Asian future political leaders gather at Fudan
Updated: 2017-08-17

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Students attending the 11th Asian Future Political Leaders' Association Forum form the event's name on a lawn in the Fudan University campus in Shanghai. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

The 11th Asian Future Political Leaders' Association Forum drew to an end at Fudan University in Shanghai on Aug 10.

The non-profit event is a joint effort by Fudan University, Peking University, National Taiwan University, South Korea's Seoul National University and the University of Tokyo in Japan.

This year's edition, which took place at the Fudan campus from Aug 4 to 10, was attended by more than 125 students from the five schools.

Aimed at enhancing the students' mutual understanding and promoting even closer ties between them, the event invited the youngsters to discuss the latest political, diplomatic, economic, social and educational development trends in East Asia.

They were treated to a variety of lectures delivered by renowned professors, such as Fudan's Shen Dingli and Jin Xiaofeng, who shared their insights into educational challenges in East Asia.

The youngsters were also given the chance to hold face-to-face talks with these renowned figures. The free and open atmosphere encouraged them to exchange opinions and come up with many creative new ideas.

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Students attending the 11th Asian Future Political Leaders' Association Forum pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony in Shanghai on Aug 4. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

Su Changhe, a professor at Fudan's School of International Relations and Public Affairs, appreciated the students' efforts and their ability to combine classic and innovative approaches to the subjects under discussion.

"I hope that in the future young people from East Asia will play a leading role in solving various global issues," Su said.

A talk show focusing on the lifestyle of young people in East Asia heard the voices of 20 student representatives, who shared their ideas on topics including "Culture and Tradition" and "Campus Life". It worked as an effective platform for the students to get to know each other better and broaden their mutual understanding.

What's more, to make their stay in Shanghai more interesting and enjoyable, the students attended a city orienteering event, a cultural immersion night, and tried many delicious local dishes.

This is the second time that Fudan has played host to the forum since it joined the organizing group in 2009.

The event's success was primarily down to the concerted efforts of the Fudan students, whom as members of the core planning team, made thoughtful arrangements for everything from the accommodation and catering to organizing the talk show and lectures.

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Students share their ideas on political, diplomatic, economic, social and educational development trends in East Asia. [Photo/fudan.edu.cn]

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