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Asia Pacific Week 2017

JCU Brisbane would like to congratulate our MITHM student Nhi Trinh (Jennifer) who has recently attended the 2017 Asia Pacific Week in Canberra.  Nhi was kind enough to provide some information about the week and the great work she participated in.

"It is my great honour and luck to be selected as a student delegate of Asia Pacific Week 2017 held by Australian National University from 25th to 30th June in Canberra. Asia Pacific Week is the annual student-run conference gathering bright students around the globe and policymakers, scholars as well as senior officials to discuss and debate issues in the Asia Pacific region.

This year, the conference theme is ‘A Changing Landscape’ which focuses on challenges that Asia Pacific countries are facing and the solutions for the sustainable development of the region. Throughout this week, I had a golden opportunity to meet and listen to experts from ANU, United Nations Association of Australia, High Commissioners and Acting High Commissioner of Republic of Fiji, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and ranges of other experts in various fields. I am extremely fortunate to be in a group of 80 talented students who are from top universities in the world and have gained excellent achievements in their studies as well as careers.

The diversity of delegates, their broad knowledge and skills plus their great interest and passion for the Asia Pacific really impressed me. We had a great time together with attendance at discussions, networking events, war games, debates, and also the parties. I do believe that it is the stepping stone for creating synergy among the young generation to contribute to improvements in the world.

Thanks to the conference, my horizon has been broadened significantly. I am more informed about politics, culture, and sustainability in the region. I have a better understanding of my weaknesses and acknowledge the fields that I should focus to improve and learn more. I am very thankful to the Conference’s organising committee, who are also university students, for facilitating a conference of such a high standard.

Importantly, I would like to express my huge thanks to our JCU Brisbane lecturers: Miss Julija Ovnic who supported me with her reference letter and continually gave me lots of encouragement; and Dr Ian Kirkwood who has spent his valuable time on our meeting in the pre-conference stage to guide, discuss and also inspire me to learn more. As always, I highly appreciate the enthusiasm and ongoing support from JCU Brisbane lecturers.”

Nhi Trinh - MITHM student

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