Developing qualities of a leader
SUNWAY International School (SIS) is committed to creating leaders through the Sunway Asia Leadership Youth Camp. Youth can sometimes find themselves in situations where their decision-making, attitudes and habits significantly impact what they do today and what they aim to do tomorrow. It is important to instil self-awareness of their identity, attributes, character, principles and values for them to develop future leadership qualities.
Jointly organised with the Center for Asia Leadership, SIS will be hosting the third Sunway Asia Leadership Youth Camp from July 10 to14 at its Bandar Sunway campus.
The camp is a five-day residential leadership programme and focuses on “Building 21st Century Core Qualities”. Designed for youth aged 15 to19 years, participants will get to explore their purposes, expand their potential and define their successes in this rapidly changing world.
The camp will be led and facilitated by teaching fellows from Harvard University and other globally renowned universities.
Participants will be involved in workshops on change leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship and social-profit initiatives as well as sessions covering career mentorship, inspirational leadership and discussions on best practices. Participants will also experience various scenarios, lively panel discussions and a forum to deliberate and debate current issues.
Center for Asia Leadership president Samuel Kim said: “Some workshops are designed to increase our youth’s capacity to lead through pressures and communicate effectively in diverse settings. Fellows use a mixture of ‘case method of instruction’, ‘case-in-point teaching’ and structured exercises to deliver their concepts. Other workshops build our youth’s capacity to approach problems and solve them with innovative thinking, using sets of frameworks and tools that incorporate design thinking, rapid-prototyping, value-creation and trust building in collaborative environments.”
Kim said that “career mentorship has proven to be very effective for youth in our previous camps as the teaching fellows play the role of career counsellors and help participants gain insights into their possible career paths”.
Based on outcomes of previous camps, the emerging young leaders demonstrated zeal and drive for inquiry, discovery, and mastery of new knowledge and skill-sets.
Kim’s goal is for youth to recognise their purpose, potential and talent and to be ready to assume the mantle as future leaders. The participants will be exposed to world-leading best practices and instructive tools in hope they will become more capable and ethical individuals who will continue to lead, innovate and inspire others.
SIS has worked with the Center for Asia Leadership to run the Sunway Asia Leadership Youth Camp since its inception in Malaysia in 2015.
SIS executive director Mien Cheng said: “I have seen students transform and become more confident and courageous in seizing opportunities, as well as overcoming challenges after they attended the Asia Leadership Youth Camp. SIS believes in the benefits of developing positive leadership attributes as the Canadian school curriculum offered at our School comprises Character Education and Community Service programmes as well.”
SIS’s purpose-built, conducive and fully Wifi-enabled campus in Bandar Sunway has been the ideal “home-away-from-home” venue for participants of the camp.
SIS is an institution fully-owned and governed by the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation. Together with the Center for Asia Leadership, it is committed to providing youth with the head start necessary for them to impact the world in positive ways.
Participants will experience various scenarios, lively panel discussions and a forum to deliberate and debate current issues at the Sunway Asia Leadership