About

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.

When is it? How can I access it?

Due to a recent change of circumstances, we have decided to host the Asia Pacific Week 2022 as an entirely virtual conference, running from 20th - 23rd June. We are endeavouring to provide an interactive and engaging experience that will allow you to learn from both 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 for more news, plans and heartfelt articles.

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 2021 APW Conference

Pacific Dance Workshop: Hosted by Maryjane McKibbin Schwenke, the Pacific Dance workshop showcases traditional dance styles from all over the Pacific, teaching the delegates how to cultivate appreciation for the art form.

Living Languages and Developing Pop Culture: This panel was highly popular with last year’s delegates! Featuring contributions from Eliora Malifa, Dr Shameem Black, Associate Professor Carol Hayes and moderated by Dr Ross Tapsell, this panel discussed the nature of language, linguistics and popular media. This led into a ‘language taster’ event that we hope to replicate the success of, in which students were tutored by academics of applied linguistics to learn the basics of various languages across the Asia-Pacific.

Historical Pandemics: Lessons, Relevance and Continuity: Encapsulating the trials of the COVID-19 pandemic, academics made light of historical patterns, the effects of pandemics on communities in the Asia-Pacific and provided insight into our outlook going forward. Speakers included Chris Ballard, Carolyn Strange, Vicki Luker and Asia Pacific Week’s course convenor, Katerina Teaiwa.

Women in diplomacy panel: This inspiring panel featured some of Australia’s most prominent women in diplomacy, including the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Australia, H.E. Busadee Santipitaks. Other specialists included: Julie-Ann Guivarra, Caitlin Gauci and Elizabeth McGregor. 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.

Updated:  11 May, 2022/Responsible Officer:  Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific/Page Contact:  CAP Web Team