University of Gloucestershire student Lisa Barnett is heading for Malaysia as one of just 250 18 to 25 year olds from around the world joining 300 Malaysian young people for the Global Startup Youth Event.

Taking place in Kuala Lumpur this month, the Business and Management student has been selected to take part in the event from October 8 to 11. It is a key side event to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit which is from October 11 to 12.

President Barack Obama is expected to deliver the summit’s keynote address, the theme of which is Empowering and Connecting Entrepreneurs.

The Global Startup Youth Event is a three day programme of inspirational activities designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Lisa has just become President of the Gloucestershire Enterprise Society, a student led enterprise network, and will be following the Business Management (Enterprise) Pathway.

Lisa said: “I am so pleased to be chosen to represent the UK for enterprise on the conference. Studying for the Enterprise pathway, it means a huge amount to be selected to the Global Enterprise Summit with other policy leaders, presidents, prime ministers and entrepreneurs like myself. I feel like my hard work and my business spirit has been recognised and I am looking forward to learning from others and bringing that back to the UK.”

Her tutor Dr Jan Myers added: “This is excellent news both for Lisa and for the University. Engaging with other young people from around the world plus the opportunity to hear from global leaders and policy-makers is a fabulous learning opportunity. For Lisa this will not only be a boost to her studies but also for her career ambitions. Lisa has just successfully completed her first undergraduate year and is already proving to be an ambassador for the Business School – she was recently a finalist in the University’s Business Plan Awards for her initiative to provide students with healthy, home-cooked easy meals – Lisa’s Kitchen. Lisa is an excellent role model for other young women and business and management students wanting to start up and run their own businesses.”

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The University of Gloucestershire gained official university status in 2001 but has existed as an educational establishment for nearly 200 years. Our heritage lies in the Mechanics Institutes of the 1830s, with our Francis Close Hall campus founded in 1847 as the Cheltenham Training College.

Today, we have three thriving campuses, Francis Close Hall and The Park in Cheltenham, and Oxstalls in Gloucester, which are occupied by approximately 10,000 students. In 2010, the University invested £5 million in teaching facilities including a new, state-of-the-art media and art and design studios.

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