Grooming leaders for the global age
"By hosting the Conference, we aim to foster friendship among university students around the world,” said Ms Roanne Law, Chairperson of the Student Organizing Committee. The Committee, comprising 21 CityU students, was formed to plan and coordinate the conference, with guidance and help from Student Development Services (SDS). “The SLC is also our best chance to share with other participants how we think Asia should adapt to the globalized market and contribute to the world,” Roanne added. Globalization, a prevailing trend causing rapid political and economic development in the Southeast Asia, was the chosen theme because it forces new leaders in the region to play increasingly challenging roles on the world stage.
Challenges of the 21st century
When asked about the values and qualities of 21st century leaders, Sir Gordon encouraged students to be compassionate to others and to develop a genuine interest in other people and their welfare. “Leadership is your ability to help others and to bring out their best capabilities,” he said. On the topic of resources and support conducive for learning and growth, he elaborated that good leadership is important for the wise allocation of resources -- essential for prosperity and advancement of a country.
Learning in a multicultural environment
Launched in 2000, the SLC aims to encourage university students to develop themselves and excel as future leaders, with the vision of contributing to the betterment of society and nations. In January this year, the Student Organizing Committee took a trip to
At the opening ceremony, Vice-President (Undergraduate Education) Professor Edmond Ko said "As CityU is celebrating its 20th Anniversary and striving to become a leading university in the region, I welcome you 20-year-olds who are also on your way to becoming leaders in
"Asia is developing rapidly. This is a great opportunity to gain new insights from interaction with student leaders from different cultural backgrounds," said Ms Feng Bo, a final-year Shanghai Jiao Tong University student. Apart from addressing issues, participants also looked forward to new experiences and friendship. Ms Farrah Shafeera Ibrahim, a second-year University of Malaya student, expected to gain leadership skills required in the current globalizing world. She believed the Conference not only strengthened her link with the rest of the world, but also enhanced her leadership skills. She searched the Web for information about
Mr Mohd Hairi Bin Hashim and Mr Haron B Arip, second-year students of the Universiti Sains Malaysia, anticipated that the Conference would help them develop their communication skills and expand their network. They jumped at the chance find out more about Chinese cultural values.
Other speakers at the Conference included Mr Paul Lyons, Co-founder and Managing Director of Asia Pacific, The Ambition Group; Mr David Eldon, Chairman of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Ltd; Mr Don Hanna, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific Economic and Market Analysis, Citigroup; Mr Joseph Chan, Acting Director of Student Development Services; Professor Richard Ho, Chair Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, CityU; and Professor Anthony Leung, Professor of the Department of Public and Social Administration.