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Christian-Muslim UP Student is one of
PH’s Representatives in ASEAN Leadership Summit
By Rochelle Rocaclez
Kris Library Volunteer
Christian-Muslim youth leader Arizza Ann Sahi Nocum left for Singapore yesterday to represent the Philippines in the pioneering batch of students from 11 Asian countries qualified to join the first Southeast Asian Global Undergraduate Leadership Programme (SEAGULL) put up by a leading university in Singapore.
Nocum, a junior Oblation Scholar at the University of the Philippines, will join fellow UP students John Paul Sawali and Leah Marie Gemanil who also qualified to be obtain full scholarship for the cross-country leadership development program sponsored by the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Institute for Societal Leadership (ISL).
The international leadership program, which aims to “create effective, committed societal leaders for the future of the region,” will take student representatives from 11 Asian countries in a leadership study and training program in various Asian countries in the coming months.
“I am so overwhelmed by this opportunity. As a representative of the young people of this country, it is my duty to gain all I can from SEAGULL and translate my insights and experiences into actions that can positively impact the Philippines,” share Nocum.
The 20-year-old junior industrial engineering junior at University of the Philippines (UP) sits as administration of the multi-awarded Kristiyano-Islam (KRIS) Peace Library, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the poorest young people in conflicted areas in the country.
For building libraries, setting up free computer use and distributing books in various conflict hotspots of rebel and terrorist groups in the Philippines since 2001, Nocum bagged the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) 2011, the Smart Communication’s Community Idol Award in 2010; the Cobra Energy Drink Pinoy Hero Award for the Youth in 2013; the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Essay Writing in 2014; and nominated as among 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World by the Filipina Women’s Network.
SEAGULL 2015 is a pioneering three-leg programme hosted by the Singapore Management University (SMU) and the Institute for Societal Leadership (ISL). It will bring together more than 20 exceptional young leaders from 11 different countries in Asia, including Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Brunei, Myanmar and East Timor.
The first leg of the SEAGULL program is Singapore and will be held from January 12 to 16 and the succeeding period is in July and September in others Asian countries.
SMU and ISL have sent invitations to all major universities and colleges in the Philippines and across Asia. Nocum and fellow delegates John Paul Sawali, a 5th Year BS Civil Engineering and Leah Marie Gemanil, 4th Year BS Education from UP, passed the series of written and oral interviews held through the Internet and online video conference sites.
The Singapore Management University (SMU) has been globally recognized as a premier academic institution throughout Asia. Established in 2000, SMU has earned its international reputation of providing a world class research and distinguished teaching.