tangible representation of the academy’s mission to nurture interdisciplinary learning and inspire students to approach global challenges with creative, innovative solutions.

Creativity and Innovation

Art and science are not mutually exclusive but rather complementary. The museum’s exhibits encourage students to appreciate the creative and innovative aspects of scientific discoveries and technological advancements.

The museum’s diverse range of exhibitions, from art installations to interactive science displays, exposes students to a broad spectrum of cultures and ideas. It reinforces the importance of cultural awareness and a global perspective, key components of being a responsible global citizen.

Environmental Consciousness

Often hosting exhibitions that explore environmental themes and sustainability which encourages students to reflect on their roles in addressing global environmental challenges, can be taken as an opportunity to appreciate and focus on environmental responsibility.

Interdisciplinary Learning and Problem Solving

The museum’s exhibits challenge students to think across disciplines, promoting interdisciplinary learning and problem-solving. It reinforces the idea that complex global issues require multifaceted solutions and collaboration, essential qualities for today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.

Inspiration for Future Leaders

The ArtScience Museum showcases the power of creativity and innovation in shaping our world and inspires students to open their minds to careers and initiatives that combine art, science, and technology to create positive global change.

Global Connections Through Art and Science

Art and science are universal languages that transcend borders. Through the museum’s exhibitions, students can connect with people from diverse backgrounds, fostering global connections and understanding. This beacon of creativity, innovation, and global awareness, provides a dynamic learning environment that seamlessly aligns with the academy’s values and mission.

Takeaways

The visit reinforces the importance of interdisciplinary learning, creativity, global citizenship, and environmental responsibility, preparing students to be informed, forward-thinking, and culturally sensitive. It exemplifies how art, science, and technology can come together to inspire and shape a brighter future and gives a sense of hope for the future generations that solutions to today’s issues can be sought through creative collaboration.