General News

Hwa Chong Brings Together Youth Leaders from 13 Countries

25 Jul 2017

From 24 to 31 July 2017, Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) is pleased to organise and host the 11th Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit (11th HC-APYLS). The Summit aims to create a cross-cultural networking platform for top student leaders from around the world. This year, 103 students and teachers from 29 schools in Australia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore are attending the Summit.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Connecting the Dots of an Uncertain Future”.  Through student dialogues and learning journeys, it is hoped that delegates will appreciate and embrace the responsibilities they bear as agents of change of the next generation.

This eight-day programme has a daily theme, and brings delegates on visits to key installations, statutory boards, tertiary institutions and civic bodies. These visits will give delegates an opportunity to learn from top government officials and policy makers about Singapore and its role in the Asia-Pacific region.

Some of the speakers at our Summit Dialogue this year include: Mr Bilahari Kausikan, Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (former Permanent Secretary, MFA); Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, and Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office (Special Duties); Ms Anna Vanessa Haotanto, The New Savvy, CEO and Founder

Delegates will also be looking forward to a tea session with the President of the Republic of Singapore, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam, at The Istana on 28 July.

Hwa Chong Institution’s Principal, Dr Hon Chiew Weng said,
            “Over the past 11 years, HC-APYLS has established itself as a valuable platform for youth leaders to connect with one another and discuss issues pertinent to our society today.  I hope that delegates will all be able to gain new insights, inspire and yet be inspired by their peers from around the world, as they forge new friendships.”

Gracing the occasion was Mr Desmond Lee, Minister, Prime Minister's Office & Second Minister for Home Affairs & National Development, who delivered the Keynote Address at the HCI (High School) Auditorium on 24 July (Monday).

To read the Keynote Address, please visit:

For daily updates and reflections of the delegates’ experiences, please visit the Summit website:

Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit: Participating Schools

Countries and Schools Represented:
A total of 29 schools from 13 different countries will be attending this year’s summit.

Country Number of Schools Schools
Australia 1 Brisbane Grammar School
China 3 The Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University
The High School Affiliated to Xi’an Jiaotong University
Wuxi Big Bridge Academy
France 1 Institution Saint Joseph
India 2 Bishop Cotton Boys’ School
Vasant Valley School
Indonesia 2 Binus School
SMA Negeri 4 Denpasar
Japan 2 Azabu Senior High School
Senior High School at Otsuka, University of Tsukuba
Malaysia 2 Chung Ling High School, Penang, Malaysia
The Malay College Kuala Kangsar
Philippines 1 Philippine Science High School Main Campus
Singapore 7 Anglican High School
Catholic High School
Chung Cheng High School(Main)
Crescent Girls’ School
Hwa Chong Institution
Nanyang Girls’ High School
School of Science and Technology, Singapore
South Africa 2 Clifton School
Durban Girls’ College
South Korea 1 Bugil Academy
United Kingdom 2 Harrow School
Wycombe Abbey School
United States 3 Dominion High School
Scarsdale High School
Staples High School
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