About HPAIR

His Excellency SR Nathan

With the world becoming a global village, and with national destinies more closely intertwined, a better understanding of each other’s different perspectives will be crucial. For much will depend on what you and your generation do as you take your positions in society in later years. I am hopeful that many of you will attain high positions in society as each one of you has been endowed with gifts of intellectual or personal leadership.

His Excellency SR NathanPresident of Singapore

The Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a 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 HPAIR Harvard Conference seeks to create a rigorous forum for dialogue and exchange.

The HPAIR Asia Conference is a 5-day academic program in mid-August in an Asian country. 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.”