Asia’s largest student event is in August

THE largest annual student event in Asia is coming to Kuala Lumpur this August. It is courtesy of the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR).

A non-profit organisation under the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, HPAIR is enabling international and local students; and eminent individuals in the fields of academia, business and government, to meet at Sunway University beginning Aug 16.

Since 1991, HPAIR has organised 54 conferences in 12 different host countries, touching the lives of more than 32,000 students and young professionals.

With a five-day academic programme focused on the theme, “Sustainable Disruption”, the estimated 600 delegates from more than 83 countries are expected to take part in the track specific panel discussions and seminars found within the six-track options available.

These include Art, Media and Culture; Energy and Environmental Sustainability; Global Markets and Economy; Governance and Geopolitics; Social Policy and Justice; and Technology and Innovation.

Having played host in 1998 and 2008, the current 18 organising team members of HPAIR in Malaysia are working hard to create an atmosphere of engaging discussions for all who attend this conference.

Highlights include pre-conference tours, an opening ceremony and a reception, which will take place at Carcosa Seri Negara.

The Malaysia Night to be held at Sunway Lagoon Surf Beach on Day Two is a beach party organised to help the delegates meet new people and experience a taste of Malaysia in a relaxed and casual manner.

HPAIRx takes on a TED-style talk on Day Three with talks designed to inspire delegates to learn from the topics covered.

A classic HPAIR event, the International Night on Day Three, is going to be an evening to remember as the delegates will celebrate the cultures and talents of all those attending the HPAIR.

The highlights include the booth displays featuring food, craft and cultural items of the talented delegates’ countries to the international performances.

As HPAIR 2018 goes into Day Four, the delegates are expected to participate in the Impact Challenge work sessions and present the wealth of learning acquired.

On the last day of HPAIR 2018 on Aug 20, the delegates are given the opportunity to participate in track panels, go for sponsored field trips at selected organisations and be part of the lively conversations that will culminate in a networking dinner with sharing, discussions and reflections picked up during the HPAIR conference.

Keynote speakers include lead economist for Malaysia at the World Bank, Richard Record; Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs founding president Tunku Zain Al-‘Abidin; Sunway Education Group and Sunway University senior executive director Elizabeth Lee and Sunway Group founder and chairman Tan Sri Jeffrey Cheah.

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