The Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) is Hitachi's way of fulfilling its commitment to society, particularly helping build future generations through innovative education. This community relations program seeks to identify and nurture potential Asian leaders among the best and brightest students in Asia, bringing them together to discuss regional and global issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics, and NGO representatives.

Through the years since its inauguration in Singapore in 1996, HYLI consistently provides the youth leader participants with a unique platform where they can broaden their perception, understanding, and perspectives while promoting Asian values and sharing cross-cultural experiences with other delegates. Participating countries are from Indonesia.

Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan. Each country is represented by up to four university student delegates who were carefully selected as recipients of this unique program.

The 14th HYLI Program was held at Yangon, Myanmar from July 10-13, 2017. High level country selection panels chose 32 top student delegates to represent their countries at the program. The students were divided into four groups, each represented by at least one country representative. The students attended a series of plenary sessions, workshops, discussions and activities culminating with group presentations on their proposed initiatives for the sustainable urban development of Yangon City.