November 19, 2012
The 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative Now Open for Student Applications
— Top four students to represent Singapore in the forum to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in July 2013 —
Singapore, November 19, 2012 – Hitachi Asia Ltd. today announced that the 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) is now open for applications from interested students attending three participating universities to represent Singapore at the regional forum, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 1-5 July 2013. Established by Hitachi, Ltd. in 1996, HYLI is a regional thought-leadership and corporate social responsibility programme which aims to identify Asia’s future leaders. The initiative offers an opportunity for top students, not just academically, but also active social contributors, in Asia to discuss regional economic and social infrastructure issues with prominent regional opinion leaders from the private, public and academic sectors.
“Over the years, HYLI has brought together many talented student participants and provided an opportunity for them to become more involved in creating the societies they wish to live in. Many are now well-placed in academia, in government and in business, and are having a real impact on their communities thanks in part to their experiences with HYLI,” said Mr. Yukio Toyoshima, Managing Director of Hitachi Asia Ltd. “In 2013, Hitachi is looking forward to welcoming HYLI back to Thailand and hosting a new group of potential leaders.”
From now until 21 December 2012, applications are open for students from the three universities participating in HYLI. They are: National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU).
The theme for the 12th HYLI is “The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy.” Speakers and panel discussions will be organised around two broad sub-themes: (1) AEC2015: What Can ASEAN Really Expect and Asia’s Significance in the Global Economy and (2) Connectivity: The Driver of ASEAN Competitiveness.
Featuring keynote speakers, panel discussions, field trips and workshops, HYLI offers a unique opportunity to learn about some of the most pressing issues facing the region and world today from the people responsible for addressing them. It also provides students a chance to engage with these and other leaders, and to have a forum to present their ideas about important issues to the media.
To qualify for the HYLI programme, students need to meet the following criteria:
- Be an undergraduate student (3rd or 4th year) or post-graduate student, below 28 years old at the time of the initiative in July 2013. Note: Students who finish their final-year examinations in May 2013 are also eligible.
- Possess strong leadership abilities, as well as a good track record in academic excellence and extra-curricular activities
- Have a keen interest in regional and global current affairs
- Be fluent in English
Shortlisted students will be required to attend an interview with the Singapore Student Selection Panel in February 2013. The four university students chosen to represent Singapore will join their counterparts from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan.
Interested students from participating universities may ask for an application form from the Student Affairs Office of their respective universities or call +65 6825 8032 / email: JTan@webershandwick.com for further information.