Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

STEM students, urban planners, engineers, and community leaders from ASEAN member states are invited to attend a fully sponsored programme on smart city development. The program will start with online activities and sessions from July – October 2021, tentatively followed by an in-person workshop scheduled on October 28-31, 2021. The deadline is on Wednesday 31st March 2021.

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’s signature programme to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia.

The YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop will combine online session and in-person activities. It will bring together 50 participants who are between the ages of 20-35 and are registered YSEALI network members from all ASEAN member nations as well as Timor-Leste.

This workshop aims to enhance participants’ knowledge of smart cities as well as to explore how to involve civil society and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in smart city development in the region.

The programme provides a roundtrip economy class air ticket or local transportation from hometown to Bangkok, Thailand as well as accommodation, catering, airport transfer, SIM-card, and insurance.

The deadline is on Wednesday 31st March 2021.


Main Criteria

YSEALI Membership

Ages between 20 – 35 (at the time of application and workshop)

Citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam.

Fluent in written and spoken English

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