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.

"The USP serves as a training ground to nurture students and enhance their skill, experience, teamwork and leadership qualities," said VC Mohd Amin.

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Students speak during a Q & A session at the USP orientation.

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UM Vice Chancellor Mohd Amin and APRU's Ms Leong address participants at the Opening Ceremony. Photo by: University of Malaya

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Students introduce themselves and their universities. Photo by: University of Malaya

During the course of the USP, students participated in a special leadership workshop as part of their personal development. Students also had the opportunity to discuss and work in groups that encouraged cross-cultural exchange and fostered collaboration among students. In addition, students formed teams and presented project proposals based on their key learnings from the program. The top three teams with the best proposals received awards which was sponsored by the APRU Secretariat.

Immersion activities included cultural classes and a weekend home stay at Malacca, one of Malaysia's historic towns and a UN World Heritage Site. These activities were aimed at deepening the students' understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures. It was also aimed at enhancing the students' intercultural competence which could have potential positive effects on their future career or leadership success. An optional eco-tour to Taman Negara was also organised by UM post-USP.

View USP photos here. Read related article here. See media coverage here.