Welcome to Global Youth Leadership Institute!

PolyU committed to nurturing our students to become “critical thinkers, lifelong learners and ethical leaders” of our society and has made use of the opportunities for nurturing the all-round development of our students since 2012. We have compulsory credit-bearing courses on leadership and intrapersonal development that equips more than 2,000 students each year to become future leaders of our society and to make a positive impact on the world.

Furthermore than that, we developed the Global Youth Leadership Programme with Peking University in 2013 and then the Silk Road Leadership Programme in 2015 with Peking University, and Xian Jiaotong University. They pioneered the leadership development programmes and involved students from both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland, focusing on leadership and citizenship development, community service, and global engagement. The programmes are designed to inspire students to discover and maximize their unique leadership abilities, to develop greater confidence and to master skills and strategies for positive social change and development at the local, national, regional and global levels. We endeavour to nurture “practical dreamers” of tomorrow who are able to serve the global society, to challenge the present and enrich the future.

Under such context PolyU finds it strategies to build upon the solid foundation and to scale up our effort in youth leadership education through establishing PolyU’s “Global Youth Leadership Institute” that aims to become Asia’s leading youth leadership education and research hub, delivering original research and evaluation studies, bringing about effective youth leadership education. This institute is also a platform to coordinate all efforts in the PolyU with regard to the leadership development.

Besides nurturing global leaders of future generations, the Institute focuses to foster leadership research. These research will not only prompt to advance the academics of PolyU’s leadership, but will also become the solid foundation of leadership education worldwide.

Global Youth Leadership Institute will strive to nurture future’s leaders, and to be the pioneering global institute and international hub of leadership education and research.


Professor Angelina Yuen
Vice-President (Student and Global Affairs),
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Director, Global Youth Leadership Institute