University Social Responsibility (USR) was the key theme of the Asia-Pacific Students Leaders Forum held from 8 to 10 June in Singapore. The inaugural forum was hosted by the National University Singapore (NUS) and featured a key dimension of USR in particular developing young leaders as the agents of positive social change. Eighty-four students from sixteen APRU member universities have worked together on coming up with ideas and proposals on addressing various social issues– poverty, unemployment and income inequality, climate change, ageing population, disaster preparedness, health, gender inequality, access to education and juvenile delinquency, among others.
"... The forum was useful, beneficial and interesting. It is important that the youth is engaged in these issues and activities," said a student from the University of the Philippines.
APSLF Participants and organisers gather for a group photo. Photo credit: National University of Singapore