The inaugural Hwa Chong Asian Young Leaders Summit 2006

The 21st century is often regarded as the Asian century. Already, the Asian economies produce almost 40% of global GDP and the figure is set to rise with the emerging economies of China, India and Malaysia; while Japan is of course the world's second largest economy after the US. To reap the huge benefits of economic co-operation, Singapore has intensified its efforts to build strong ties with these Asian giants.

In 2006, HCI organised the inaugural Hwa Chong Asian Young Leaders Summit (HC-AYLS) from 17-28 July 2006. The Summit took the form of a forum for promising Asian student leaders who have clearly demonstrated a commitment to serving society. The project was initiated by inviting the most outstanding young leaders from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit 2007

In its second year, the Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit (HC-APYLS) provided a newly-expanded and high-profile platform for student leaders from even more countries from the Asia-Pacific to network with each other and to further develop their social and political awareness.

The activities planned were wide-ranging and catered to both foreign and local participants. They included:

a. Outdoor Activities (e.g. Sarimbun Scout Camp);
b. Cultural Immersion (e.g. local Gourmet, visits to Places of Interest, sharing, Cultural Night performances);
c. Community and Environmental Awareness (e.g. student-led community service, visit to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserves, Night Safari);
d. Commercial / Industrial Site Visits (e.g. NEWater Plant, Lucasfilms Studio, Singapore Airlines, Singapore Press Holdings, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation);
e. Political Awareness (e.g. tea session with the President of the Republic of Singapore, discussion and interaction with Cabinet Ministers, talks on environmental, commercial and diplomatic issues); and /span>
f. Personal Development (e.g. MBTI Type-Profiling Programme, enrichment workshops).

As the word 'summit' suggests, the HC-APYLS aspires to provide a platform for the best young minds of the Asia-Pacific region to discuss issues pertinent to the region today. This pinnacle of Asian youth is embodied by the symbol of an upright triangle - grounded by a wide and firm base, and peaking at the top to chart a direction for the future.

The individual triangles represent the gathering of young leaders of diverse ethnicities, cultures and backgrounds, as marked by the different shades of the same colour scheme. All these are freely stacked to form the silhouette of a mountain, representing how leaders across the continent can build on each other's strengths to surmount common problems.

As a triangle always has a point that indicates an upward direction, the unity of these different nations despite their differences is reflected in how the triangles that make up the mountain ultimately point toward the same goal.

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