Group urges HS students to study sciences in UK

AN international organization is encouraging high school students to pursue an academic career in United Kingdom (UK) universities, specifically in sciences.

In its public engagement activity dubbed as #thinkScience yesterday, the British Council (BC) gathered together some high school students of University of San Carlos (USC) for a discussion on studying science courses abroad.

“We go around the country and we talk to high school students to get them interested in careers in science,” said Andrea Teran, program manager of BC.

Yesterday’s event at the USC-Talamban campus was the second of six #thinkScience legs in the country; the first one was in Baguio earlier this year.

Teran said this is the Council’s way to spark interest among high school students to study courses in line with science and technology, engineering and math.

Scientist

“(This is) to provide opportunities for them (students) to share with other groups their interest of becoming a scientist,” Teran said.

BC invited Systems Technology Institute (STI) Head of Sales Danny Romero and Ateneo legal specialist Joyce Tan.
Romero showed the audience what it is like to be working in the engineering industry.

Education

On the other hand, Tan, a Cebu native, showcased UK as a global leader in science education.

Tan, who now works as a legal specialist in Manila, is an alumna of the University of Edinburgh where she finished her master’s degree in Environment and Development in 2013.

“They can learn from international teachers and fellow students and have internships there and then come back here to apply what they have learned,” Tan said.

After the talk, BC met with the USC-TC faculty and officials to discuss Newton Fund, a UK government fund for science and innovation distributed to 15 countries - one of which is the Philippines.

“Currently, the British Council together with the British Embassy runs the program in the country. We’d like to advertise it to as many universities,” said Teran. (EJR)
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