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International Summit Highlights
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The American Academy of Achievement launched its annual International Achievement Summit in Budapest, Hungary during June of 1999. The Summit enabled the Academy to expand its reach outside the United States by generating a dialogue between eminent international achievers and the most promising young leaders of tomorrow. The Academy brought together men and women of exceptional accomplishment to share their experiences with more than 100 outstanding graduate students, selected by the Academy from nominations submitted by administrators of such international exchange programs as the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, Truman Scholarship Foundation and Fulbright Scholarship program, and by the faculty of more than 25 institutions, including the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, Institute of Political Studies in Paris, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins, Stanford Business School, Harvard Law School, United States Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy.

During the four-day International Achievement Summit, the Academy delegation of young scholars joined hundreds of distinguished guests including heads of state, leaders of industry, foreign ministers, ministers of defense, military commanders and diplomats in an extraordinary series of symposia and roundtable discussions. The Academy members and graduate students participated in a series of memorable and inspiring events during the Summit, highlighted by presentations in the Palace of Justice from His Excellency Árpád Göncz, President of the Republic of Hungary, and Dr. Bronislaw Geremek, Foreign Minister of Poland, on their imprisonment by the communist government and commitment to democracy; a dialogue on the expansion of NATO with His Excellency Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of the Republic of Hungary in the historic Parliament building; a summary of the Kosovo crisis by General Wesley K. Clark, USA, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and a dialogue on the pursuit of NATO membership by Her Excellency Nadezhda Mihailova, Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, and His Excellency Valdas Adamkus, President of the Republic of Lithuania.

The second International Achievement Summit took place at Claridge's in London, England, in October 2000. The American Academy of Achievement invited 30 men and women of exceptional accomplishment to share their wisdom and experience with 200 outstanding graduate students in the disciplines of law, medicine, the sciences, economics and international affairs. The assembled students represented over 40 different countries, and more than 25 institutions of higher learning. Featured speakers included Bertie Ahern, Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland; Latvian President Vike-Freiberga; NATO Secretary-General Lord Robertson; Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan; Lech Walesa, the former President of Poland; and Mikhail Gorbachev, former Premier of the Soviet Union.

A GATHERING OF WORLD LEADERS AND SCHOLARS

THE 41ST ANNUAL SALUTE TO EXCELLENCE AND INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT SUMMIT took place in historic Dublin, capital of The Republic of Ireland, in June, 2002. The American Academy of Achievement invited 50 men and women of exceptional accomplishment (30 past honorees and 20 new guests of honor) to share their wisdom and experience with 200 outstanding graduate students from 40 countries in the disciplines of law, medicine, genetics, the sciences, engineering, economics, finance, journalism, international relations and diplomacy.

The student delegates for the Summit were selected by prestigious international exchange programs, including the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, the White House Fellows program, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Truman Scholar Foundation, and the Marshall and Fulbright Scholarship programs. Additional student delegates were designated by the faculty of leading institutions around the world, including Harvard Law School, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, the Sanger Centre at Cambridge, MIT School of Engineering, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Sofia University School of International Relations in Bulgaria, University College Dublin, the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton, Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Moscow Institute of International Relations, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, and the United States Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy.

During the four-day International Achievement Summit, these leaders of tomorrow joined distinguished artists, scientists, statesmen and leaders of industry in an extraordinary series of symposia and round table discussions. The Academy scholars had the opportunity to meet and discuss issues with preeminent achievers in the diverse fields of endeavor.


Congressman John Lewis and James Earl Jones

Congressman John Lewis receives the Academy of Achievement's Golden Plate Award from James Earl Jones at 2004 International Achievement Summit.

President Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter addresses the assemblage of Academy participants during the 1984 Salute to Excellence program at the historic Lafayette Club in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

President George H.W. Bush

President George H.W. Bush, recipient of the Golden Plate Award, meets an Academy student delegate during the 1995 Summit at Colonial Williamsburg.

Fireworks at Fort McHenry

The Academy symposium and outing at Fort McHenry during the 1997 program concluded with the U.S. Army chorus and a spectacular display of fireworks.

Judge Sirica and General Shomron

Watergate trial Judge John J. Sirica meets Israeli General Dan Shomron, hero of the hostage rescue at Entebbe, at the 1977 Summit in Orlando, Florida.


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2012: Washington, DC
2010: Washington, DC
2009: South Africa
2008: Kailua-Kona, HI
2007: Washington, DC
2006: Los Angeles, CA
2005: New York, NY
2004: Chicago, IL
2003: Washington, DC
2002: Dublin, Ireland