Taylor’s Students and Recent Graduates Can Apply to Join the USA’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) 2018 Cohort

When President Obama came to Taylor’s University it was to address YSEALI, a group of young leaders from ASEAN countries who are looking to make a difference in their communities, countries, and the region.
 
 
Invitation to the YSEALI Town Hall, President Obama speaking at Taylor’s University
 
When former U.S. President Obama came to speak at Taylor’s University in 2015, it was to address a Town Hall forum of some 500 students and recent graduates drawn from the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). YSEALI was launched in 2013, as the U.S. government’s signature programme to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programmes and engagements, including U.S. educational and cultural exchanges, regional exchanges, and seed funding, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia. YSEALI focuses on critical topics identified by youth in the region: civic engagement, environment and natural resources management, and entrepreneurship and economic development.
 
The U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur is accepting applications for the YSEALI Academic Fellowship 2018 cohort. The YSEALI Academic Fellows Institute brings current and recently-graduated students from ASEAN member countries to the U.S. for a five-week programme at a pre-eminent U.S. university. The Institute will include an academic residency, leadership development, an educational study tour, local community service activities, and opportunities to engage with American peers. Six institutes will take place between January and April for five weeks, and will focus on one of the following themes: Civic Engagement, Environmental Issues, Social Entrepreneurship & Economic Empowerment.
 
The application deadline to the U.S. Embassy is October 22, 2017. While Taylor’s University has a close working relationship with several hundred U.S. universities through its American Degree Program (ADP) that sees students to transfer to the USA, the YSEALI initiative is open to all TU students and recent graduates - (Global Matters 2017)