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Jorge Andrés Salazar and Juan Camilo Romero were the two winners of the contest “Asia, protagonist of the new millennium: Which is the secret ingredient?” an initiative of the Office of International Relations that will take them to Malta and New Zealand to learn English.

Two pages and one thousand and seventy-four words allowed Jorge Andrés Salazar, student of seventh semester of Economy and of the program of Finances and International Trade, to “uncover” the secret of Asia’s success as a new world’s potency and, in passing, to conquer the first place of the contest organized by ORI: he won a course to study English in Malta, a legendary island situated in the heart of the Mediterranean.

The contest, which took place in the framework of Global Village, the traditional fair of academic mobility, counted with the participation of 40 students and consisted of writing a two-page text in which it was argued what has allowed Asia to position itself as the protagonist of the new millennium.

“I think that I correctly structured three fundamental pillars for Asia´s economic development, linking different areas of knowledge such as macroeconomics, microeconomics, international trade and strategic management. This, along with the academic references, I think powered my text”, explains Jorge Andrés, who confesses that the architecture of Malta, a country of only 316 square kilometers, is one the aspects that fascinates him the most.

Along with Jorge Andrés, Juan Camilo Romero, student of the Industrial Engineering program, also participated with a text in which he analyzed how Asia’s education systems, the implementation of renewable energies and the recovery in innovation and technology, have allowed many countries of the largest and most populous continent become leaders of the international concert.

The solidity of his arguments and the coherence of his ideas made him worthy of the second place of the contest and gave him the opportunity to visit New Zealand, one of the countries in the smallest continent on the planet, whose size is closer to that of Japan or Great Britain.

“I think that my essay obtained the second place because I tried to cover the topic of the current Asian leadership from various perspectives; in addition, I supported the ideas with the use of good sources of information”, emphasizes Juan Camilo.

The quality of life of cities like Auckland, classified as the third city on the planet with better conditions for its inhabitants, thanks to the public safety’s access, quality of medical services and entertainment venues, are some of the aspects of the country, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, which most captivated Juan Camilo. “Also the diversity related to the Maori culture” he adds.

“The texts were expected to explain in a coherent and structured way, what has allowed Asia to position itself as the great protagonist of the millennium. For this reason it was checked that the arguments were representative and that they could give a vision of the success of this continent. The style and the spelling were also key points in choosing the winners”, explains Laura Santana, coordinator of the Office of International Relations of La Sergio.

The first place awards a scholarship to study English for 12 weeks in Malta, in a standard program of 20 lessons per week. It also includes accommodation, during the full stay, in a student residence as well as airport transportation.

On the other hand, the winner of the second place will be awarded with a scholarship to Study English for 12 weeks in two New Zealand’s cities: Auckland and Queenstown. This award covers four weeks of lodging in a student residence exempted from feeding.

“I thank the Office of International Relations for the opportunity to facilitate the internationalization to those students who have good academic performance or initiative to carry out certain challenges. It is a great incentive”, emphasizes Juan Camilo.

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