University Scholar’s Association of the Philippines has conducted its 4th International Scholars Convention and International Young Leaders Congress 2021, with the theme "Promoting the Values of Diplomacy, Leadership, and Resiliency towards Global Partnership and Sustainable Development” last November 25-27, 2021. Seven Miriam College Scholars have taken part in the said Scholar’s Convention namely Boquiren Angelica, Canero Carla, De Leoz Erica, Flores Stephanie, Javier Julienne, Noche Danielle, and Oliva Nerhema with the special participation of G. Quintana, 4th-year International Studies Student. Out of the 7 scholars, 4 are from the Department of International Studies.
The International Scholars Convention and International Young Leader’s Congress is an event participated by almost 12 different countries worldwide and universities all over the Philippines. Its goal is to teach young leaders and scholars to promote the values of diplomacy and resiliency towards global partnership. The three-day program was filled with knowledge from different speakers around the world. Participants were divided into breakout rooms sessions to this the topics that include Leadership excellence in the midst of pandemic; a response from Scholars, Diplomacy in the Digital Age of Sustainable Development, Social Media and the Conflict Resolution Strategies of the 21st Century Leaders, Academic Excellence in the New Normal, Resiliency in Times of Adversities, and Global Partnership for Sustainable Development.
According to Angelica Boquiren, one of the scholars assigned to the topic of conflict resolution, she has learned the value of sharing our own story in order to inspire and motivate others to their full potential. The rest of the MC scholars were assigned to discuss the topic of global partnership. “I learned how resiliency can have both positive and negative effects on people (Flores); I learned about the importance of resiliency in times of adversity and learned that scholars must be able to respond to changes and situations like the current pandemic (Noche); in consideration of how my actions can benefit others, I realized through the wise words of the speaker that we can make very impactful decisions in regards to how we utilize our platforms as leaders. In this case, there are various ways wherein we, as leaders, can uplift and motivate our constituents by simply expressing our thoughts of empowerment towards them (Javier). These are just some realizations from our MC scholars. They are looking forward to attend the next event of the University Scholar’s Association of the Philippines. -- By Nerhema Oliva