Asia Union Leaders Summit 2015
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The Asia Union Leaders Summit is an international program designed for high school, college, and university youth to meaningfully tackle emerging leadership challenges the region is facing.

It is modeled after the U.S. Congress and Law Making and adaptive leadership courses at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; it uses Stanford’s design thinking approach, and is influenced by the Model UN Simulation.

Building on the Trilateral Leadership Summits I to III which were held annually from 2014, the evolution of The Asia Union Leaders Summit is grounded on the learnings from the past and in response to the changing geopolitical and socioeconomic landscape of Asia.

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Content Overview

The future of one’s country and region lie in the hands of its young people. The opportunities for global leadership, and the potential to be the most prosperous region in the world, are ripe in Asia. But the region also faces challenges due to the geopolitical and strategic uncertainties surrounding its complex historical and territorial issues. This 5-day, 4-night program provides young representatives with the skillsets to lead in 21st century Asia.

  • Using leadership frameworks taught at Harvard University, participants will gain a better understanding of the complexities and varying perspectives on inter-Asia relations, increase their leadership capacity and skill level through participation in discussions, simulations, and skill-building workshops, as well as develop a growth mind-set, inter-region friendships, and a global orientation.
  • Participants will engage in interactive workshops, professional development sessions and career mentoring with teaching fellows from Harvard University. The program also provides participants with the opportunity to undergo a summit simulation for inter-country dialogue, networking, awareness-raising, and collaborative skill development.
  • By the end of the program, participants will gain practical knowledge, skills, and experience on leadership, public speaking, and problem solving, and be guided on how to develop the right mindset to pursue peace, common prosperity and leadership initiatives in their future respective fields, their home region, and around the world.


Through the program, participants will:

  • Increase leadership capacity and skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus-building
  • Explore interdisciplinary frameworks for analyzing the current intra-regional challenges from big-picture and grassroots perspectives, and identify collaborative accelerators and inhibitors
  • Build analytical and behavioral skills, and develop tools to foster and sustain an entrepreneurial and cross cultural approaches to the problem
  • Learn fundamental concepts and gain fresh insights on problem-solving strategy.
  • Understand the difference in culture and crisis-management practices from the perspective of diverse nations and regions.
  • Connect with and develop a strong network of high achieving peers from different countries, interests, and schools.
  • Receive mentorship from Teaching Fellows from Harvard and other leading universities

“The (program) was both thought-provoking and inspirational…The training left me eager to restructure my ideals of leadership and my own leadership direction and style. I explored the most important questions about myself…”


Trilateral Leadership Summit I

  • November 12-15, 2014
  • UNESCO Peace Center, Incheon, South Korea
  • In collaboration with: Youth Union of Politics and Diplomacy
  • Supported by: Asia Foundation, Northeast Asia History Foundation
  • For photos, please visit this link.

Trilateral Leadership Summit II

  • August 18-23, 2015
  • Sendai Ikuei Gakeun High School, Sendai, Japan
  • In collaboration with: Intilaq, St. Bell Education Group
  • Supported by: Harvard University Asia Center, US Embasy Tomodachi Initiative, Route H-Benesse, Rotary Club, Korean Embassy in Japan, Prudential Insurance

Trilateral Leadership Summit III

  • July 24-28, 2016
  • Incheon Global Campus, Seoul (Incheon), South Korea
  • In collaboration with: Youth Union of Politics and Diplomacy
  • Supported by: Incheon Global Campus, Route H, George Mason University Korea, SUNY Korea, Ghent University Global Campus, The University of Utah Asia Campus
  • Regional Collaborators: Intilaq, St. Bell Education Group
  • For more information about last year’s program, please read this article on our Blog:
  • For Facebook photos, please visit this link.

“What I learned about leadership through this workshop was that, a leader is not someone who could merely order others efficiently but one who could think of ways to create value and build trust with others…”


Applications are open to students aged 14-18 years from countries from Asia and the United States (students over 18 will be accepted on a case by case basis) interested in diplomacy and international relations, who are seeking an opportunity to:

  • Learn about global and regional political, economic, and cultural issues
  • Increase their leadership capacity and skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, negotiation, and consensus-building
  • Engage in an interactive learning experience that promotes problem solving and design thinking
  • Travel, meet new people, and make new friends!

