ALC January 2017 Attracts a Record-Breaking Number of 1,000 Students
by Ida Fazila
A record-setting 1,000 students participated in the Asia Leadership Conference (ALC) 2017, organized by the Center for Asia Leadership (CAL) at Sunway University on January 14, 2017.
The one-day conference attracted high school and college student leaders aged between 15 and 22 years old from across Malaysia who wanted to learn more about the essentials skills needed to be 21st century leaders in the increasingly globalized and fast-changing world.
Designed to empower and inspire the youth to become change makers, the ALC 2017 served as a platform for the participants to gain invaluable skills, knowledge, and tools to tackle 21st century challenges through effective leadership. This was in line with the ALC 2017’s theme of “Becoming Asia’s Change Makers: Tools for Solving Problems and Overcoming Challenges.”
Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership delivering his speech at the opening ceremony of the Asia Leadership Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
The Asia Leadership Conference 2017 drew the biggest number of participants with 1,000 youth from different age groups and various backgrounds.
The ALC 2017 is part of the Asia Leadership Trek (ALT) 2017 whereby twenty-two scholars or Trekkers from Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, and the Northwestern Kellogg School of Management embarked on a one-month study tour across Asia to engage with thought leaders in government, business, and local social enterprises. The ALC 2017 was held during the Trekkers’ pit stop in Malaysia that gave them the opportunity to share their experiences and insights on the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century with the participants.
Trekkers gearing up for a packed schedule at the Asia Leadership Conference 2017 in Kuala Lumpur.
During the Conference, the participants joined various activities that were developed to provoke inner change in them to become Asia’s change makers and motivate them to make a difference in the world. The activities included:
- Panel Discussions – Trekkers acted as panelists and engaged with participants to spark open discussions and debates on emerging topics related to leadership, the economy, education, and politics.
- Workshop Series – Facilitated by the Trekkers, participants engaged in discussions and activities on leadership specially customized for young leaders in Asia.
- TED Talks – Trekkers presented talks on personal leadership, innovative processes, and global trends as well as sharing their own unique life stories to inspire the participants.
- Lectures – Trekkers gave presentations on current topics related to leadership, the economy, education, healthcare, and politics. Aimed to equip participants with the right tools to strategically manage challenges and to identify opportunities in today’s world, the lectures encouraged participants to take part in open discussions and debates on emerging topics with the Trekkers.
Trekkers sharing their views with the audience during a Panel Discussion.
A participant posing a question during a Panel Discussion.
A Trekker conducting a workshop.
Participants taking part in an interactive activity during one of the workshops.
A Trekker engaging with the participants at his workshop.
Participants in full concentration during one of the lectures.
A Trekker delivering her lecture at the Asia Leadership Conference 2017.
Nineteen-year-old Muthu Narayanan who recently completed his Pre-University course, attended the Conference for the first time and was impressed with the topics of discussion. “The Conference managed to broaden my mindset and I learned lots of new leadership skills including how to become a good communicator and to write a good resume. At the end of the day, I realized that the first step to becoming a change maker is to have the discipline and self-confidence to take actions. We need to continuously learn to enhance our knowledge and skills in order to become a better leader,” said Muthu.
Meanwhile, Ng Ming Li, a seventeen-year-old high school student in Kuala Lumpur enjoyed the activities held throughout the Conference. As the Head Prefect at her school, Ming Li looked forward to acquiring new skillsets to help her become a better leader. “I joined the ACL 2017 to boost my confidence and improve my leadership skills. The Conference taught me important lessons in solving issues around me especially when it comes to managing conflicts through emotional intelligence,” she added.
Another first-timer at the Conference, Nor Atiqah Noor Faadi said that the ACL 2017 enabled her to discover new ideas and issues related to current affairs. The twenty-year-old student said, “The Trekkers were knowledgeable and shared relevant information on how to become a change maker in today’s complex world. At the same time, they encouraged us to reflect on our learnings and apply them to real-life situations.”
During the Conference, CAL also had a soft launch of its three soon-to-be-published books, namely ‘Rethinking Asia: Leading in 21st Century Asia,’ ‘Leaders in Development: Enhancing Your Leadership Effectiveness in a Changing World,’ and ‘Next Generation Leadership: Empowering Youth to Shape the Future of Asia.’
Mr. Samuel Kim, Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership (far right) with authors representing each of the soon-to-be-published books by CAL.
The ALC 2017 was a resounding success not only in terms of participation numbers, but also the impact it had on participants to create positive social change in a world that is in dire need of energetic, imaginative, and innovative youth to lead the future generation.