City University of Hong Kong (CityU) recently invited 120 students from top universities in Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Australia, Singapore, Israel, Malaysia and the Philippines to participate in Student Leadership Conference 2004. The objective of the conference was to enhance the participants' leadership skills through the discussion of globalisation. The event was organised by 21 CityU students, who had begun preparations in November last year, with training and advice from their professors. Many students agreed that the conference was a valuable experience. 'It gave me the chance to do things that I normally couldn't and meet many different people,' said second-year CityU student Roanne Law. Steven Ho, a student at Beijing University, said: 'Experience is important, but not many of us have a chance [to participate in] what CityU has provided for us' at the conference. Outside of the daytime conference activities, participants also gained valuable learning from external activities, 'especially the late night discussions', said Singapore Management University student Felix Tang. The conference also gave participants the chance to learn about different cultures and building respect towards different points of view. Helit Segev, a student from Tel-Aviv University in Israel, said that if she becomes a leader in her country, one of her first goals would be to improve Israel's relations with Malaysia. As a multicultural experience, the aspiring leaders of the future learned how to respect each other's ideas, culture and religion. 'It is important for leaders to accept different ideas and opinion and to make good decisions.' said CityU student Ko Chun-chu.