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Elite students from 20 nations coming to UR

The University of Rochester is slated to serve as host to some 200 elite high school students from 20 nations Aug. 2 to 8 for the fourth annual International Baccalaureate World Student Conference.

International Baccalaureate is a rigorous education program that focuses on critical thinking skills. The theme of this year’s conference will be reaching solutions through play, with topics such as: How did rugby heal one of history’s most violent social divisions? Can video games save lives?

Students coming to the River Campus hail from Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Sint Maarten, Taiwan, the United States and Venezuela.

Featured speakers include Jane McGonigal, an American game designer and author who advocates the use of mobile and digital technology to channel positive attitudes; and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor for The New Yorker magazine.

More than 4,000 schools and 70,000 educators worldwide are part of the International Baccalaureate.

Local schools that use the program include Bloomfield, Canandaigua, Churchville-Chili, Eastridge, Greece Odyssey, Hilton, Victor and Wilson Magnet.

This will be the second time the event has been held in the United States, organizers said. Wake Forest University in North Carolina was the site in 2013.

The first World Student Conferences were held in 2012 in Spain and Canada.

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