A group of ACU law and business students recently travelled to the Philippines as part of the first international study tour of the year under the New Colombo Plan.
Five Thomas More Law School and eight Peter Faber Business School students were selected to participate in the first international study tour of the year under the New Colombo Plan. The trip included lead lecturers Sr. Thuy-Linh Nguyen (Business - Melbourne) and Dominic Cudmore (Law – North Sydney).
The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
Law students at the Philippine Court of Appeals together with Justices de Leon and Fernandez.
On 5 February, the 12-day study tour kicked off for law students with an action-packed itinerary. During the tour, the law students were honoured to meet representatives of various Philippine superior courts as well as meeting with lecturers and law students from three universities:
Ateneo de Manila University Law School
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law
University of the Philippines College of Law.
Near the end of the tour, the law students spent time with young children in a centre run by the Unang Hakbang Foundation. This centre, in a disadvantaged area of metro Manila, was established to ensure that the children of local families receive quality schooling in basic skills such as mathematics, writing, English and an awareness of the rights established by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Lecturer Dominic Cudmore with law students with young children at the Unang Hakbang Foundation-run centre.
Meanwhile, the business students enjoyed a social entrepreneurship field experience and joined fellow students from University of Santo Tomas in strategic management, followed by a visit to Ateneo de Manila University’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and School of Management and the Australian New Zealand Chamber of Commerce (ANZCHAM).
The business students also had some wonderful immersion experience at the Thousand Oaks Packaging Corporation – a small company in a poor area, and two Gawad Kalinga (GK) communities. The visits to the GK communities were deeply touching and confronting, as students witnessed the lives of people living off dumpsters, but also rewarding – as they helped to prepare lunch for over 700 children.
Sr Thuy-linh Nguyen and business students helping out at the Thousand Oaks Packaging Corporation, Manila.