As a delegate you will have the opportunity to not only hear from acclaimed 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.     

COVID-19 Update

Due to a recent change of circumstances, we have decided to host the Asia Pacific Week 2021 as an entirely virtual conference, running from 21st - 24th June.  We are endeavouring to provide an interactive and engaging experience that will allow you to learn from the speakers and fellow delegates, from the comfort and safety of your own home. As we will be hosting online, we welcome applications from delegates anywhere in the world! Please stay tuned with our social media and website (currently being updated) for more news, we have lots of exciting plans! 

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 Asian and Pacific academic community globally.  As countries pivot their focus to Asia and the Pacific regions, 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.     

Highlights of the 2020 APW Conference 

Activism panel: This panel was highly popular with last years’ delegates! Featuring contributions from Roald Maliangkay, Virginia Marshall, Talei Mangioni and moderated by Madeline McDonald, this panel discussed the year of protest and activism that was 2020. Furthermore, it tackled the surge of activism featured across digital technologies and social media platforms, as movements such as Black Lives Matter and the fight against climate change transcended national boundaries.    

Threatcasting: if anyone has participated in crisis simulations before, this event will be quite similar!    

Cooking class: one of our fabulous events run by the special projects team, this event saw all 80 delegates cooking with a packet of noodles sent to them by the committee. We all produced a unique version of the time-old two-minute noodles with a twist.     Women in diplomacy panel: this highly engaging and inspiring panel featured some of Australia’s most prominent women in diplomacy, including the Australian government’s Department of Foreign Affair’s deputy secretary Harinder Sidhu, and the High Commissioner to Vanuatu. The discussion delved into the experiences of each of these women working in Australia’s diplomacy areas, as well as their thoughts surrounding the position and representation of women in this industry and Asia and the Pacific more broadly. 

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