A total of 170 students from various ASEAN countries including six undergraduates from Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) joined the 4th Asean Future Leaders Summit (AFLES 2016) programme that thrives on international network as well as accentuate potential.
The delegation was greeted by the UUM COB Assistant Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Rushami Zein Yusoff together with the campus community at the Islamic Centre when the delegation made a brief stop at UUM before they proceeded to PSU to attend the closing ceremony.
According to Prof. Dr. Rushami, the 10-day programme was aimed at strengthening leadership, building consensus and creating a community network to help them lead the society.
AFLES would be the best platform to develop young leaders who are creative, independent, sensitive to social justice and human rights from across the borders apart from trying to enhance the network and collaboration.
"Make use of the opportunity provided to share ideas and strategies on how to build a better future for Asean community and surely much more can be achieved if we are united to work together.
"Here they have the opportunity to meet young leaders from ASEAN and undergo training in prestigious ASEAN organisation as well as get acquainted with students who come from various countries," he said.
The programme in collaboration with UUM, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and Prince of Songkla University (PSU) also promoted Malaysia as a destination for higher education among ASEAN.
Meanwhile, a student of UUM Bachelor of Business Management (Logistics and Transport) programme, Ms Nurul Atiqah Hassan welcomed the programme as it provided students with the much needed exposure to master a variety of leadership and management skills.
"Students are given the confidence to manage activities that require critical thinking in decision-making and effective communication skills to build self-confidence when dealing with the public," she said.
"As ambassadors of UUM, I am indeed grateful to have been given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in developing myself holistically as a student by getting the exposure in terms of forming positive attitude, self-confidence, positive values, creativity and teamwork amongst group members.
Trang Le Quyruh Trang of Foreign Trade University, Vietnam also shared valuable experiences when she was able to get acquainted with many new friends apart from having the opportunity to visit interesting places and experience unique cultures.
Trang was also fortunate to get to know many friends from various countries such as Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines indirectly promoting Vietnam in aspects of life and culture.
"This programme has opened the minds of students and promoted positive thinking in fact students have become even more confident to face the global community," said Trang.
Earlier they visited various interesting spots in Malacca, Kuala Lumpur, Shah Alam and Penang.
Source : UUM ONLINE