LUSU Involve International Event Inspires World and Business Leaders of the Future

LUSU Involve International Event Inspires World and Business Leaders of the Future

Students from across India, Pakistan, Malaysia and Lancashire met Iran-born Melody Hossaini from The Apprentice at an international summit aimed at inspiring them to become the world’s future leaders.

The young people attended the International Summit organised by the Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) Involve team in London.

They also met business leaders from blue chip companies such as IBM, KPMG, Centrica, Accenture and Ernst and Young, as well as MPs and charities.

Melody created national headlines with her single-minded performances on this year’s BBC 1 show The Apprentice with Lord Sugar.

Her Global Youth Consultancy Business specialises in helping young people maximise their potential to be the best that they can be.

LUSU involve is the UK’s biggest and most successful university volunteering unit and provides international opportunities for Lancaster University students both in the UK and overseas.

A key part of the project has involved students taking part in volunteering projects to see first-hand how their actions can help communities.

Earlier this year, a group of youngsters from India met MPs in Parliament and partnered with leading Lancaster academics to share knowledge on Global Food Security.

The University’s partnerships in India with GD Goenka World Institute, Malaysia with Sunway University and Pakistan with COMSATS CIIT University, deliver Lancaster-validated degrees in subjects including Management, Psychology, Computing and Engineering.

Melody said: “At a time when youth unemployment is at its highest, I believe it should be a primary activity to deliver valuable, relevant and practical Skills Development seminars to support young people.

“This is what my involvement with LUSU Involve at their London Summit was all about, with the aim of raising the aspirations of the students as well as supporting them to develop their personal goals and to, importantly, realise their individual skills.

“I’m personally passionate about championing Social Entrepreneurship amongst young people.

“Millions of young people volunteer in the UK every year giving their time to valuable causes such as community improvement, transport and education. Causes they are passionate about.

“However, when they finish school and go off to university or when they are ready to earn money, they are almost forced to abandon their passion for social causes and get a ‘real’ job!

“With the right tailored training, strategy and attitude, we can bring in a new wave of Social Entrepreneurs in the UK. This not only helps the economy but, equally importantly, communities too.”

George Gardiner, LUSU President, said: “We are enthusiastic to see students from campuses across the world sharing their experiences and learning about success from leading businesses and key people, inspiring them and giving them the ability to become the leaders of the future.”

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