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The Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) is Hitachi's way of fulfilling its commitment to society, particularly helping build future generations through innovative education. This community relations program seeks to identify and nurture potential Asian leaders among the best and brightest students in Asia, bringing them together to discuss regional and global issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics, and NGO representatives.

Through the years since its inauguration in Singapore in 1996, HYLI consistently provides the youth leader participants with a unique platform where they can broaden their perception, understanding, and perspectives while promoting Asian values and sharing cross-cultural experiences with other delegates. Participating countries are from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Each country is represented by up to four university student delegates who were carefully selected as recipients of this unique program.

Prior to selection, each candidate was required to meet certain criteria. They have to be currently studying as an undergraduate or graduate student in a college or university. They must be fluent in English, have a keen interest in regional and global affairs, and possess strong leadership abilities as well as good track record in academic excellence and extra-curricular activities or community work.

14th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative

13th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative

The 14th HYLI Program was held at Yangon, Myanmar from July 10-13, 2017. High level country selection panels chose 32 top student delegates to represent their countries at the program. The students were divided into four groups, each represented by at least one country representative. The students attended a series of plenary sessions, workshops, discussions and activities culminating with group presentations on their proposed initiatives for the sustainable urban development of Yangon City.

HYLI Library

HYLI Library

This HYLI Library contains a collection of theme-specific reports produced from every HYLI event since 1996. Gain from the diversity of perspectives from eminent speakers, subject matter experts and student delegates on society's most pressing challenges.

HYLI Alumni


The Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative is proud to have contributed to the development of leaders through the years. Spread across eight countries in ASEAN and Japan, our HYLI alumni have established themselves in various industries and disciplines.