Student Leaders' Network meeting
The second U21 Student Leaders' Network meeting will take place at the National University of Singapore from 26 February to 1 March 2015.
The theme for this year will be Nurturing Today’s Leaders for Tomorrow’s Challenges. The rationale behind the selection of this theme is that every country encounters multiple challenges and problems that they have to face on a daily basis. As society continues to advance and develop, globalization has become a fast growing phenomenon which brings the international stage to close proximity in this shrinking world. Everyone has become so intimately linked together in this global village that each challenge that a country faces is no longer an isolated problem for them. This has heightened human awareness of responsibility to an intense degree on cross-cultural leadership issues. Future leaders can expect to face similar issues that are shared globally as well as dissimilar issues that are uniquely to their nation.
Each university will give a presentation with a cultural performance to introduce the unique background and traditions of their home country. This facilitates opportunities for cultural exchange in the hope of contributing to the formation of a generous, open-minded acceptance of diversity within the U21 SLN.
Following this will be a sharing session where all the universities will critically analyse and firm-up goals that were set last year for the U21 SLN. This will help lay down the foundation of the U21 SLN and provide the future possible directions that the U21 SLN can work towards. Topics for sharing include:
- Ways to promote U21 to the student bodies in the respective institutions
- Suggestions to the U21 network on opportunities that students believe would add benefit to their studies
- Review of the Student Experience (SE) projects – the U21 Internship Scheme and the U21 incubator. These sharing would help chart the progress of the current status and relevance of the U21 SLN within the U21-network on the global settings.
Lastly, the sharing sessions will end with a presentation on any leader from the respective countries of the delegates that exemplifies extraordinary leadership quality. This allows the student leaders in the U21 Student Leaders’ Network to gain a deeper insight on leadership sustainability – the commitment to change and improve oneself that is consistent with shifting requirements, not just individually but for the organisation as a whole. Leaders influence their followers in the pursuit and achievement of common goals but the nature of the influence depends on the leaders’ character and behaviour. Through this sharing session, the student leaders will be able to analyse what it takes to become a successful leader in leading their organization and how this may differ from their own culture and country.
There will also be a working group discussion, during which the delegates will abstract the core values of the leadership in different cultures, in hope that they gain a better understanding of the diverse forms of leadership. They will then apply these new found insights on their own leadership skills so as improve themselves as leaders and therefore improve their student governance in their respective organizations. From there, they are able to find ways to amalgamate and synthesize the differences in culture to come out with the best practices to solve pertinent problems that student leadership of today is currently facing. Examples include (but not exhaustive):
- How to enable student leadership to become more relevant and engaging to their respective student population
- How student leadership can play a role in the education, student representation and student experience.
- To solve the problem of student apathy towards student leadership
At the end of the two days of working group discussion, there will be a paper presentation by each working group and together, the U21 SLN will vote to decide the best paper.
Each U21 university may send up to two delegates and will have internal processes for selecting their representatives. Speak with your international office if you are interested in attending.
The registration deadline is Saturday 31 January 2015.
The event organisers have set up a special registration page, which can be accessed at https://esurvey.nus.edu.sg/efm/se.ashx?s=705E3EF41206DF90. All queries should be addressed to Alvin Tan at NUS.
There is no registration fee and accommodation and meals will be provided by the hosts. Delegates (or their home university) are responsible for flight costs, transfers to and from the airport, visa, insurance and any other related costs.