Asia Leadership Trek2018-07-25T01:35:46+00:00

About Asia Leadership Trek

The Asia Leadership Trek is a unique, overseas learning experience devoted to exploring the most important issues and cutting-edge ideas through engagement with political and business leaders, educational figures, entrepreneurs, and students.

The Trek, which is Harvard parlance for student-led socio-economic, political and cultural tours of a country or region has played an essential role in the Harvard University graduate school experience. The original Asia Leadership Trek organized by the Center for Asia Leadership Initiatives began among students in the Harvard community and were exclusively for participants chosen from the greater Harvard graduate school community, the MIT Sloan School of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Columbia Business School, and the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The Trek has now evolved to include professionals from non-Harvard communities who want to grow their skills and bring forth measurable change to their communities.

There is no better way to understand the world than active on-the-ground engagement. These one-of-a-kind study tours take leaders to locations all across Asia and expose them to the region through active engagement and knowledge sharing of best practices, and is fast becoming an emerging model for 21st century learning.

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Scholars from Harvard benefited
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Leading companies visited
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Meetings with minister- level dignitaries or above
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Cities visited across Asia
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Countries visited across Eurasia

21st Century Learning

The trek, which is Harvard parlance for student-led socioeconomic, political and cultural tours of a country or region have played an essential role in the Harvard University graduate school experience. The original ‘Asia Leadership Treks’ organized by the Center for Asia Leadership began among students in the Harvard community and were exclusively for participants chosen from the greater Harvard graduate school community, the MIT Sloan School of Management, and the Tufts Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. The trek program has been adapted by our Center and made available for the public.

There is no better way to understand the world than by active on-the-ground engagement. Through preparation, experience, and reflection – this learning journey is fast becoming an emerging model for 21st century learning.

Programs

ASIA LEADERSHIP TREK
The flagship ALT is a one-month study tour and public service program that brings scholars from Harvard to various
destinations across Asia to gain a better understanding of the region. This program takes place twice a year, covering
at least 6 to 7 countries each Trek.

ASIA ENTREPRENEURSHIP TREK
This Trek invites social entrepreneurs to explore Asia’s silicon valleys and education hubs in countries such as Japan,
China, Taiwan and Korea. On this journey, participants will learn what business and government leaders in some of
Asia’s most developed economies are doing to reach the next frontier of development.

GLOBAL EDUCATION TREK
This Trek takes education practitioners and policy makers from Asia and the United States to Singapore, Seoul, New
York and Boston to investigate and explore the world’s best educational models, practices, and pedagogies from both
the East and the West.

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP TREK
An 18-day journey through the political, business, and education capitals of the United States including Boston, New
York and Washington D.C. This exciting Trek for high school, college and university students from Asia will include
visits to Ivy League universities, international organizations, up-and-coming and established businesses, sightseeing,
as well as a three-day in-class leadership program in Boston.