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 ninth year, the 2019 conference explores the theme of 'New Horizons: Identities, Challenges and Opportunities.'

The Asia Pacific is a region that is constantly evolving and transforming. Under the theme of ‘New Horizons,’ Asia Pacific Week will take delegates on a journey looking into the future. What new ideas and movements have influenced the region? What challenges do countries face in the region individually and collectively? Is the region's identity fragmenting or becoming stronger than ever before? And most importantly, what opportunities are there for constructive and positive change?

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.

Hosting 80 high-calibre students and young professionals from across the globe, the 2019 conference continues the tradition of bringing together the best and brightest scholars, policymakers and senior officials 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 thought-provoking panels, debates, simulations and workshops. Every year, the next generation of Asia Pacific Week delegates will leave with more than just new ideas and insights. They will leave with a network of friends and contacts from around the world. Asia Pacific Week is an opportunity which strives to empower delegates in their personal, academic and career journeys, and equip them with the knowledge, skills and empathy to be young leaders.

Applicant requirements:

  • Applicants need to be either university students (currently undertaking a Bachelors/Honors/Masters/Ph.D), or young professionals.

All overseas students who attend the Asia Pacific Week conference will have food and accommodation provided for free, at the Australian National University campus in Canberra. Domestic delegates currently living in Australia are required to pay a registration fee of $50, which will cover food and accommodation for the week. The conference fee for young professionals is $200. The Australian National University cannot cover travel or personal expenses for any international or domestic delegates.

The 2019 conference will be held from 30 June - 5 July at the Australian National University.

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 globally.

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, Australian foreign ministers, ANU Chancellor Gareth Evans, renowned ANU academics, and diplomats from around the world.

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Our Sponsors

The Asia Pacific Week Organising Committee would like to extend their gratitude to the following sponsors, partners and supporters. We are grateful for their assistance.

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