Young Leaders for Sustainable Future Programme




A youth-centric programme that prepares teenagers and young leaders the mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets to creating meaningful impacts for communities and to achieving sustainable and inclusive future societies. This six-week online synchronous course reviews progress made in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engages participants to be active youth leaders in their communities. Throughout the course, participants will become aware of the opportunities and challenges in Asian and ASEAN and be discerning with evidence and trends about the SDGs.

By the end of the course, students will be aware of the historical trends for the sustainable development goals. They will understand the root causes and effects of developmental challenges, be relate these broader goals to their community, through various activities and guided discussions.  Finally, they will be able to design a thoughtful presentation on a topic of their choice and interest, relevant to the SDGs in ASEAN.

Key Talking Points:
Poverty, Health and Wellbeing
Education, Gender and Inequality
Clean Water, Clean Energy and Climate Action
Decent Work, Industry, Sustainable Communities and Consumption
Life Below Water, Life on Land and Strong Institutions



  • This course is highly interactive, with short presentations by the instructor, followed by exchanges with students through the chat function as well as small group discussions. Emphasis is put on addressing students’ queries and interests.
  • Students will gain insights and hands-on experience via the immersive youth leader activities which are designed for students to engage directly with their communities, and serves to reinforce certain key concepts seen in class.
  • Students will get a taste of a cutting-edge online learning experience at Asia's No. 1 university, and connect with world-class teaching faculty.


There are no specific pre-requisites.


High school or first year university students inspired to transform lives and make real impacts towards sustainable future.


18 hours of online synchronous programme, including lectures, interactive tutorials and project work (15.5 hours of class contact time + 2.5 hours of project work).


  • 21 Jun 2021 3pm to 5.30pm: Welcome + Lecture 1
  • 23 Jun 2021 3pm to 5.30pm: Lecture 2
  • 25 Jun 2021 3pm to 5.30pm: Lecture 3
  • 28 Jun 2021 3pm to 5.30pm: Lecture 4
  • 30 Jun 2021 3pm to 5.30pm: Lecture 5
  • 2 Jul 2021 3pm to 6pm: Final Presentation
  • Estimated time required for project work (outside of class time): 2.5 hours 


Students will be assessed via a variety of assignments and assessments:
• Individual assignment and project
• Class Participation 
• Final Project 

 Dr Caroline Brassard

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Dr. Caroline Brassard has been teaching at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, since 2002, on topics such as development economics, econometrics, research methods, and policy analysis. She has been teaching for SCALE NUS since 2018 on courses introducing public policy, teaching and learning, and humanities and social sciences topics. Caroline has also been an academic adviser at the Centre for Peace and Justice, BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh since 2017. Her research focuses on development policy lessons from disasters in urbanizing contexts, notably in Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Indonesia. She co-edited a book on Urban Spaces and Gender in Asia: Perspectives on Social and Economic Inclusion (with Divya U. Joshi, by Springer 2020). She is currently editing a book on Social Inclusivity and Empowerment in Asia. Her earlier books include “Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance” (co-edited edited with David Giles and Arn Howitt) by Springer in 2015. Prior to joining NUS, Caroline worked as a development economist in Madagascar for UNICEF, in Bangladesh for CARE and in Vietnam. Caroline holds a PhD in Economics from the University of London.


Successful participants who complete all requirements of the programme including passing the assessment will receive a certificate of completion issued by NUS SCALE.

A sample of the certificate of participation can be found here: 


Individual Sign-up:
21 June - 2 July 2021


Programme Fee
S$ 1,296.00 (price inclusive of 8% GST with effect from 1 Jan 2023)


Please click here to download the programme brochure. 

Please click here to access the applicant user guide and contact us at should you have any questions regarding this programme. 

11 March 2023