A unique and culturally enriching experience for New Zealand students to attend the New Zealand China Youth Leadership Summit

The 2018 Summit has now been held in China where up to 100 students from New Zealand and China schools met in the beautiful Qingdao No. 9 School.

We are extremely grateful for the support and efforts of the Qingdao Education Bureau, Qingdao Foreign Relations and Qingdao No. 9 School. It was truly a magnificent and memorable event for everyone.


2018 Locations

Summit: Qingdao, China

Special Topic Days:  Hangzhou, Beijing, Qingdao and Qufu


2019 Locations

Summit: Christchurch, New Zealand

Special Topic Days: Christchurch, Mt Cook, Queenstown and Auckland (to be confirmed)


An exciting cultural immersion experience for New Zealand students

We need a new generation of global citizens, leaders and entrepreneurs with the skills and capacity to take on the challenge of bridging cultural differences

  • Do you see yourself as one of the next generation of global leaders and citizens?
  • Can we lead together through cross-cultural harmony, respect and understanding?
  • Are you prepared for the opportunities that exist between China and New Zealand?
  • What are the global issues of the 21st century and how will you face these together?
  • Are you keen to pursue a career in international leadership, business and engagement, foreign relations and diplomacy?


Who can attend

Students attending  high school or first year of tertiary studies (college or university) located within a sister city/school of  China and New Zealand. Ages 15 to 20 years. Students not located within a sister city may also apply. Applications must be supported by your school with attached references.


2019 Program and application

These will be available in November 2018. Enquiries to summit@globalengagement.ac.nz

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“The Summit was a lot more that just a 2 week trip, it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. The people we met along the was were amazing and the activities we got to do were incredible, while learning so much. I’m so privileged to have come on this trip and would have changed a thing. Its organised perfectly and we all had the best time.”

Lukas Scowen, Western Heights High School, Rotorua

Summit Leadership Program, Qingdao 16 – 18 July 2018

Global Citizenship, China and New Zealand Relations and Cultural Differences; Global Issues, Barriers and Challenges;  Facing Change and Transformation with field studies;  Tomorrow’s Leaders Workshop, China’s History and Culture – the same but different;  Tomorrow’s Leaders and Group Projects.


Summit Special Topics

Hangzhou 10 and 11 July visits to Alibaba, Lingyin Temple and Westlake

Beijing 12 to 14 July visits to The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the New Zealand Embassy

Qufu 15 July Visit to the Temple of Confucius

Qingdao 19 July Visits to CRRC Corporation (China’s High Speed Train) and Qingdao West Coast New Area Movie Theme