The German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum 2019 will be held from Friday, September 6 to Sunday, September 15, 2019 in Japan (Tokyo). This year’s program with the working title "The Future of Globalization – Challenges and Opportunities" will cover the political, economic, and social dimensions of the opportunities and challenges presented by advancing globalization. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 22, 2019.
The German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum is a future-oriented program that intends to inspire prospective leaders from Germany and Japan to address politically and socially relevant issues and viewpoints. It offers a forum for intense discussions, thereby seeking to promote and deepen mutual understanding. In the long run, the program aims at developing and strengthening long-lasting personal networks between Germany and Japan.
During the ten-day forum, top-level speakers from politics, business, and the academic world will give lectures and discuss them with the participants. Working groups with German and Japanese participants will be organized in order to stimulate communication among group members and enhance team spirit. The program also includes visits to globally active institutions. The Young Leaders Forum 2019 will be complemented by a concluding joint workshop with YLF-participants from previous years.
The German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum is organized by the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB). It is funded by B. Metzler seel. Sohn & Co., NÜRNBERGER Insurance Group, the Yamaoka Memorial Foundation, Yanmar Co., Ltd., and Yuasa M&B Co., Ltd. in 2019 and supported by other institutions. Basic expenditure during the Young Leaders Forum (travel costs, accommodation, meals, transport, etc.) will be covered. It takes place annually, alternating between Germany and Japan, and is held in English.
The Young Leaders Forum addresses 16 promising young professionals, of which eight are German and eight are Japanese nationals. They should be employed in the fields of business, politics, administration, the media, or the academic world. They should be between 25 to 35 years old. Applicants must be fluent in English.
Participants are mainly recruited upon recommendation by key persons from private companies and public institutions. Young Leaders who would like to apply for the program on their own initiative are invited to contact us directly. All applicants are required to submit the application form, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of recommendation by their current or most recent employer. All documents must be written in English.
The selection committee will carefully review each application, but also consider the professional diversity of the group. Since the number of excellent applications regularly significantly exceeds the number of available vacancies, not every application can be successful.
For further information and details concerning the application process please contact
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