NU is preparing for the HPAIR-2019 Harvard International Conference

“Passion For Change” is the theme of this year’s conference by the Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) that will be hosted at Nazabayev University. The proposal put together by NU Students won a highly competitive process that HPAIR runs to determine which organization in Asia will host the conference. NU’s proposal was selected as the best from all those submitted including those from countries such as Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, China and India.  To prepare for the upcoming event student members of NU’s organizing committee had the opportunity to travel to Harvard University (USA), where they received training on organizing and hosting a successful event.  The Organizing committee is receiving now applications from different countries for attending the HPAIR-2019. 

As previously reported, HPAIR is the largest student conference under auspices of Harvard University in Asia. The conference was established as a platform for students and young professionals to discuss the most important economic, political and social issues for countries of the Pacific Region and Asia. Since 1991, the conference has been held at the universities in 12 different countries involving more than 32,000 participants.  Past conference speakers have included leaders of countries, famous scientists, Nobel laureates, diplomats and leaders of international organizations.

The HPAIR 2019 conference will be held in Nur-Sultan city and will offer six areas of focus: art, media and culture; social policy and justice; governance and geopolitics; science and technology; energy and environmental sustainability; and global markets and the economy. In addition to the main agenda, cultural events have been included in the five-day program of the event, e.g. opportunities to attend an international carnival, to experience Kazakh culture, and to go on sightseeing excursions.

Leyla Akhmetova, Chair of the Organizing Committee of HPAIR-2019, a student of Nazarbayev University was invited to be a speaker of the Astana Economic Forum. On May 17, she will deliver a speech on youth issues in Kazakhstan and will share her experience of organizing the conference.

In the picture: delegation of the HPAIR-2019 Organizing Committee at Harvard