High-school students learn ‘new thinking’ in science, tech meet


Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. chief Fe Perez-Agudo inspiring students to become leaders. PHOTO BY RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4TH

STUDENTS coming from pre-selected areas in Luzon have joined the leadership summit recently held by HARI Foundation Inc. (HFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI).

HARI Foundation, together with the Department of Science and Technology -Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) has launched the Hyundai New Thinkers Summit, held at a hotel in Manila. The meet worked under the theme of “The Power of You thinking: You think. You talk. You transform.”

Hyundai New Thinkers Summit was staged so students could hear inspirational messages from—and eventually interact with—industry experts and idea generators.

Around 80 third-year and fourth-year high-school students coming from 41 public schools in Metro Manila, Region 3 and Region 4 were the first who experienced the leadership and learning convention. The major topics discussed during the three-day summit were Climate Science; You think, which addressed the “i-Generation,” or the new breed of young techies or digital natives; You talk, which tackles “Leadershift,” or the ability of the youth to take on leadership roles in society; and You transform, which focuses on “Kin+Ethics,” or youth-inspired advocacy and campaigns for nation-building.

HARI President Fe Perez-Agudo and DOST Undersecretary Fortunato de la Peña led in opening the summit while the key speakers were ABS-CBN Chief Digital Officer Donald Lim, Ideaspace Founder Earl Valencia; columnist and entrepreneur RJ Ledesma, Lloydluna Communications Chief Executive Officer Lloyd Luna, Synergeia Foundation President Milwida Guevarra and Mano Amiga Pilipinas Founder Eleanor Pinugo.

Agudo said the meet will be a continuous effort for HFI as it seeks to empower the Filipino youth, with the HARI chief adding that the students are at an age level where they should be thinking of what they want to be in the future.

Agudo said the summit took two years of planning.

De la Peña said it shares the vision of HFI in getting students prepared for the future.

“There would be new challenges for this young generation and they should be prepared. And through the help of science, we could enable them to be more equipped in the future,” he said.

The DOST-SEI is one of the service institutes of the Science Department that’s engaged in providing scholarships, awards and grants, and in developing, implementing and supporting programs to promote science and technology. It aims to create a pool of future scientists and engineers for the country.


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