EWC Welcomes 2014 Pacific Islands Leadership Program Participants

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Young leaders from 13 Pacific nations participating
in program supported by Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry

HONOLULU (Sept. 9, 2013) -- The East-West Center has welcomed 26 participants from 13 island nations to the 2014 Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan.

Participants in the second year of the leadership initiative will spend two months engaging in leadership education and experiential learning exercises at the East-West Center’s campus in Hawai‘i, followed by a month of field study in Taipei at the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs. The program curriculum includes such topics as regional issues in the Pacific islands, applied leadership skills, future scenario planning, social entrepreneurship and risk analysis.

Participants in this year’s program include the Deputy Secretary General of the Solomon Islands Red Cross Society, the Economic Planning Officer for Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture, the Dean of Academic Affairs at Palau Community College in Koror, the Business Editor for Papua New Guinea’s Pacific Business Review and the First Secretary of Nauru’s embassy in Taipei, among other government, NGO and private sector leaders in business, environment, health and other fields.

Wen-Cheng Sung, Director General of Taiwan’s Institute of Diplomacy and International AffairsThe group was welcomed to the program by EWC President Charles E. Morrison and Wen-Cheng Sung, Director General of Taiwan’s Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs, along with staff from the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, University of Hawai‘i President David Lassner, EWC board members and other dignitaries. (View a photo gallery of the welcome event.)

“Part of your education in this program will be to learn from the perspectives of the faculty,” President Morrison told the group. “But much of your learning will also come from your interaction with your peers from other island nations, as you gain insight from their points of view to help you better understand the region as a whole.”

“In supporting this program, we in Taiwan hope to help enhance the leadership capacities of individuals from Pacific island regions and build networks of young leaders who will shape the Pacific's future,” said Deputy-Director Sung.