The Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) and the American Institute in Taiwan Kaohsiung Branch Office (AIT/K) co-hosted the virtual 2022 Taiwan International Ocean Youth Leadership Camp on August 17. This event is part of the ongoing efforts to engage Ocean Youth Advisory Committee members with international affairs on ocean issues.
This leadership camp highlights the continued efforts in the collaboration between AIT/K and OAC. Both sides seek to expand the opportunities to bring diverse experts and youth to the global stage for productive exchange, in an attempt to empower emerging leaders in Taiwan by developing a global mindset and advancing the capacity for international engagement.
In her remarks, Sandra Oudkirk, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan, said that the serious challenges facing our oceans require a global response. This type of international collaboration requires leaders with a global perspective, with strong cross-cultural skills and experience, and a willingness to build transnational partnerships. She encourages all participants to continue to make a positive contribution to the global community.
OAC Deputy Minister Ching-Piao, Tsai mentioned that thinking out of the box in the changing global paradigm is now a priority. Since young people are at the forefront of responding to the most pressing issues confronting us, we have to harness the full potential of the young generations in leadership.
Today’s event featured five keynote speakers including Mr. Lambert from AIT/K, Mr. Kipic from the Australian Office, Ms. Liu (劉靜靜) from Acer, Mr. Shyy (史立軍) from TaiwanICDF, as well as Taiwan’s youth delegate of Our Ocean Conference–Mr. Chen (陳懷璞). Each session speaker shared their knowledge and insight covering a range of topics that inspired all the participants. The OAC and AIT/K look forward to seeing the long-term results of these meaningful conversations and the impact these emerging leaders will have on our communities, our country, and our world.