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Harvard & TAS Host Conference for Leaders of Tomorrow

Harvard & TAS Host Conference for Leaders of Tomorrow

In 1992, The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) held its first conference in Taiwan to create a forum of exchange for university students and young professionals to discuss the most critical economic, political, and social issues facing the Asia-Pacific region. Since then, HPAIR has organized 44 conferences in 12 different host countries, touching the lives of more than 10,000 conference delegates.  

TAS Dean of Teaching and Learning Amanda Jacob addressed the conference.

This year, the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations partnered with TAS to co-host their inaugural Harvard Youth Leadership Summit (HYLS) on January 12-14, 2024. The HYLS caters to globally minded high-school students, especially those interested in pursuing university in the United States.  

Forty-four students from TAS, the Pacific American School, Kaohsiung American School, the Hsinchu County American School, the Asia American International Academy, Kang Chiao International School in Linkou, the International Bilingual School at Hsinchu and the American School in Taichung joined as delegates. Led by eleven Harvard students trained as HPAIR mentors, the 3-day program provided a window of opportunities for participants to build leadership and promote cultural exchange. 

Current Harvard undergraduates led discussions.

The HYLS weekend connected the leaders of tomorrow in a dynamic forum of exchange mentorship to prepare delegates for life beyond high school. Employing research directives and guidance, HPAIR mentors led delegates through college panels, interactive discussions, workshops, and seminars. 

Dr. Chang-Chuan Chen, from National Taiwan University, addressed the event on the recent pandemic and other issues leaders of tomorrow will have to manage. Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Center for Asia-Pacific Resilience and Innovation (CAPRI), Dr. Chen is a Distinguished Professor at the Institute of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University.

Attendees got to know each other at the first night meet and greet session.

Dr. Chen stressed the integration of efforts to preserve the health of our planet, humans, and animals from pandemics, pollution, and global warming, calling our global connection a "one health" economy. He challenged student delegates to transform our economy with a holistic view of the planet's health, and work to eliminate health inequalities across income levels. 

A competitive “Impact Challenge" inspired delegates work collaboratively to research, develop, and pitch innovative and creative solutions using design thinking and present their solutions for pressing global challenges within a PowerPoint presentation. The problems ranged from coming up with ideas for generating sustainable revenue for a social media community to global decarbonization and eradicating poverty to reduce inequality in developing countries. Solutions were judged by the HPAIR mentors. 

Attendees discussed economic, political, and social issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.

With its mission to provide ambitious and passionate youth a platform to engage in global issues and develop the skills necessary for post-secondary challenges, the first TAS x Harvard Youth Leadership Summit was a success. Thank you to the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations for sharing in our mission to make the world a better place by helping us develop the leaders of tomorrow.