Aug 9, 2010
On Monday, July 12 to Friday, July 16, 2010, three APU students participated in the "Global Initiatives Symposium in Taiwan 2010". Hosted by the National Taiwan University and focusing on the growing integration of Asian economies, the symposium welcomed approximately 120 student delegates representing their universities from 18 different countries and regions around the world. The delegates were selected through an essay competition under the theme of "Emergence of New Giants: Evolution or Revolution".
he first opening speech was delivered by Dr. Sirilaksana Khoman of Thammasat University on the topic of "Reshaping the world order: from G8 to G20". An essay exhibition was then held offering participants the opportunity to present their essay posters and essays to fellow delegates. On the following day, a forum on "Regional Integration in Asia: Prospects and barriers" was presented by Dr. Vinod Aggaraval, Dr. Hsin - Hwang Micheal Hsio, Mr. Paul S.P. Hsu and Dr.Yu-Shan Wu.
The second day of the symposium saw participants attending workshops focusing on "soft power", natural resources, sustainable urban development, and renewable energy. A highlight of the event of GIS 2010 was the presentation delivered by the President of the Taiwan, Ma Ying-jeou, who spoke about Taiwan's development and the importance of such symposiums for the development of future leaders. He also welcomed several questions from the audience. In addition to the 3 day conference sessions, there was also a variety of cultural exchange activities through which participants could experience first-hand the unique Taiwanese hospitality.
The APU participants gave their impressions on the symposium:
Anderson Villa (GSAD 1, Philippines)
"GIS is a big step forwards for young leaders throughout Asia and the world to get involved in global initiatives through open discussions and meaningful interactions under the principles of mutual respect and cultural sensitivity. It brings all the young and bright thinkers together to share their talents and perspectives in a free and lively environment".
Dimithri Devinda Jayagoda (GSAM 1, Sri Lanka)
"I am proud to say that I was the only Sri Lankan delegate at this, my second GIS Symposium. I was impressed by the words of the Taiwanese President and grateful for the opportunity he gave us to ask him questions".
Hans Nicholas (APS 4, Indonesia)
"It was a great opportunity for me to present my essay to such distinguished personalities; I gained a lot of valuable insights and made many friends. I was very impressed by the symposium and with Taiwanese hospitality".