APW 2015 proved out be an immensely irreplaceable experience for me. First, I got to know so many people from around the world,about their diverse views on the Asia Pacific Region and their experience so far. Secondly, I got an opportunity to meet not only the highly knowledgeable PHD scholars but also the government officials, professors and last but not the least, the conference organizers did a commendable job in packing up the sessions with knowledge and information and at the same time sparking the debate in and outside of the sessions. One of my favorite moments of the conference was "The Great Debate" which showcased three of our fellow delegates in an oxford style debate against ANU's finest academics on the topic ' Is local pop culture more influential than western popular culture in the Asia Pacific Region'.
I think ANU is the best place where one can interact with notable scholars and wonderful students from all around the world.
When I was accepted and chosen to present, it seemed too good to be true. Little did I know how significant the impact of this experience would be on my studies, worldview, and future career plans. At first I did not think my background in environmental issues would allow me to relate to or academically interact with other delegates, almost all of whom were specializing in the Asia Pacific region.
Instead, I became exceedingly captivated and wrapped up in all of the panelists’ discussions of topics I’d never even considered—from military strategies to shifting media portrayal of gender roles in Korea. Not only did new topics stretch my mind, but I was also enabled to see how the policies of each of our countries affect others. I still keep in touch with many of the 100 delegates from around the world, and will always remember our time together discussing trends and developments in the Asia Pacific region as one of the most rewarding and enjoyable in my life so far.
Asia Pacific Week 2013 proved an immensely valuable platform for putting my knowledge into context. Asia Pacific Week allowed me to see what is beyond one’s own specialised but also biased lens, and to challenge each other’s perspectives and appreciate a whole new view of the Asia Pacific region. The program offered more than the traditional panel discussion — the organising committee prepared innovative setups like a war game simulation and an ambassador’s panel, constantly shifting the delegates’ mindsets by exploring unfamiliar concepts.
Nur Alia Pariwita
ANU APW was the most superb event that I attended in 2011. Why? First of all, I joined the most diverse atmosphere from 100 young bright scholars who have enthusiasm in many areas of studies surrounding Asia and the Pacific region, just as politics, law, economics, security, gender, environment, development, etc. The participants also came from universities across the world that enrich the discussions/talks of each activities that we had in this event. The alumni of ANU APW 2011 have group on social media which make easier for us to keep in touch and updated with Asia Pacific issues and others.
Secondly, I got opportunity to meet not merely academia from ANU but beyond as well as Australian government officials, particularly as the ones who interested in Australian security studies, it was my privilege to have sessions with Professors from Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, ANU. Networking is the most priceless thing from international event like ANU APW.
Thirdly, the committee created many variation of type of event, such as conference, focus group discussion, and as delegate of ANU APW 2011, we had an honour to experiencing the first interactive master blogging session as well as attended China Update at that time. I can assure you won’t get bored and you’ll feel time flies so fast. Therefore, you don’t have to think twice to apply ANU APW this year. Grab it first!
Thank you to the Asia-Pacific Week 2012 for inviting me to speak about my research on natural disaster risk and insurance. For me, the conference was helpful for connecting with top economists and policymakers at ANU, as well as learning about ways my research could be applied and interpreted in individual country contexts in the region. I especially appreciated that, while the conference highlighted the importance of the US-China relationship, there was balanced discussion and ample attendance by smaller countries that brought out nuanced multi-lateral conversations.
The conference organizers did an excellent job packing the sessions with information and opportunities to interact with high-profile experts, while also keeping the mood fresh and lively, to spark debate both in and outside of the formal sessions. One of my favourite moments of the conference was the live blogging competition, which showcased a few brave volunteers bending cultural stereotypes with wit and humour in real-time. Overall, I had a wonderful experience gaining exposure to research and policy throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Thank you again to the conference organizers and fellow delegates for making it such a memorable experience.
I got an opportunity to attend the ANU Asia-Pacific Week, 2012, and I consider it a profound experience, that went beyond my expectations. I feel privileged to have become a part of ANU APW-2012 as the conference enhanced my academic, social and strategic knowledge about Asia, Pacific and the world in general. The conference was definitely well planned and well organized and the ‘Great Debate’ made the experience even all the more unique and cognitively stimulating.
I consider ANU as the best place where one can interact with notable scholars and outstanding students. APW 2012 has made it possible to keep in touch with prolific scholars and academicians as well as with the curious students and young scholars from all over the world.