UTP Student leaders embark on youth development program in Vietnam

Last update: 05/12/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 5 -- On 12th August 2019, a team consisting of 20 students from the Student Representative Council of Universiti Teknologi Petronas had embarked on a program to Hanoi, Vietnam.

The program, named Youth Leadership Global Network 2019 (YouLead 2019), was aimed at developing students into ethical, innovative, responsible, civic minded leaders who would contribute

positively to their local and global communities with a series of sub-programs that were carried out for two weeks from 12th to 24th August 2019.

Among the sub-programs that were carried out were a Leadership Summit, Cultural Exchange Engagement, FPT Software Company visit, YouLead Talk, Social Experiment in Hanoi City, Vietnam Ethnic Cultural Village visit, CMC Global Company visit, a courtesy visit to the Malaysian Embassy in Vietnam and Clean Up Challenge in Hanoi City.

According to Isfahan Fauzi, the Project Director of YouLead 2019, the main highlight of

the program was the social experiment which was carried out in Hanoi City. 

According to the ASEAN Youth Development Index (ASEAN YDI), Vietnam shows a great upwards trend in their Participation and Engagement domain data but for Malaysia it shows a series of fluctuations with an unsteady trend. The social experiment was set to validate and study the data of the YDI and to identify the core values of the Vietnamese youth that drives their volunteerism spirit. 

The social experiment was conducted at Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi AEON where most youths in Hanoi city choose to hang out. 

It  conducted by students from UTP by asking help from strangers on the streets of Hanoi and interviewing them afterwards.

Another major part of this project was the ‘Clean Up Challenge’ which was also conducted at Hoan Kiem Lake. 

This ‘Clean Up Challenge’ was set to further inculcate the spirit of volunteerism in the hearts and minds on Vietnamese youths who may one day be the future leaders of ASEAN.

The program was conducted by distributing hand gloves to strangers in the streets of Vietnam and encourage them to spend 5 minutes of their time to pick up the rubbish on the streets along with all the other volunteers on the streets. 

It ended with all the 20 students from UTP singing ‘Jalur Gemilang’ in the middle of the busy streets of Hoan Kiem Lake to rise the spirit of Malaysian patriotic values as it was the Malaysia’s Independence month.

Some other parts of the project include a cultural engagement where students from UTP and FPT university exchanged their knowledge of their local cultures. This included teaching FPT students to play Malaysian traditional games such as Congkak and Dam Haji. The ceremony was ended by presenting a complete set of Congkak and Dam Haji to the students of FPT University.