Tencent’s SY Lau on finding opportunities in an interconnected world

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Tencents SY Lau(marketingmagazine.com.my) – SY Lau, Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent and President of Online Media Group highlighted at a recent event by INTI how youths today stood to benefit the most from globalization where finding solutions to global issues is of the utmost importance. He underscored that youth should seize opportunities in today’s borderless world to become global citizens.

SY spoke at a ceremony at INTI International University and Colleges where he was awarded Alumnus of the Year delivering a speech entitled ‘Opportunities of globalisation and digital connectivity’.

In his speech, Lau said, “All of us are experiencing the largest “Crustal Movement” of our time –digital globalization – which is shaping our world in uncountable ways. The changes he shared is not only experienced by countries and governments but also individuals, this he added gave everyone the potential to influence.

As a generation that is entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, SY advised youths that they should seize the opportunity of interconnectivity to realise their aspirations, while bearing in mind the urgency to propagate positive influences that could potentially drive solutions to global issues like poverty, hunger and terrorism.

He offered five lessons for Malaysians to move to be global citizens. These are; rejecting extremism, becoming the master of technology, leading with integrity, collaborating with others and embracing authenticity.

He hoped that youths would not exploit the opportunities offered by the globalised world but rather doing what they can to make the world a better place.

Today, SY Lau heads the Online Media Group (OMG) at Tencent. In 2015, he was awarded the Cannes Lion Media Person of the Year for his vision and direction in transforming OMG from a provider of a single Internet portal service into China’s largest integrated media service matrix.

In a welcome speech at the ceremony, Rohit Sharma CEO of INTI International University and Colleges reiterated the importance of empowering Generation Z to thrive in a highly interconnected and competitive world.

He pointed out that at INTI, academic qualifications alone is not sufficient to secure careers in this age, let alone start an enterprise or render effective change. To thrive, students must be adequately equipped with the right knowledge and skills. They have to be well-rounded, enterprising and experienced individuals.

Check out SY’s full speech below:

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