ORT Uruguay student writes wrongs


15 February 2008 ORT Uruguay student writes wrongs Fabian Wajner Adler, a student at ORT Uruguay University, has won an international essay competition sponsored by the World Bank. More than 2,000 young people from 130 countries submitted essays on the theme of corruption but Fabians, Corruption and Education, A Matter of Trust, won the $3,000 cash prize. ORT Uruguay University gave me the skills I needed to compete in this international competition in Slovenia, said Fabian, (pictured) who is working towards a BA in International Studies. The university plays an important role in helping students prepare for these competitions. Collecting his award at the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) in Slovenia, Fabian told the audience: Corruption is a universal and eternal disease, a real cancer of our societies. We have to fight it with prevention and education, because sometimes we are only surrounding the problem, not attacking it. His essay focused on the development of an educational programme to reinforce the logic of trust among young people. In it he suggests the creation of incubators to recreate an ideal public system which includes anticorruption and transparency management measures. This years World Bank essay competition is on the theme, What can you do to shape the city of your dreams For details see http://www.essaycompetition.org/. Last year, the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) ranked ORT Uruguay among the top two per cent of the worlds tertiary institutions according to the quality of its teaching and research, the employability of its graduates and its internationalisation. In a list compiled in partnership with the international education and career development group Quacquarelli Symonds, ORT Uruguay is on an equal footing with Germanys University of Bielefeld and Israels Ben Gurion University at 329. It is ranked eighth of the 17 Latin American institutions listed and is the only Uruguayan institution included.