Asia Pacific Week 2014 will be the fourth conference of its kind hosted by The Australian National University and will explore the theme of ‘Globalis-Asian’. The world is changing at a remarkable speed. The next few decades are likely to emerge with Asia-Pacific economies dominating the global sphere. It will be the first times that the dominant part of the world will not be from the West and from vastly different civilisational roots.
There is a common assumption in the West that as countries modernise, they also westernise. This is an illusion. It premises that modernity is simply a product of competition, markets and technology. Modernisation is equally shaped by history and culture.
Civilisations and cultures, which have largely been ignored in the study of the region's rise, will demand stronger representation in this world. We must welcome this transformation, and we will have to learn to understand diversity and culture in order to understand the future.
Asia Pacific Week combines the strength of The Australian National University's expertise in the study of Asia and the Pacific and the resources available in the nation’s capital. The program is sure to engage and intellectually stimulate students and challenge the way delegates perceive the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference will bring together 100 student delegates from around the world to discuss the significant and controversial issues facing the Asia Pacific region in the 21st Century.
As a delegate you will have the opportunity to hear from a myriad of academics and diplomats and engage in interactive and challenging sessions including Q&Asia and The Ambassadors Panel. You will participate in panels, presentations and debates, and go toe-to-toe with many of Australia’s brightest strategic minds.
The conference will also present delegates with opportunities to exchange and socialise among themselves, providing the next generation of Asia Pacific specialists a network of contacts and friends across the globe.