A unique and culturally enriching experience for New Zealand students to attend the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit in Qingdao, China


9 July – 20 July



Summit: Qingdao

Special Topic Days:  Hangzhou, Beijing, Qingdao & Qufu


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 in their first year of tertiary studies (college or university) located within a sister city of  China and New Zealand. Ages 15 to 20 years. Students in sister school relationships not located within a sister city may also apply.

Program and application

2018 Youth Leadership Summit programme

Application for registration Youth Leadership Summit

Please complete and send by email to summit@globalengagement.ac.nz

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Regional Education Development Forum

School and education leaders, and local government representatives, who wish to accompany students are able to sign up for the Regional Development Forum which is running in Qingdao at the same time.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Summit. This was a fantastic opportunity to gain a better understanding of what the future holds for NZ-China relations. We not only discussed our cultural and societal differences, but also how we are alike in many ways. I have made many new friends, both Chinese and NZ students, of whom I will stay in contact with as a result of this conference. it was a great opportunity to practice my Chinese with native speakers, and also help them with their English. I really enjoyed hearing Graci Kim speaking about her time as a NZ diplomat in Beijing.”

Mitchell Brett, ACG Parnell

Summit Leadership Program, Qingdao 16 – 18 July

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 Haier, Sino-German Ecopark, Qingdao University