Student leaders attend leadership symposium in Kuala Lumpur

Belinda Bantham -- Thu, 08/08/2019 - 09:59

Student leaders attend leadership symposium in Kuala Lumpur

We should all work together, harnessing servant leadership to build a better world. This was the message of the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium (USLS) that six North-West University (NWU) students attended from 1 to 7 August 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The six delegates, representing all three NWU campuses, were Ivana Ceasar, Leo Maphosa, Khushubu Patel, Dalena d`Assonville, Lwazi Nene and Dalshaan Hennicks. Dr Neo Morei, deputy dean of the Faculty of Law, accompanied them. 

The symposium themed “Together We Serve” was hosted by the Humanitarian Affairs Asia and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This week-long event focused on social development for young leaders from all over the world.

Its main purpose was to spread a strong message to young leaders to work together to build a better world through servant leadership.

Approximately 1 500 young leaders from more than 100 countries attended the event, which offered the NWU delegates the opportunity to rub shoulders with hundreds of like-minded peers who want to build a peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world.

Chairperson of the NWU Student Representative Council Leo Maphosa says they have learned a lot.

“This was an enriching experience. I was able to meet inspiring young students from around the world, and learn about the social change projects they are implementing in their home countries.”

He says the USLS facilitated a unique environment, allowing them to connect with other like-minded young leaders with whom their paths would otherwise not have crossed.

“Going forward, I think there is a need for Africa to also give African issues such a platform. This will enable us, as active agents of change, to implement the social changes needed for the sustainable development of the continent,” he adds.

Strutting their stuff – here are Ivana Ceasar, Leo Maphosa, Kushubu Patel, Dalena d’Assonville, Lwazi Nene and Dalshaan Hennicks during the gala evening of the 10th University Scholars Leadership Symposium.