by Jennallyssa Marie A. Eligino

A second year college student of First City Providential College (FCPC) attended an international youth leadership program in Bangkok, Thailand. The participant is Charlotte Marie A. Sales, 19, a nursing student from the College of Allied Medical Sciences.

“It’s quite far-fetched in relation to my course, but it helped me develop my leadership skills considering na I am a member of the [Supreme Student Council],” Sales said.

The conference is organized by the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP), hosted by the Panyapiwat Institute of Management from August 25 to September 1, 2019.

The number of participants is approximately 40, coming from 11 countries — Austria, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, India, Iran, Korea, Pakistan, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Philippines.

According to the AUAP participant, the program aims to unite the youth in promoting “harmonious collaboration” among people of diverse cultures.

She also shared how the leadership program improved her as an individual.

“I am becoming more understanding now than before. If I could establish a good rapport with different nationalities, what [more] pa kaya with my fellow countrymen, right?,” she said.

The AUAP is an organization recognized by the United Nations Educational , Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).

FCPC is one out of five tertiary institutions that represented the Philippines in the AUAP leadership program along with Lyceum of the Philippines University — Batangas, Centro Escolar University — Manila, University pf Mindanao, and Ou Lady of Fatima University — Antipolo

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