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    Global Youth Summit set

    Filipino students and youth leaders are in for continued learning and development as international non-profit organization Global Peace Foundation, together with SM Cares, Consuelo Foundation, PLDT, and SM Youth, gear up for this year’s Global Youth Summit (GYS) on August 29 and 30.

    GYS will be held via Zoom and will be shown through live streaming at select social media channels.

    In its 8th year, GYS will contribute to the UN 75 Dialogues, the world’s biggest conversation on building a better future. The topics selected by youth gather diverse perspectives and creative ideas on what is needed to address emerging risks and opportunities to achieve sustainable development. The views and ideas generated in the virtual summit will be presented to world leaders and senior UN officials on Sept. 21, 2020 at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

    For this year, the discussions will focus on five critical topics that matter most to the Filipino youth: health amid the COVID-19 pandemic; protection and conservation of the environment and natural resources; educational system reform; the impact of new and digital technologies; and inequality across different aspects of life.

    Industry leaders and prominent personalities make up this year’s roster of Global Youth Summit speakers. These include head of PLDT Corporate Communications Group Cathy Yang, environmentalist and House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, president and CEO of Consuelo Foundation Greg Auberry, national chair for Youth for Mental Health Coalition Dr. Raymond Naguit, director of OECD Paris Andreas Schleicher, television host Kim Atienza, and Agon Hare of popular YouTube Channel “Project Nightfall.”

    Mapúa partners with telcos for affordable Internet for students

    Mapúa University has partnered with telecommunications companies (telcos) to provide affordable Internet subscription plans to its students while in a remote learning setup.

    The University partnered with Globe, Smart, and SkyBiz, a Sky Cable subsidiary.

    To help them with their online learning, a wide array of connectivity packages, including home prepaid wifi subscriptions and mobile data plans, data and laptop bundles, and home broadband packages, are made available to Mapúa students.

    Mapúa students may choose from different student packages such as home prepaid wifi and mobile data plans from Globe, where students may get up to 60 gigabytes of data for P599 valid for 30 days.

    Another option is the Acer X Smart offering which includes a laptop and pocket wifi bundle with an additional savings of up to P6,000.

    SkyBiz, meanwhile, offers a school-exclusive high-speed Internet up to 150Mbps and special partnership program privileges such as fast lane application and three-day quick installation.

    The said packages are the result of the collaboration between telcos and the education industry in creating more affordable Internet subscription plans exclusive for students.

    This school year, the Yuchengco-led university provides flexible learning options to students – either fully online or blended learning mode – depending on their needs and preference.

    ‘Digital Choice’, or the fully online mode, is for students who prefer remote or distance learning, while ‘Flipped Learning’ or the blended learning mode is for those willing to return to campus for face-to-face learning.

    The implementation of the learning options and resumption of in-campus classes will be subject to the prevailing policies of IATF and the national and local governments in relation to COVID-19.