Undergraduate Leaders' Program 2017

Global Challenges for New Generation in Asia-Pacific Region

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Hosted by the Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), the Undergraduate Leaders’ Program (ULP) 2017 was held in Vladivostok, Russia from July 1 to 12. Over 50 students from Canada, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, United States and Russia participated in this year’s program.

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Participants and leaders of the Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2017.

Themed “Global Challenges for New Generation in Asia-Pacific Region”, the 2017 ULP was designed to raise participants’ awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) spearheaded by the UN and other development issues, echoing the discussion that took place at the 21st APRU Annual Presidents’ Meeting.

The 12-day program introduced the concept of global citizenship to students, equipped them with a better understanding of global challenges and honed their creative thinking skills to tackle these challenges through concerted efforts.

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Participants discuss on their sustainability projects.

Visit to Okean National Children’s Summer Camp. 

Organized in collaboration with the Model United Nations of the Russian Far East, seminars were tailor-made to familiarize participants with the various SDGs as well as imminent global issues such as cultural diversity, international relations and security, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. Participants were divided into teams and were challenged to develop an innovative project to address sustainability issues in their own context. The winning team “Green Spot” impressed the judges with their idea of creating an App to provide public with information on green spaces in the cities by leveraging other existing platforms. Other creative proposals included the provision of community fridge to reduce hunger and food waste, composting food waste on campus to benefit the local community, touching the heart of the homeless with food, and creating a website for monitoring one’s carbon footprint.

Fun-filled activities such as bus tour of the Vladivostok City, visit to Okean National Children’s Summer Camp, Matryoshka doll painting and Pelmeni making also allowed students to explore the far east city and Russian culture.