Past Conferences

In past conferences, HCAP offered a myriad of cultural and social opportunities that were enjoyed by both Harvard and partner school participants. Delegates have met former United States President Clinton in Dubai, taken a special tour of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, visited the Okinawa Air Base, met the Beijing 2008 Olympic Committee, learned about the role of non-profit organizations in Hong Kong, discussed economic policies with leading politicians in Singapore, planted mangrove trees in Malaysia, toured cultural landmarks in Thailand, and much more.


The Harvard College in Asia Program takes pride in the variety and depth of academic topics that our conferences have covered in the past sixteen years. Our speakers, panels and trips have been not just educational, but also a source of inspiration for our participants’ career choices.

Each year, HCAP organizes social and cultural events that attract a diverse group of speakers to ensure that the various cultures and views of each one of our partner countries are fully represented. Outside of the academic component of our conference, delegates will have the unique opportunity to learn more about Asia through deep conversations and interactions with their peers.

In each of the past years, more than 200 Harvard and Asian delegates, Harvard faculty and scholars, and other guest speakers from over seven different countries have convened to discuss important topics that affect all of our lives.

Past Themes:

2010: Social Entrepreneurship

2011: Global Healthcare Systems

2012: Technology and Social Justice

2013: Civil and Minority Rights

2014: Building Sustainable Cities

2016: Equality, Tolerance, and Freedom

2017: Mind, Body, and Society

2018: Redefining Leadership

2019: Empowering Education

Featured Alumni Blogs

India by Kathryn Gundersen

(adapted from Kathryn’s blog) As we approached a towering gopuram, alive with color and covered in exquisite sculptures of Hindu deities, my friend Samyuktha turned to me and carefully narrated what was about to happen. “South Indian temples are designed to awaken every one of your senses,” she explained. Inside, ...
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Tokyo by Kathryn Gundersen

(adapted from Kathryn’s blog) As it’s been over two weeks since I came home, this post is a little bit late—however, since during those two weeks I packed for school, moved into school, shopped for classes, and officially made my schedule, I think I can be pardoned. Regardless, I wanted ...
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Bangkok by Kathryn Gundersen

(adapted from Kathryn’s blog) In the past few months I’ve traveled to Bangkok for spring break, finished my sophomore year at Harvard (marking the halfway point of my undergraduate career… where did the time go?!), and caught an airline mistake fare that got me a week in Dubai and Abu ...
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