July 26th, 2013 | Published in Uncategorized
During the third week of June 2013, we introduced a new class of Google Student Ambassadors (GSAs) in Southeast Asia at our annual Ambassador Summit. This class of 136 outstanding students represents a diverse mix of concentrations and fields of study, representing 74 universities from the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Singapore and Pakistan -- all of whom are passionate about technology, Google, and educating their peers. Google Student Ambassadors are given the unique opportunity to serve as liaisons between Google and university for the duration of one academic year, holding workshops, trainings and events with their campus community around Google’s core products, programs and initiatives.
This year, we hosted the Ambassador Summit in Yogyakarta, a center for Javanese fine art and culture in Indonesia. The GSA Southeast Asia Summit was combined with 2 other community summits - the Google Business Groups and the Google Developer Groups. This gave the students the chance to interact with the other communities in the region, which will pave the way for more amazing events and collaboration in the coming months.
The students had three full days of trainings on Google products and tools for education, including hands-on game-show style sessions on Google Apps for Education, Google+ and YouTube, and trainings on how to host events and present with confidence -- two important responsibilities of GSAs on campus.
But the summit wasn’t all instruction! Students got to flex their creative muscle by making videos about their favorite Google Apps feature and sharing their local culture during the cultural night. Students took to the stage to perform traditional and modern dances and songs from their cultures. Notable performances included heartwarming songs by students from Vietnam and Pakistan, as well as when the audience found themselves joining the students for dancing on stage. Students even went so far as to teach the audience local languages and phrases - teaching the teachers!
|Students dancing on stage during cultural night|
The students shared that the summit was a tremendously valuable learning and networking experience, and the students were eager to find ways to stay in touch when it was all over. Aside from the learning experience, they were able to bond and start new friendships across the region. We look forward to the awesome and excellent initiatives our 2013 Google Students Ambassadors in Southeast Asia will bring in the coming academic year!
Posted by Aileen Apolo - de Jesus, Outreach Program Manager, Southeast Asia