APRU Undergraduate Leaders’ Program 2024:
Sustainable Development in a Fast-Changing Metropolis

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is proud to host the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) Undergraduate Leaders’ Program (ULP) in July 2024. Themed “Sustainable Development in a Fast-Changing Metropolis,” this program is a beacon of inspiration and learning for the leaders of tomorrow. Set against the dynamic and evolving backdrop of Shanghai, a city that epitomizes the blend of tradition with cutting-edge modernity, the program offers a unique window into the challenges and opportunities of urban sustainability. The focus of the program is on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 11): Sustainable Cities and Communities, as well as cross-cutting goals on food security (SDG 2), green mobility (SDG 7), and sustainable ecosystems (SDGs 14, 15). As the world grapples with the complexities of urban development that is inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable, this program stands as a pivotal platform for fostering a deep and nuanced understanding of these critical issues.

The APRU ULP 2024 transcends traditional academic boundaries, offering a rich tapestry of learning experiences that range from expert-led seminars to hands-on fieldwork in Shanghai’s urban landscape. It is designed not just to educate but to empower a new generation of changemakers. Participants from diverse backgrounds across the Pacific Rim will engage in a collaborative journey, exchanging ideas, and forging solutions for the sustainable development of this metropolis and other cities. The program aligns itself as an incubator for innovation and thought leadership, where students are not only exposed to the real-world challenges of urban renewal, heritage conservation, and environmental conservation, but are also encouraged to envision and craft transformative solutions. Through this immersive experience, APRU ULP 2024 aims to equip its participants with the skills, knowledge, and perspectives necessary to drive positive change in their communities and contribute meaningfully to the global discourse on urban sustainability.

Program Date: 7 to 18 July, 2024

Host: Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Number of Participants: 50 – 70 undergraduate students from across APRU member universities

Full-time undergraduate students from all disciplines currently registered at an APRU member university are welcome.

Students must have a good command of the English language.

Each APRU member university may nominate up to five students for the program (more info about nominations in the ‘Application’ tab), and list the names in the order of preference. At least two students from each member universities will be admitted. If there are spaces for more students, selections will be made from the nominated students who remain based on their credentials.

Program Highlights:

  • Workshops and Presentations: Guest speakers will include experts from academia, industry, and government offices.
  • Collaborative Learning: Emphasis on teamwork and cross-cultural communication.
  • Hands-on Experience: Real-world case studies and site visits.
  • Cultural Exchange: Opportunities for students to share insights from their own cities.

Scholarship Opportunities: Up to 6 scholarships, each equivalent to full amount of the program fee will be awarded to candidates with strong background.

Certificate: A certificate will be issued to each participant upon successful completion of the program.

Week 1: Understanding Sustainability in the Metropolis
6 Jul 2024 Arrivals
7 Jun 2024 Welcome, opening ceremony, ice breaking & team building activities
8 Jul 2024

Local Community and Heritage Preservation

  • Hyperlocal community building in the Metropolis
  • Heritage and urban renewal in the Metropolis
9 Jul 2024

Urban Transport

  • Mobility in and around the Metropolis
10 Jul 2024

Green Agriculture and Ecosystems

  • Nourishing the Metropolis
11 Jul 2024


  • Creativity, Cross-Cultural Communication, Public Speaking, Slide Design, Poster Design
12 Jul 2024 Workshops and group work
13, 14 Jul 2024

Excursion and Free Exploration
* Guided cultural tours inShanghai

Week 2: Designing Sustainable Solutions
15 Jul 2024 Group work
16 Jul 2024 Presentation practice and feedback
17 Jul 2024 Final Presentation and Closing Ceremony
18 Jul 2024 Departures

Cost per student: 4,680.00 RMB (USD 650.00 )

Program fee includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Shuttle bus service during the program
  • Field trips and one-day excursion
  • Welcome reception and opening ceremony
  • Administrative fees.

Expenses covered by participants:

  • International travels
  • Visa application fees
  • Insurance throughout program
  • Meals
  • Expenses on the free day
  • Other personal expenses during the program.

Nomination and application procedures:

Nomination period by universities: 1 March to 1 April ( via link: https://wj.sjtu.edu.cn/q/GuDfd3SL)

Nomination deadline by universities: 1 April

Application period by nominated students: 1 March to 8 April (via SJTU provided link)

Application deadline by nominated students: 8 April

Selection announcements by SJTU: 11 April


For further enquiries and follow ups, please contact SJTU via apruulp2024@sjtu.edu.cn, or make phone calls to (+86) 021 34206045 – 3001*

Viva Du
Manager of the International Programs Office
UM-SJTU Joint Institute, of Shanghai Jiao Tong University