Ivy Yeung, program manager of the Territorial Teacher Training Apprenticeship Program (TTTAP) in the College of Education at UH Mānoa, was awarded a fellowship to study in Vladivostok, Russia for two weeks in August 2013. With the college for the past eight years, Yeung oversees the financial and operational aspects of TTTAP, an American Sāmoa-based project.

Conducted by The Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) since 2006, the Young Leaders Training and Research Program in Regional Cooperation and Development Fellowship aims to enhance knowledge of the social, economic, and political institutions of Northeast Asia and North America. NEAEF fellowships are granted on a competitive basis to individuals who demonstrate potential leadership, who are affiliated with an academic, research, or business institution, and who are working on challenges and progress in regional economic cooperation in Northeast Asia, including Northeast Asian relations with the United States.

“I am very thankful to receive this Young Leaders Program fellowship because it is an opportunity to not only grow and evolve as an individual, but to be a part of overcoming the borders and differences that separate us,” Yeung said. “I look forward to working with my cohort of graduate students, postdocs, and emerging policymakers from Mongolia, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, and the U.S. on economic, social, and cultural levels to continue the progress from those before us.”

The program encourages young leaders to consider a wide range of perspectives on regional and multilateral economic cooperation; fosters a sense of community among young leaders by preparing them to work collaboratively and internationally; provides them with practical education in policymaking through opportunities for direct dialogue with policymakers and other experts; and promotes a better understanding among young leaders of individuals, countries, and cultures.

Associate professor and director of TTTAP, Deborah Zuercher, said, “I cannot imagine another candidate more qualified or more deserving to participate in the Young Leaders Program in Russia than Ivy Yeung. She consistently exhibits twenty-first century ideals that align with the program’s mission, including critical thinking, global expertise, integrity, and diplomacy. I am optimistic that this experience will further expand Ivy’s knowledge and skills as our COE program manager of a complex transnational teacher education program.

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