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Gokongwei wants more than 30 young professionals for RP, China training

Taipan John L. Gokongwei, Jr. is looking for the second batch of Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) China Scholars -- more than 30 young and bright Filipinos who will be trained here and in China to be among the country’s future leaders.

Last year, Gokongwei and the GBF China scholarship committee chose the first batch, comprised of 34 young men and women. Disciplines of Chinese language, culture and business were steeped in them at the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation Learning and Development Center in Pasig and later in China where they studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University for 10 months.

GBF will shoulder tuition fee expenses and provide monthly stipend and medical insurance to the scholars.

The scholars are under no obligation to work with JG Summit. All Gokongwei asks is that the scholars return to the Philippines, “I want them to learn what makes China tick and then be able to apply those learning here.”

Gokongwei, who built the JG Summit conglomerate from scratch, has been pushing Chinese studies, saying a person who knows both East and West is more well-rounded and could potentially be a better leader.

Gokongwei is also a firm believer in honing the youth for the country’s future. “Each young person can change the world. My goal is to equip young Filipinos with experience and understanding of a better way to do things from other countries. Then they can come up with their own conclusions as to how they can make an impact here.”

Gokongwei is proud of what the China Scholarship has accomplished and is looking forward to sending the next batch of young, passionate Pinoys.

“We need hardworking, young people with leadership qualities if we want to change things for the better. It is my fervent hope that by coming back to the Philippines and leading their generation with positive change, the Philippines can truly be able to uplift its place in the world,” Gokongwei said.

Applications for the second batch should be submitted to the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) from February 23 to March 23, 2009. Applicants must be college graduates with at least one year work experience, and from 21 to 30 years old.

The scholars will undergo a ten-month development program, which will include learning Chinese language and culture, and selected elective studies in economics, management, and other development-related fields.

They will spend the first five months of the program in a partner school in the Philippines and the remaining five months in a partner academic institution in China.

Application forms are available at the GBF Committee Office located at 41/F Corporate Human Resources Office, Robinsons Equitable Tower, ADB cor. Poveda Avenues, Ortigas, Pasig City, or from selected participating partner schools. Forms can also be downloaded from the JG Summit Holdings Inc. website www.jgsummit.com.ph.

Interested parties may also contact the GBF China Scholarship Program office at tel. nos. 633-7631 local 246 & 283.

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