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Hwa Chong Brings Together Youth Leaders from 13 Countries

24 Jul 2018

From 22 to 27 July 2018, Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) is pleased to organise and host the 12th Hwa Chong Asia-Pacific Young Leaders Summit (12th HC-APYLS). The Summit is one of the signature events in Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) organized in the spirit of borderless learning. This year, 101 students and teachers from 28 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 “IGNITE: Rekindling Our Dreams”. 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 six-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, Chairman, Middle East Institute, National University of Singapore (Former Ambassador-at-Large, Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, and Permanent Secretary, Prime Minister’s Office (Special Duties)

Delegates had a tea session with the President of the Republic of Singapore, Madam Halimah Yacob, at The Istana on 23 July.

Gracing the occasion was Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade & Industry and Deputy Secretary-General, National Trades Union Congress, who delivered the Keynote Address at the HCI (High School) Auditorium on 23 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 28 schools from 13 different countries will be attending this year’s summit.

Country Number of Schools Schools
Australia 1 Brisbane Grammar School
China 4 Guangdong Shunde Desheng School
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 1 Binus School
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 6 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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