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Student leaders learn lesson in Manila

By Louise Errington

Postgraduate business student Krunal Barot recently travelled to Manila to attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium Postgraduate business student Krunal Barot recently travelled to Manila to attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium

A group of Charles Darwin University postgraduate students recently travelled to the Philippines to learn about social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

CDU Master of Business Administration student Krunal Barot said that attending the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Manila last month left him inspired to bring about positive and sustainable change for people living in developing nations.

After enjoying a program of motivational presentations, the group experienced first-hand what life was really like for people living in poverty when they volunteered a day of their time to assist Habitat for Humanity to build shelters for homeless people.

“It was a great learning experience to see how a little effort and compassion can make such a big difference in people’s lives,” Krunal said.

“We also learnt about how social entrepreneurship is a great way to combine profit-making and at the same time make a difference to the society.”

The symposium is an international humanitarian leadership forum where outstanding higher education students can learn about, explore and address global concerns about the plight of people suffering in extreme poverty.

It was attended by more than 700 student leaders from more than 45 countries.

Their attendance at the event was supported by The Blue Taxi Company, Rotary Club of Darwin Sunrise, Dr Abhishek Shukla, Michael Hill Jewellers, Darwin City Council and the Philippine Embassy in Australia.