The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is student-run organization of the Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences. HPAIR organizes Harvard University’s largest annual student conferences in the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, we have continuously gathered a growing pool of international students from top universities, renowned academics, business professionals, and political leaders to engage in our rigorous educational events. Our programs intend to achieve three goals:
Provide a dynamic forum of exchange on international issues vital to Asia
Foster long-term relationships among young leaders from around the globe
Connect talented delegates with some of today’s leaders in academia, business and government.
Today, HPAIR has significantly expanded to offer two annual conferences. Through plenary sessions, panels, keynotes, workshops, and case studies, the conferences provide valuable opportunities for discussion about challenges and trends in the international landscape. Continuing its tradition of academic excellence, the Harvard Conference seeks to create a rigorous forum for dialogue and exchange. The 2012 conference will invite both international students and Harvard students to come together in February for four days. With the theme of “Cross Cultural Connections: Weaving New Silk Roads”, conference attendees will explore pertinent issues concerning the Asia region, including foreign policy, public health, environmental issues, media, and entrepreneurship. Attendees will have the opportunity to investigate these issues in-depth through plenary sessions, panel sessions, seminars, and case-studies.
The HPAIR Asia Conference is a 5-day academic program in mid-August in an Asian country. The conference integrates the contents of the academic and business world to create a hybrid structure. Delegates will benefit from gaining a broader exposure to issues spanning multiple arenas, including political, social, economic, cultural, and business. As the world becomes more globalized as well as commercialized, the boundary between business and other aspects of society is increasingly less rigid. The Asia Conference seeks to capture this phenomenon and help delegates understand its impacts on the future of international relations.
In addition to its international conferences, HPAIR aims to promote understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues facing the Asia-Pacific region within the Harvard community by organizing panels and other events on Harvard’s campus.
Through all of its activities, HPAIR strives to maintain the vision of its mission statement: “to promote understanding of the economic, political, social, and cultural issues facing the Asia-Pacific region within the Harvard and international communities.”
For more information, see our HPAIR 2012 Brochure.