Southland was represented at the Youth Leadership Summit held in China, from 9 – 20 July 2018.

Venture Southland international education manager Joice Dondalski attended the summit alongside representatives of two Southland secondary schools.

The summit included a three day Youth Leadership conference and seven days of special topic field studies that reflected Chinese culture.

Representatives of the New Zealand

international education sector were invited to attend the summit to establish relationships with Chinese education officials.

International education manager Joice Dondalski said she was able to start conversations with Chinese international education hosts and delegates.

“I was able to establish connections at a government level which is extremely beneficial when hoping to establish marketing for the Chinese market,” Dondalski said.

Dondalski was also able to meet with Shanghai representatives from Education New Zealand to discuss future Chinese marketing activities.

The New Zealand student delegation that travelled to China were primarily from the regions.

Dondalski said this emphasised a growing trend for students outside of the main cities wishing to pursue careers in international relations and foreign affairs.

Hannah Barton of James Hargest College, Thomas James Pedwar Stokes and Luke Hillis of Gore High School represented Southland students at the event.

The summit, now in its second year, has been designed to foster connections between the next generation of global leaders in the Sister Cities of New Zealand and the People’s Republic of China.

The summit will return to New Zealand in 2019 with Christchurch named as Host city.