Young Europeans and Asians tend to focus their international experience on their home continent or the US, often neglecting Asian-European intercultural skills. We change this by a formative bonding experience for a group of young Asians and Europeans, and continued learning from and about each othe
Berlin, Germany, Manila, the Philippines, Across Europe and Asia
Europe needs our initiative for three reasons. First, we encourage young Europeans to speaktheir voices in the discourse on global problems and developments. We help to secure Europe a metaphorical seat at the table. Second, we forge a sense of European unity and identity by looking outward. Many Europe-building activities are inward-looking and end up focusing on the current frictions among European nationalities. We believe that directing young Europeans’ attention to Asia will make them appreciate how much they share and how little separates. Third, growing Asian powers cannot be ignored as allies for Europe. By enabling leaders on both sides to work together in trust and respect on global problems, we believe that we will achieve better results for both sides, including our own Europe.
We want to connect a group of 7-9 young Europeans with their Asian peers at HPAIR each year, and give the Europeans thorough exposure to the Asian host country. We achieve learning about the host country through a self-organized pre-conference program of several days. The delegation meets and discusses with leaders from diverse fields, a format explored by the 2012 and 2013 delegations. Intercultural skills are taught by formal and informal discussions at HPAIR, and especially through the European-Asian peer projects that were successfully conducted in 2014. A successful outcome would be lasting connections between the European and Asian alumni, insightful learnings shared with the alumni network and and joint projects started by alumni.
Our project consists of an annual cycle divided in 3 stages. Stage 1 (Feb-Jul): Prior to HPAIR (end-August), the organizing team launches a Call for Applications and identifies 7-9 participants (<10% acceptance in past years). The delegation then meets at a pre-conference seminar to bond and discuss current issues relevant to HPAIR with invited experts. Stage 2 (Aug): Delegates participate in HPAIR Asia and in the pre-conference program in the country. During HPAIR, delegates write a short paper with an Asian peer on a current issue which is published on our website. Stage 3 (Sep): Delegates reconvene in Europe for a public closing seminar, which is part of our annual alumni meeting, and present their learnings and peer papers to the alumni. Afterwards, they become members of our alumni.
Funding requested from Advocate Europe
Any advice is welcome. More impressions from the project can be found on our website at http://www.europeandelegation.eu/