|- 60 trainees of different parts of Korea to be picked through English essays|
- ´Science generates future, science leadership essential to global leaders´
SEOUL, Korea - ‘LG, Korea-based industrial giant, and the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) have launched a special leadership training program for talented students to nurture future global leaders. The two organizations will jointly conduct the first ‘LG-IVI Science Leadership Program,’ which will select 60 high school students from different parts of Korea for this year.
The program aims to improve participants’ “science leadership” skills considered a virtue essential for future global leaders, and encourage volunteer activities, while instilling them with a spirit of volunteerism through a series of lectures to be given by successful role models.
To this end, the LG-IVI SLP will select 60 talented students through an English essay contest set to take place in June. The program will then require that selected students carry out volunteer activities in August according to the plans outlined in their applications. Notably, the program will offer a weeklong training course in September featuring a series of lectures by global leaders to help the young students design their vision for the future and improve thinking and leadership skills. The faculty team will consist of leaders and celebrities in Korea and elsewhere, including IVI Director-General Dr. John Clemens and Tablo (IVI Youth Goodwill Ambassador) of the music band Epic High.
Following the course during September 1-6, the students will have a chance to put into practice lessons learned from the lectures, during a second round of volunteering activities scheduled for October and November. Participants who complete the seven month-long program will be honored with a diploma awarded by the IVI in December.
IVI Director-General Dr. John Clemens said, “I believe that the LG-IVI SLP will make great contributions in cultivating the next generation of global leaders by and expanding knowledge and increasing the spirit of community service of talented young students from Korea.” Joy Sohn, head of fundraising at the IVI and program coordinator for the IVI- LG SLP, said, “The program is not about teaching science subjects such as physics, biology and chemistry, but about boosting science leadership skills, which are a needed for future leaders.”
The entire program will be conducted in English. Sponsored by LG Electronics and IVI, the program is offered free of charge, and thus applicants and participants pay no fees. In January, LG Electronics donated $400,000 to IVI to conduct education programs and support the Institute’s humanitarian efforts for the world’s children. For more information on the LG-IVI SLP, visit www.lgeivi.com, or contact +82-2-881-1123.About IVI
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is the world’s only international organization devoted exclusively to developing and introducing new and improved vaccines to protect the world’s poorest people, especially children in developing countries. Established as an initiative of the United Nations Development Program in 1997, the IVI operates under a treaty signed by 40 countries and the World Health Organization. The Institute conducts research in 28 countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America on vaccines against diarrheal infections, bacterial meningitis and pneumonia, as well as Japanese encephalitis and dengue fever, and develops new and improved vaccines at its headquarters in Seoul. For more information, please visit www.ivi.int