Asian Studies Academy Students to Attend Global Student Leaders Summit in China

Asian Studies Academy Students to Attend Global Student Leaders Summit in China:  Gathering of Young Leaders Will Focus on Leadership and 21st Century Skills Development through Cultural Immersion and Real-World Problem Solving

March 10, 2014 – Asian Studies Academy principal, Mario L. Cruz, announced today that a group of students and teachers will travel to China this coming Friday to attend the Global Student Leaders Summit. The Summit brings together young leaders from around the world to inspire and prepare them to solve the global challenges of today – and tomorrow.
“We are very excited to attend this year’s Summit,” said Rose Higgins, Asian Studies Academy theme coach. “The Summit provides an amazing opportunity for our students to experience China’s rich history and culture, while studying critical issues related to social business and the evolving global economy. We are particularly excited about the Summit’s project-based learning challenge, which will allow the students to strengthen their skills of creativity, leadership, innovation, and adaptability by working with peers from a totally different cultural background.”
During this year’s Summit, students will travel to Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai on a ten-day immersive, educational tour to explore China and learn about its remarkable economic growth in recent years. The trip culminates in a two-day leadership conference where students from the U.S. and China will work in collaborative teams on a challenge to create socially responsible businesses using the design thinking process. They will also hear keynote speeches from former U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. and Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg, hosts of National Public Radio’s Planet Money. Undergraduate students from Harvard and Yale and employees of Google China will mentor Summit participants as they work on their challenge project.
The students traveling from Asian Studies Academy will be joining students from across the United States and China. This trip is possible through a generous contribution from Travelers Insurance.
Submitted by
Mario L. Cruz, Principal
Asian Studies Academy
215 South Street
Hartford, CT 06114
(860) 695-2400

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