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The Australian National University’s Asia Pacific Week is an interdisciplinary conference aimed at high-achieving students and young professionals from around the world who have an interest in Asia and the Pacific. Now in its eighth year, the 2018 conference explores the theme of ‘Untold Stories’.

The conference will challenge myths and misconceptions regarding the Asia Pacific region. Asia Pacific Week provides delegates with access to the ANU's unrivalled expertise in the study of the region and the outstanding resources available in Australia's capital.

Bringing together 80 of the best students and young professionals from across the globe, the 2018 conference continues the tradition of bringing together scholars, policymakers and senior officials of the highest calibre for a week of stimulating discussion and debate. As a delegate you will have the opportunity to not only hear from peak experts, but to engage in interactive panels, debates and simulations. The next generation of Asia-Pacific specialists leave with a network of friends and contacts from across the globe. Applicants need to be university students currently undertaking a Bachelors/Honors/Masters/Ph.D, or young professionals.

Asia Pacific Week examines significant and controversial issues facing the region, its place in the world and how it is shaping the globe. The 2018 conference will be held from 24 – 29 June 2018 at the Australian National University.

All overseas delegates who attend the Asia Pacific Week conference will have their food covered for the entirety of the week and will receive free accommodation on campus at the Australian National University. However, domestic delegates currently studying in Australia will have to pay a registration fee of $50 which will cover lunches and dinners for the entirety of the week. Likewise, the conference fee for young professions is $200. The Australian National University cannot cover travel costs for any international or domestic delegates.

Our history

A long-established tradition at The Australian National University, Asia Pacific Week was revitalised in 2011 when it transitioned into a student-run event. Known for its innovative and interdisciplinary program, the conference has grown tremendously since its inception. It is a highly anticipated event not only in the university’s calendar, but also within the Asia-Pacific academic community.

As countries pivot their focus to the Asia-Pacific region, Asia-Pacific Week has received increased attention from academic and political circles. The many speakers who have contributed to Asia-Pacific week in the past include former Australian Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke, former Australian foreign minister and ANU Chancellor Gareth Evans, Dr. Ken Henry, Professor Hugh White and diplomats from around the world.

Updated:  4 February, 2013/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team