Global Youth Conference 2013 Gathers 200 Student Leaders from 32 Countries at Taylor's University

A two-day conference to equip young leaders to become global leaders of tomorrow was officiated by YBhg Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr Zaini bin Ujang, Secretary General II, Ministry of Education recently at Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus.

Themed “Equipping Global Leaders of Tomorrow”, the Global Youth Conference 2013 was organised by Taylor's University and supported by the Student Affairs and Development Division of the Ministry of Education. Also present during the launch were YBhg Professor Dato’ Dr. Hassan Said, Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor's University and Ms. Angela Pok, Vice President of Student Experience, Taylor's University.

As many as 200 student leaders, both local and international from 32 countries around the world who are currently in Malaysia to pursue their tertiary education in both public and private universities, participated in the conference. Some of the countries represented during the conference include USA, China, Korea, Egypt, Mauritius, Singapore, Thailand and Tanzania.

The participants, from 25 institutions of higher learning throughout Malaysia, were given the opportunity to network with other student leaders besides being able gain a cross-cultural experience as well as knowledge sharing and professional guidance to prep them to be global leaders of tomorrow.

Before launching the conference, YBhg Dato’ Seri Ir. Dr Zaini bin Ujang applauded Taylor’s University for taking the initiative to organise the conference.

He encouraged gatherings of this nature as it would allow student leaders to learn from experts as well as from each other.

”An exceptional leader must possess transformational leadership skills as they will then have the ability to influence people to transform themselves to achieve the goals of an organisation or a nation,” he said.

This year’s conference, the third year in running, aims to provide a conducive environment for student leaders to hone their skills and aptitudes particularly in the areas of leadership, global entrepreneurship, cross-cultural competencies, youth volunteerism and professional image; to inspire student leaders in enhancing their skill sets as versatile leaders of the global marketplace; to celebrate diversity and establish a platform for intellectual exchange and cross-cultural communication across students of all nations and disciplines; and to promote intercultural understanding and establish connections for knowledge sharing and networking.

The conference is also tailor-made as an avenue for like-minded student leaders to participate in a series of forums, talks and dialogues that will enhance their readiness to join the global market as productive contributors.

Jude Dominic Ng, the Curtin University Sarawak Malaysia Student Council President, shared that conferences like that are useful for student leaders.

“I plan to start a Student Leaders Congress for East Malaysia where we come together twice a year to discuss issues and find solutions,” shared the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering student.

According to Professor Dato’ Dr Hassan, Vice Chancellor and President of Taylor’s University, “It is a great honour for Taylor’s University to have the support of the Student Affairs and Development Division of the Ministry of Education to organise the conference for the third consecutive year.

“Through this conference, we hope to continue to create strategic platforms for the younger generation to be exposed to critical areas such as leadership, global entrepreneurship, cross-cultural competencies, youth volunteerism and professional image which are instrumental in shaping them to become future leaders in the global communities,” he said.

He added “student leaders in this conference will have the opportunity to broaden their horizon in becoming versatile leaders of the global market. At the same time, the Conference provides unique opportunities for students to establish global connections for knowledge sharing and networking”.

Yusuf Salisu Abdullahi, a student from Al-Madinah International University, shared that he has learnt a lot from the speakers who led sessions throughout the two days of the conference.

Yusuf, who is the Vice President and Manager of Students Activity Committee at the university, said that the conference was a unique opportunity for students to share the same platform with the invited speakers, who provided invaluable advice to all the participants.

Among the invited speakers who took the stage to share their experiences, knowledge, and success stories were Pradeep Nair, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Taylor’s University, Thanuja Ananthan, Miss World Malaysia 09/10, Vishen Lakhiani, Founder and CEO of Mindvalley, Andreas Vogiatzakis, CEO Malaysia, Omnicom Media Group (OMG), John-Son Oei, CEO, Epic Collaborative and Shawn Wong, Certified BrandImage Consultant (CBIC).

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