ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop aims to mould young urban pioneers

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE 2019 ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop will take place in Seoul and Singapore from July 8-18 under the theme, ‘Sustainable Smart Cities: Molding the Young Pioneers of Smart & Innovative Urban Solutions’.

According to a press release, the event is being organised by the ASEAN-Korea Centre, and 80 students from Korea and ASEAN, including Southeast Asian students studying in Korea, have been selected to take part. Students from Japan and China recommended by the ASEAN-Japan Centre and ASEAN-China Centre will also join the workshop.

It was shared that this year, participants will attend expert lectures, visit smart technology sites, and discuss potential areas of co-operation between ASEAN and Korea in developing sustainable smart cities.

At the end of the workshop, students will present their own policy recommendations on ways to strengthen ASEAN-Korea partnership in building sustainable smart cities in the two regions. There will also be cultural exchange activities to help students get to know each other better as well as deepen their understanding of each other’s cultures.

Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre Lee Hyuk said, “Korea’s cutting-edge technology in information and communications and unique experience in urban development has made Korea an attractive partner for ASEAN in building smart cities. Moreover, in view of the rapid urbanisation and digitalisation trend in ASEAN, cooperation in this area is expected to further expand in the future.

“In this regard, I hope that the participating youth, as close friends and future leaders of the two regions, will take full advantage of the workshop to explore ways to strengthen and expand cooperation in building sustainable smart cities,” he added.

The press release noted that the workshop comprises two programmes. The Korea Programme will take place from July 8-12 and the Singapore Programme will last from July 13-18.

In Korea, the workshop will be co-organised with the Asia Centre of the Seoul National University, while in Singapore it will be held together with the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

The ASEAN-Korea Youth Network Workshop first started in 2013 and is being organised for the seventh time this year.

The press release added that the annual workshop has grown into one of the leading people-to-people exchange platforms that bring together students of ASEAN, Korea, China, and Japan to discuss major global issues and raise awareness on ASEAN-Korea partnership.