Mississippi College Hosts Second International Economic Summit

April 26, 2011

Nearly 350 students from 11 high schools around Mississippi got hands-on experience with international relations, economics and other issues impacting the globe.

The students recently participated in the second annual International Economic Summit at Mississippi College.

The event held earlier this month on the Clinton campus was structured like a model United Nations with each student representing a different country. The students prepared for weeks as they studied their country’s economy, political structure, imports and exports, natural resources and infrastructure needs.

Teams of high schoolers were ready to negotiate and trade their way to enhance the standard of living in the country they represent.

The conference was sponsored by the Center for Economic Education and Development at MC’s School of Business, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education in Jackson, and the Mississippi Geographic Alliance in partnership with the International Economic Summit Institute at Boise State University in Idaho. Other partners included the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

MC School of Business Dean Marcelo Eduardo and business professor Chris Smith of the MC center say they look forward to expanding the partnerships to make next year’s conference even bigger.

The first International Economic Summit at MC last April attracted 70 students from such schools as Clinton High, Madison Central High, St. Andrews Episcopal School in Ridgeland and Neshoba High in Philadelphia.

“Yours was really an excellent Summit event,” said Leon Maynard, president of the International Economic Summit Institute at Boise State after the April 14 event at MC.

The weather was perfect for hundreds of visiting students and educators. It came one day before a tornado slammed into parts of Clinton and Jackson and other portions of Mississippi.

Created in 2009, the Mississippi College School of Business Center for Economic Education and Development works with the Mississippi Council on Economic Education to enhance economics education for teachers in area schools.

For more information on MC’s Center for Economic Education and Development, contact professor Chris Smith at Csmith@mc.edu or 601.925.3412.