Targeting 80 students from 8 different countries representing at least 7 countries in Asia and the United States.

How to apply? (Deadline: June 30, 2017):

  1. Go to the Asia Union Leaders Summit 2017 Application Page
  2. Sign up for a CAL Account
  3. Login with your CAL account
  4. Complete application form
  5. Wait for Acceptance Email
  6. Complete Payment
All participants must:

Before the conference

  • Successfully complete the application (to include link when ready)
  • Submit deposit final payments on time
  • If you are not a citizen of South Korea, have a valid passport that expires after Feb. 24, 2018
  • Prepare all necessary documents such as your travel visa.
  • Complete all necessary program readings and assignments.

During the conference

  • Attend all official meetings and programs
  • Positively represent their country, their school, and themselves by treating fellow delegates with humility, respect, and dignity
  • Actively participate as a productive member of the group
Individuals from countries from Asia, the United States and students with a special interest in Asian affairs, this program is ideal for students aged 14 – 18 years (i.e. born between 24 July 2003 and 28 July 1999). Students born before this will be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

For delegates traveling from outside South Korea:

  • Once you are an accepted program delegate, you will need to send us your flight details by a deadline after which we will coordinate your details. You will need to book your ticket to arrive before 3:00pm on July 24, 2017. We will have a welcoming team waiting for you at the Seoul Incheon International Airport or Gimpo International Airport. The first program starts at 6:30pm on the evening of Monday, July 24, 2017 at the program venue. CAL Country Representative Daniel Kim (+82-10-5590-2595) will be coordinating pick-up and will be on stand-by to ensure that you are welcomed and arrive safely to the venue.

For Korean participants:

  • All Korean participants will need to find their own transportation to the program venue and arrive before 5:00pm.

We will leave the program venue on Friday noon, July 28 after lunch. The program officially ends at this time. Our bus will drop you off at these points: a) Incheon International Airport, b) Gimpo International Airport, and c) Seoul Gwanghwamun City Center. If you are not with an adult chaperone, you will need to have explicit parental or guardian permission in order to be released at this time.

The program fee of USD 1,250 includes:

  • The AULS program facilitated by Teaching Fellows from Harvard and other leading universities, includes the Simulation, Leadership & Innovation workshops, Professional Development Sessions, Career Mentoring Sessions, and others.
  • All boarding at the program venue from July 24-28, 2017.
  • All meals from the evening of July 24 until lunch of July 28.
  • All transportation including from and to the airport (for non-Korea participants) and all official programs.

The fee does not include:

  • For delegates not residing in South Korea: Unfortunately, the program fee does not include the cost of the flight ticket. You will need to book a ticket that arrives in Korea on July 24, 2017 before 3:00pm and leaves on the afternoon of July 28, 2017 or later. Once you are an accepted program delegate, you will need to send us your flight details after which we will coordinate your details. We will have a welcoming team waiting for you at the Seoul Incheon International Airport or Gimpo International Airport.

Please contact our country representatives who can send you additional information on separate packages (flight, visa, tour) per country:

  • You will receive a payment link which directs you to our credit card online platform. However, if you would like an alternative means to pay, you can wire transfer money to our bank in the United States (details below) and send us a receipt of the payment.
    • Bank Name: Bank of America
    • Swift Code: BOFAUS3N
    • Account No.: 4664353652
    • Routing No.: 011000138
    • Account Holder: Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives Inc.
    • Address: 14 Nancy Lane, Waltham, MA 02452

The program officially ends on July 28, 12pm after which we will make drop-offs and see delegates off at the airport. You are free to make your own plans. If you are not with a chaperone, you will need to have explicit parental or guardian permission in order to be released at this time. You must inform Program Organizers of your plan before the program begins.

For questions about the application, program, guidelines, or eligibility requirements of the Asian Union Leaders Summit, please contact:

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