QS Subject Focus Summit : ‘Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific: Large and Small State Perspectives’

QS Subject Focus Summit : ‘Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific: Large and Small State Perspectives’

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19-21 Feb 2020 from 9.00 am - 8.00 pm 19 Feb 2020 9:00 am 21 Feb 2020 8:00 pm

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington will host the upcoming QS Subject Focus Summit on the theme ‘Power Shifts in the Asia-Pacific: Large and Small State Perspectives’ from 19 to 21 February 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.

The 21st century has been recognised as the Asian Century, with China positioned as the region’s economic powerhouse and anchor. But as we move into a new decade, small and middle sized Asian nations are growing rapidly and emerging as new centres of power. The geopolitical shifts continuing in the region bring both challenges and opportunities.

The summit will be held over two days at Victoria University of Wellington, and will bring together university leaders, academics and policy-makers from New Zealand and around the world to discuss changing dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region.

We strongly encourage colleagues to attend sessions and hear insights from leading academics, including a keynote debate on ‘Power Shifts in Asia and the Future of Regional Order’ with panellists Professor Rosemary Foot (University of Oxford), Professor Khong Yuen Foong (National University of Singapore), and Professor Xioaming Huang (Victoria University of Wellington).

Speakers and presenters at the summit will seek to address many of the issues facing the region including growing tensions between super powers; how multilateral relationships are changing and new alliances developing; how small nations can maintain their influence and independence; and how the shifting balance of power may affect policy-making in areas such as migration, climate change and people-trafficking.

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to using its expertise to help with the resolution of global challenges, particularly those that have a significant impact on the Asia-Pacific region. This summit will bring our local strengths together with world-class experts from across the region and beyond to deliver a thought-provoking event.

We look forward to seeing you in February 2020, at New Zealand’s globally ranked capital city university.

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