ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT RAKSHIT JAIN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University | Hung Hom, Hong Kong | Advancing SDG 10, 17 & UNAI 6

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" The world we live in currently, functions the way it does just because "it always has functioned like this, at this pace, in this direction". Due to which I often see a reluctance to change. This reluctance is the force that drives me forward, wanting to make a difference and achieve that change. I'm honestly really excited to be here, with a wonderful set of leaders from around the world, because I get the opportunity and freedom to experiment, make mistakes and try something new. Even if I fall, I know that I have people to lift me back up and help me be better. Working with people who care about these issues genuinely as much as I do serves as a big reminder to myself about the importance of these global issues and a motivating force to keep doing what I do, never stop. That is, keep making those changes, fight the reluctancy, and make a difference, even if it's small, do what you can, because at the end of the day, it'll all be worth it, and the Millennium Fellowship knows that. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Ikigai

Ikigai is a beautiful Japanese concept about the 'value of being alive'. It is an organization aimed at raising funds for underprivileged children around the world. What’s different about Ikigai is that it enables anyone, with a computer, to be able to donate without actually spending any money, by simply using our application extension.

I am partnering with schools, colleges and other organisations around the world and taking in partner ambassadors, who will facilitate the large scale installation of this application and drive this fundraiser forward. I’m currently also in talks with people from UNICEF and other NGOs, to set up a framework for the distribution of the funds raised. Moreover, This application is more than just a fundraiser. It inculcates a lot of psychology and education-related research to provide a productivity-enhancing experience to computer users at these organizations and even individually, at the click of a new tab button. With Ikigai, I will be advancing SDG 17 Partnership for goals, SDG 10 reduced inequalities and UNAI 6. This application is it's in the final stages of development and starts rolling out mid-November 2020!

About the Millennium Fellow

Rakshit Jain is a Computer Science undergrad from Hong Kong Polytechnic University. What really makes him, him, is his curiosity, outgoing nature, and the ability to optimize. He is someone who always strives to look at problems from a different perspective, often from a Philosophical and Psychological point-of-view, giving him a creative edge. Rakshit believes that every person he has met in his life, has had something he didn't, learning from these people shaped a major part of his personality. He hopes to be better, everyday, and give back to the people and ecosystem that made him who he is.