Undergraduate Leaders Program

The Undergraduate Leaders Program or ULP (formerly Undergraduate Summer Program) is a 1 to 2-week program with 40-60 student leaders from multi-disciplinary fields. Generally focusing on the strengths of the host economy and university, leadership development and current relevant topics across the Asia-Pacific region, the theme of the program may differ from year to year.

Program activities include theme-related lectures and seminars with cultural and social activities. These activities are designed to help students further develop their leadership skills and competencies. Through the ULP, students from APRU member universities can enhance their international experience, enrich their key competencies and leadership potential, and engage in cultural exchange among other students across the Asia-Pacific.

Undergraduate Leaders' Program 2017


Hosted by Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), ULP 2017 will be held in Vladivostok, Russia from July 1to 12, 2017. Themed “Global Challenges for New Generation in Asia-Pacific Region”, this year’s program centered around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spearheaded by the United Nations and adopted by its 194 members in 2015. The program welcomes undergraduate students from all years and disciplines.

Apart from raising students’ awareness on issues affecting the globe in multi-disciplinary and multi-national contexts, the program encourages students to reflect on how they can better fulfil their role as global citizens, and explore innovative ways to tackle the global challenges through concerted efforts.

Program activities include theme-related lectures, keynote seminars, workshops, and social and cultural activities which culminate in a final project presentation summarizing their experiences throughout the program. These activities are designed to develop students’ key competencies and leadership skills while providing them with the chance to exchange and interact with other students from the Asia-Pacific region.




Undergraduate Leaders Program 2016

Click here to view Program handbook and list of participants
Click here to view Results Report
Click here to view video 

From 3 to 13 July 2016, 63 undergraduate students from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States participated in the APRU 9th Undergraduate Leaders’ Program (ULP) hosted by the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tecnológico de Monterrey) on its Puebla Campus in Mexico.

Themed “INSPIRE: Next generation of innovators”, this exciting 10-day program enabled students from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds to develop the skills to provide innovative solutions to real problems of global relevance while gaining new perspectives of co-creation in a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural context.

Undergraduate Summer Program 2015

2 - 12 August (with optional tour post-USP on 12 -15 August) 
"Developing Future Global Leaders of the Pacific Rim: The Different Facets of Leadership"

A total of 54 students from 17 APRU member universities participated in this year's Undergraduate Summer Program (USP) hosted by the University of Malaya's (UM) International Student Centre.

Focusing on the different facets of leadership and various immersion activities, the 10-day program engaged students in dynamic lectures and panel discussions on:
- Governance and Public Policy;
- Leadership in Non-Government Institutions;
- Leadership in the Financial Sector;
- Student Leadership, Empowerment and Community Engagement; and
- Women and Leadership, among others.

These were conducted by UM senior faculty and external guest speakers from the government, private sector and non-government institutions.

 Lecture Session
Participants listen to a fellow student during a lecture session.

Prior to the lectures and panel discussions, a program orientation was conducted on 3 August. An introduction to the USP and UM was presented by Madam Zarina Zainol Abidin, Director of UM's International Student Centre and Ms Cheryl Torrado, APRU Program Director (Global Leadership). This was followed by an opening ceremony in the evening whereby UM Vice Chancellor Professor Dato' Dr Mohd Amin Jalaludin and APRU Secretariat Director Ms Margaret Leong welcomed all student participants, and UM senior leaders and faculty. Performances featuring Malaysia's racial and cultural diversity, and introduction by the students were also highlights of the opening ceremony.

Undergraduate Summer Program 2014

The 7th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program was hosted by Nanjing University (NJU) from 7 to 14 July at NJU's Gulou Campus.

A total of 43 students from 20 member universities participated in the 2014 program which was jointly organized by NJU's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Office for International Cooperation and Exchanges. APRU Secretary General, Dr Christopher Tremewan and NJU Associate Vice President Pu Lijie were present at the USP and welcomed students during program's opening ceremony on 8 July.

Dr Tremewan presents a token of appreciation to Professor Pu at the Opening Ceremony.

Past Programs

6th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: Zhejiang University
Date: July 6 - 17, 2011
Theme: Developing Entrepreneurial and Innovative Talent in the 21st Century

5th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: National University of Singapore
Date: July 5 - 16, 2010
Theme: Rising to New Challenges – Impactful Leadership in the 21st Century

4th APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: National University of Singapore
Date: July 13 - 24, 2009
Theme: Rising to the Challenge - Global Leadership in the 21st Century

3rd APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: Fudan University
Date: July 7 - 18, 2008
Theme: Economics and Culture of a Changing China

2nd APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: Fudan University
Date: July 16 - 27, 2007
Theme: A Changing China: Economic and Political Reforms in Recent Years

1st APRU Undergraduate Summer Program
Hosted by: Fudan University
Date: July 24 - August 4, 2006
Theme: Introduction to Modern China