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Thursday, 31 July 2008

CPUT student attends youth leadership conference in Prague

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Thuso Segopolo, a BTech student in Information Technology, has become the first student to represent CPUT at the International Youth Leadership Conference (IYLC) hosted by Civic Concepts International.

In July, Segopolo attended the seventeenth IYLC, held in Prague, Czech Republic. He was one of 120 delegates representing universities in 40 different countries around the world including Australia, Jamaica, the UK, India and Morocco.

The week-long event provided a forum for young people from different nations to exchange thoughts on responsible leadership. The conference included a number of workshops that simulated the challenges faced by global decision-makers. In the first simulation, delegates took on the roles of members of the United Nations Security Council dealing with the political crisis in Kosovo. In other workshops they participated in a mock trial hearing of the International Criminal Court and in a meeting of a simulated European Parliament.

Segopolo described the atmosphere as “educational, diplomatic and entertaining.” He appreciated having had the opportunity to act as an ambassador for his institution and was proud to be the first CPUT student to ever attend the conference.

“I have learned more about other countries,” he said. “I have learned how to improve my leadership skills in an international landscape.”

Segopolo has been interested in issues of leadership since school and is an active member of the Black Management Forum. He was encouraged to apply to attend the conference after hearing a comment made by Dean of Students Cora Motale regarding how important it is that students take initiative.

The Civic Concepts International organisation aims to prepare the leaders of the future by informing young people about pertinent global activities and promoting cultural awareness among students. In addition to hosting the IYLC, Civic Concepts International also hosts the International Youth Leadership Africa conference which focuses on responsible leadership on the continent of Africa.

By Ilana Abratt, Marketing and Communication Department

Photograph: CPUT student Thuso Segopolo (left) meets Andrew Chou, from Australia, at the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague.

Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za