Published on 21 September 2012
21 September 2012
A University of the Sunshine Coast student will represent Queensland and the Northern Territory at an International conference of university students who are committed to helping communities in need through free enterprise.
Third-year Business student, Marina de Jager, will attend the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) World Cup in Washington DC from 30 September to 2 October.
Marina, 20, has been sponsored by SIFE’s Australian and Queensland branches to attend the event at which national SIFE teams from 39 countries will present the results of their community outreach projects to a panel of judges.
The USC SIFE team president said this sponsorship recognised her commitment to the team and the success of the HYPE 4 SIFE Conference held at USC in February.
Marina said she was looking forward to networking with more than 3,000 students, academics and business leaders from around the world.
“I will be promoting and representing USC while I am over there,” she said.
“It is also a great opportunity to meet with SIFE teams from other countries which could lead to us working together on global projects.”
Marina said projects like USC SIFE’s Kuya Collaborative — which helps clothe street children in the Philippines — would benefit from having SIFE connections on the ground.
“While we do a lot of research at home for our International projects, you gain a greater understanding of the community’s needs if you are living there or have visited,” she said.
USC Business academic Selina Tomasich said this was the second year in a row that a USC student had been selected to attend the SIFE World Cup.
“This is a reflection of the quality of the students USC SIFE has and is presenting to the CEOs of Australian industry,” she said.
“Marina has achieved so much in her time with USC SIFE and all these experiences will provide her with a foundation of professionalism that she will draw on in her future career.”
— Michelle Widdicombe