Currently youth from Hong Kong and India do not have enough channels for sharing ideas and understanding: Jason Yuen

At the age of 21, when most of us are confused about our aim in life and roam around disoriented looking for answers in friends and parties, ‘Jason’ Yuen has already achieved a lot to his credits. He may seem quiet from outside but the moment he presents himself, you see a future leader who can even give Mark Zuckerberg a run for his money. Jason is majoring in Operation Management & Marketing from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He is the chairperson of the ‘Student Elites’ which aims at promoting foreign exchange program in Hong Kong.

He also initiated a program called “HKUST BeOurGuest Program” on campus which let the exchange students have a home dining experience at local students’ family. This program has gained more than 7 major media coverages from Hong Kong public. Other than that, he took several initiatives such as helping one of the major local public transport to set up the “Estimated Time of Arrival” system & devices and etc.

He is a young leader in the making who is both entrepreneurial and innovative.

HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA OF ‘STUDENT ELITES’?

“Student Elites” is a subsidiary organization of “The Y.Elites Association”. It was newly established on August 2017, formed by a group of university students, with the aim of hosting various high-value events and program for Hong Kong university students. We believe that there has been a disconnection between students from tertiary education and youth elites ranging from political & business influencers and professionals. As a result, by leveraging on the extensive and premium network of “The Y.Elites Association”, we can implement a different high-value program for our target group, to connect them with a diverse premium social network.

WHAT COUNTRIES ARE YOU TARGETING?

Hong Kong. Our main focus is on HK university students

WHAT DIFFICULTIES DID YOU FACE DURING THE PLANNING STAGE?

We encountered problems about how to attract the attention and awareness of the local university students. Since there are already quite a lot of youth organizations established in Hong Kong.

HOW RELEVANT IS IT TO ASIA?

Some of our highlighted events and program are in Asia scale. For instances, we have organized Malaysia Elites tours visiting the China Embassy in Penang, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Penang State Legislative Assembly etc. Another highlight is the Boao Forum for Asia, which China president Xi Jinping will also be present this year. And Student Elites will be responsible to send 30 university students from Hong Kong to assist the operation of this international forum.

DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ABOUT EXPANDING THE PROGRAM TO INDIA?

No. Since our network, connection & resources are mostly based in Hong Kong, such as the support from the Hong Kong government, the China government, both the local political & business influencers. However, we are welcome to collaborate with top-tier youth organizations in India for youth exchange program.

DO YOU THINK STUDENT ELITES WILL HELP IN IMPROVING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INDIA AND HONG KONG FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS?

I think currently youth from both regions do not have enough channels for sharing ideas and understanding. Even Student Elites can establish well in HK, we still do not know which parties to approach in India (coz I guess there are also many youth organizations in India). So I guess we may need a platform or middleman to line us up. Or some youth organization need to gain a certain popularity over the others first, so we both know which youth org to approach. And undoubtedly, it always helps with the mutual understanding!

HOW HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN SO FAR?

When Student Elites was established 6 months ago, we only had 15 executive committees who are responsible to organize youth events & program. And currently, we have been building our brands, programs & connection with all the universities in Hong Kong. So far, our committee board has more than 40 students for holding various program and more than 100 members.

WHAT ARE THE FUTURE PLANS OF ‘STUDENT ELITES’?

We aim to become the most high-end youth platform for university students in Hong Kong. Through holding more high-value events & program, we can attract more abled & elite students, and we will cultivate them to become the future youth elites for Hong Kong. For examples, we have implemented a “Shadowing Elites Program” this year to let the selected university students have shadowing experience from more than 15 Hong Kong youth political & business elites.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR?

The journey has been rewarding. However, I never thought about to stop. For the good sake of Hong Kong, as a local youth, it is always our responsibility to contribute to a better Hong Kong community. And I am just one of those passionate Hong Kong young adult.

Originally published on www.vasuseli.wordpress.com

Currently youth from Hong Kong and India do not have enough channels for sharing ideas and understanding: Jason Yuen
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