It is expected that 60 per cent of the world’s population will become urban residents by the year 2050 with the influx of citizens to big towns and cities presenting many different challenges. One solution that has proved to be highly successful is the development of “smart cities”. Be it in infrastructure, public services, or even the way businesses are run, the introduction of digital technology and big data appears to be key to a sustainable future for the planet and its citizens. The goal of the International Summer School is to challenge young people from all over the world to consider and discuss their own role within smart cities.

Last year, more than 500 Chinese cities began their transition into smart cities. Therefore, the high-tech city of Shanghai seemed an obvious choice of location for Youth Time International Movement’s International Summer School. In partnership with our friends at the China Soong Ching Ling Foundation, we are pleased to invite participants to apply for the International Summer School which will be centered around the theme, “Tomorrow’s World; Embracing a Smart Future.”


World Class Experts

Youth Time International Movement carefully selects esteemed guest speakers and trainers to conduct all talks and workshops throughout the programme. The experts are chosen not only for their vast knowledge and experience, but also because of their commitment toward youth development. Participants can expect to leave the International Summer School feeling inspired and with newfound knowledge that will serve as a foundation for success in both their personal and professional lives.

Developing Networks

Participants will have the opportunity to meet with likeminded people from every continent in the world. From the US to the UK, Ghana to our host nation China, young people from all corners of the globe will have the chance to network with one another, in addition to making contacts with experts in the field of business, science, technology and other related fields. Youth Time International Movement is proud to have served as a platform whereby youth from all different cultures and backgrounds have formed long-lasting friendships.

Intercultural Activities

The International Summer School is both a highly educational and fun-filled experience. At every Youth Time International Movement event, we include a range of enjoyable cultural activities that allow participants to further explore the host city. Participants will be given the chance to visit some of the city’s most exciting attractions whilst trying out some of the local cuisine. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

Unmissable Events

Every Youth Time International Summer School comprises a first-class educational program with intercultural activities sandwiched between our prestigious opening and closing gala dinners. Participants will have the chance to dine in style, sampling traditional Chinese cuisine in spectacular surroundings. Further, our opening and plenary sessions will feature high-profile guests of honour which participants will have the opportunity to meet.


Dr. Vladimir Yakunin

Doctor of Political Sciences and Head of the Department of State Politics, Faculty of Political Science, Moscow State University. Further he is founder and the current president of the international meeting, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”. Between 1985 and 1991 Mr. Yakunin was Second and then First Secretary of the USSR’s Permanent Representative Office at the United Nations, before he became Chairman of the Board at the International Centre for Business Cooperation. In October 2000, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport and in February 2002 first Deputy Minister of Railways and from 2005 until 2015 president of Russian Railways.

Dr. Allam Ahmed

Completed his PhD in Economics (Technology and Knowledge Transfer for Development) at Edinburgh Napier University, UK. Allam has an extensive background in academia, public and private sectors, specialising in knowledge management, technology transfer, sustainable development, business process re-engineering, change management and organizational transformation. He is the Founding President of World Association for Sustainable Development and all its journal; Founding Director of Middle Eastern Knowledge Economy Institute; and Founder of Sudan Knowledge. In 2009 Allam led the Government of Abu Dhabi.

Ms. Dana Afriza

Has over twenty-two years professional experience in the banking industry. She has also previously served as an Executive Management Coach to one of the premium car manufacturers in Germany and as a Senior Advisor of Citilink Airlines. She is the owner of Vidya Consulting and Managing Partner of Indama Enercom with highly gained in-depth experience in international networking. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication of Public Relations from the University of Moestopo, Jakarta.

Dr. Delfina Fantini

Dr. Delfina Fantini holds a BA in Biology and completed her PhD at the Royal College of Art in Innovation Design Engineering. Delfina’s work investigates how complex, lived, human experience is represented within the quantified approaches inherent in current notions of ‘smart’ technology. Her research questions and critically analyses the above quantitative approach which is starting to permeate into our bodies and the central infrastructure of our homes and cities.


Youth Time International Movement (YT) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization established in Prague in 2010. YT offers a unique opportunity for young people from all over the world to take part in a tangible network for young active social leaders, as it provides a platform where they can discuss and solve social issues they encounter in their daily lives. YT also offers young people the opportunity to speak with acknowledged professionals and specialists, it supports an open dialogue between younger and older generations, as well as between social and governmental institutes. YT believes that sharing experiences and knowledge can help in constructing a positive future for the current generation as well for generations to come.

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Madame Soong Ching Ling, late Honorary President of the People’s Republic of China, is renowned for devoting herself to the cause of democratic revolution in China, where she was working closely with one of its leaders Dr. Sun Yatsen, to whom she later married. She made an indelible contribution to the triumph of the democratic revolution, in its fight against foreign invasion and the founding the People’s Republic of China. After the founding of new China, Soong Ching Ling made sustained efforts in her work on domestic and foreign affairs for world peace, social progress, people’s happiness, international friendship, enhanced understanding and exchanges between people of different lands.


The program is designed to foster leadership, human values and a sense of social responsibility within participants in addition to leaving each of them feeling both inspired and empowered. A harmonious combination of educational and cultural exchanges program will help participants to unlock their full potential, encouraging them to engage in creative and innovative thinking. Through a series of educational masterclasses and highly-interactive workshops presented by honorable guests, experts and trainers, participants will gain added insight on the different strategies and technologies currently used in the development of smart cities. Further, they will be encouraged to think of new solutions for the sustainable future of the planet.

Topics include:

  • Smart Transformation; City and Society
  • The Role of Big Data and IoT in Smart Cities
  • The Evolution of Education
  • Smart Infrastructure (Roads, Railways, Airports, Docks)
  • Utilizing Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future
  • Smart Architecture and Design
  • Smart Healthcare
  • Innovation Labs, Startup Incubators and Accelerators for Entrepreneurial Success
  • Smart Security, Privacy of Data and Risk Control
  • The Pros and Cons of Virtual Reality
  • Smart Cities Vs Smart Villages
  • Balancing Urban Development with Conservation
  • The Effects of the Digital Age on the Human Body
  • Smart Marketing and PR
  • The Future of Smart Homes

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