| Achong Tanjong |
SIX undergraduates from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) left for Jakarta, Indonesia, to attend the 1st Asean International Youth Leader Assembly 2014 (AIYLA), on December 8.
The six-day programme from December 9-14, themed ‘Enhancing Student Significant Role toward Asean Community’, will be held at Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, one of the oldest universities in Indonesia.
Hj Mohamed Ramli Hj Jumat of the Students Affairs Section, UBD, was present at the Brunei International Airport to see the students off.
The Asean International Youth Leader Assembly is not a usual Asean International event. AIYLA 2014 aims to provide a constructive forum for University Student Council throughout Asean member countries to identify problems and manage further operations that will help in regional development.
AIYLA 2014 consists of academic substance that will equip student activism across Southeast Asia.
The programme hopes to enhance understanding of the changing regional and national politics influenced by the Asean Community.
Universitas Gadjah Mada hopes that student unions in Asean will engage in cooperative partnerships and strengthen their capacity to engage effectively in addressing issues facing Asean Community at both regional and national levels.
The objective of the assembly is to establish a sustainable forum to gather university students across Asean member countries.
The assembly also aims to prepare Asean Community as an entity to carry the principle of society development and enhance the role of university students as intellectual actors. It also aims to increase awareness among people regarding Asean.
The assembly is going to be historic as it will be the very first time for student union leadership in Asean countries to come together and also support the Asean Community 2015.
Some 19 universities from ASEAN member countries will take part in the assembly including five from Indonesia, two from Singapore, three from Malaysia, one from Brunei Darussalam, three from Thailand, two from Cambodia, two from Philippines and one from Laos.