A passion for foreign policy is taking UNSW student Hannah Glass to Vladivostok, where she will rub shoulders with world leaders at this year’s APEC summit.
A final-year Law/International Studies student and member of the UNSW United Nations society, Glass has always enjoyed learning about international relations and diplomacy.
“Through my time with the society, I have travelled quite extensively to places like Mexico and The Hague. But APEC is on another level, so I just jumped at the chance to apply,” says Glass, one of only three young Australians chosen to attend.
“The APEC summit is the perfect opportunity to combine all of my interests in foreign trade, the globalised economy and international relations.”
Leaving for Vladivostok this Friday, Glass is keen to network with economic leaders from around the world and debate topical issues.
“A key theme this year is trade barriers. I really hope this is discussed thoroughly, because it’s been pushed back in the past, but it is so important to Australia,” she says.
The highlight for Glass will be hearing Hillary Clinton speak. “Appropriately, one of the APEC forums will discuss the role of women, and Hillary Clinton is a true role model for women the world over in both business and politics. She is a formidable force and someone I look up to.”
“This is certainly a one-off experience. I’m so excited to be witnessing this event, and more importantly, learning about timely issues first-hand.”
Read more about the 2012 APEC summit here.
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