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Highlights of 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellows Program

Highlights of 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellows Program

Posted on Friday, December 6, 2019

The Asia Global Institute is now inviting applications for its 2020 AsiaGlobal Fellows Program, an interdisciplinary and intensive leadership development initiative designed for mid-career professionals from around the world. Check out the program highlights.

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The Fellows had the opportunity to visit the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), where they were introduced to the ICAC's work in law enforcement, corruption prevention as well as the latest initiatives in community education. Through case studies, the ICAC officer also shared his practical experience in areas such as asset recovery, forensic accounting and investigation of corruption cases involving money laundering.

Since its inception in 1974, the ICAC has embraced a three-pronged approach of law enforcement, prevention and community education to fight corruption. With the support of the government and the community, Hong Kong has now become one of the cleanest places in the world.


University of Hong Kong Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chair of Economics Professor Richard YC Wong SBS, JP gave the 2019 AsiaGlobal Fellows two lectures: one on "Globalization, Disruption and Progress" and another on the pre-industrial era.

Wong's first lecture served as a comprehensive guide to the effects of globalization, whereas the second lecture provided more insights on how the pre-industrial era plays a role in shaping the sentiments of the people who live in the globalized world of today. 


Cyberport has been a key driving force behind the flourishing start-up ecosystem in Hong Kong. To give the Fellows a better understanding of the latest innovative developments, facilities and services provided by Cyberport to nurture digital start-ups and entrepreneurs, the Institute organized an exclusive tour of Hong Kong's flagship digital tech community for them.

Backed by the HKSAR Government, Cyberport claims to be the digital technology flagship in town committed to inspiring innovation, nurturing entrepreneurs, and attracting global talent, partners and companies to Hong Kong for collaborations and business opportunities.



The AsiaGlobal Fellows Program offers Fellows the unique opportunity to visit China and learn on-the-ground global issues from Asian perspectives. During their study trip to Shanghai, the Fellows visited the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and met with its senior managment team to understand the operations of the organization and the challenges facing philanthropy in China.

UNDP has been working in China over the past 40 years, partnering to advance various phases of China’s development. UNDP continues to be in the forefront of working with China both to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) domestically and through China’s global cooperation around the world.


For the Fellows' study trip to India, we organized a visit to Goonj, a non-governmental organisation headquartered in Delhi, to help the Fellows learn more about how Goonj's a sustainable economic model works to eliminate poverty and related issues.

The Fellows also had the chance to meet with Anshu Gupta, Founder of Goonj, and learned more about his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India. 


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