by Francis Pabiania | News Writer
School of Public Affairs and Governance student Benrashdie Ngo will attend the 2018 Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) Asian Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug. 16-20.
HPAIR was founded to create exchange forums of students and young professionals who will address the issues on economy, politics and society of the Asia-Pacific Region.
Ngo got a scholarship that will cover his expenses and registration fee for the conference. He went through online applications, oral interview, video profile and numerous essay writings before he got the confirmation as delegate.
Ngo said he is still looking for sponsorships since the scholarship would only cover around 80 percent of his expenses.
He said that HPAIR is an opportunity to allow them to grow more intellectually, ulturally and socially.
Ngo will be among the 600 delegates across 60 countries and would be part of the ‘Governance and Geopolitics’ track.
According to HPAIR, in this track, delegates will have the opportunity to improve their understanding of how different governance systems approach situations differently, contribute to discussions and interact with each other to nurture a deep appreciation for governance, and understand security concerns and diplomatic strategies at a deeper level.
Among the six various tracks are Art, Media and Culture; Social Policy and Justice; Technology and Innovation; Energy and Environmental Sustainability; and Global Markets and Economy.
“As a student leader, I see the global community as my community… What concerns others in a global point of view, would also concern me,” Said Ngo referring to his perspective towards societal relations and as foreign affairs student.
The Asian conference will focus on the theme “Sustainable Disruption” addressing solutions and impacts of the international issues In the Asia-Pacific Region.
He added that seeking knowledge is not his only aspiration in participating on the event, “It is to also gain practical experiences that we don’t get encounter on a daily basis, these practical experiences should enrich you as a person, as someone who envisions of creating change.”
One Belt, One Road’; ASIAN in Crisis; Post Truth and The State of Cyber Security are the topics to be addressed, and HPAIRx, Malaysia Night and I-Night Concert are some of the events to be held.