Nearly 350 students from 11 Mississippi high schools participated in Boise State’s International Economic Summit program on April 14 at Mississippi College.
The International Economic Summit program is managed by the Idaho Council on Economic Education, which has been hosted at Boise State by the College of Education and the College of Business and Economics since 1971. The purpose of the Summit program is to provide high school and university students with a practical, hands-on learning experience in globalization, international relations and economics.
Carolyn Jensen, a Boise State student who participated in the summit program, said, “Before the International Economic Summit, I had no interest in international economics or global relations. That has now changed dramatically.”
With the support and encouragement of Boise State deans Pat Shannon and Diane Boothe, and a host of Idaho business and banking executives, the International Economic Summit program is expanding rapidly beyond Idaho’s borders. More than 20,000 students take part in International Economic Summit events every year at universities including Harvard, the University of Southern California, San Diego State University and others.
The Mississippi summit included the sponsorship of both Mississippi State and the University of Mississippi and was held on the campus of Mississippi College in Clinton. Funding was provided in part by the Council for Economic Education through an EEE (Excellence in Economic Education) Grant.