Dear Delegates, Faculty, and Affiliates:

On behalf of the Executive Board, it is my honor to invite you to the 13th Session of Harvard Model Congress Asia.

Since its founding in 2004, HMCA has brought together thousands of high school students from across Asia and the world to debate issues facing governments and international organizations in the 21st century. Delegates must not only face controversial economic, political, and social issues—be they regional or global, historic or unprecedented—but also seek to craft solutions, all under the guidance of Harvard University undergraduates.

This year, we are excited to announce that our conference will take place in Hong Kong in partnership with the University of Hong Kong (HKU). A world-class research university that is consistently ranked the top school in Hong Kong, HKU has a strong history of international collaboration and state-of-the-art facilities that we know will add a great deal to our conference.

On January 5, hundreds of delegates from about 17 countries will congregate at the HKU campus, having researched key issues and reviewed briefings prepared by our Harvard student staff. On January 8, these delegates will leave with a new understanding of government, of the challenges that face Asia and the world, of public speaking in English, of debate and compromise, and of their own positions on the issues.

Our goal at HMCA is to promote political awareness, develop mutual cross-cultural understanding (both for Asian cultures and our own in the US), to educate students about differing perspectives, and to give delegates the tools to advocate for their positions in reasoned debate. Hong Kong, standing at the very center of historic change in Asia, will no doubt be a fitting place for a conference that demands delegates to consider the continent’s past, present, and future.

HMCA is unique to other simulation conferences because of how connected delegates become to their Harvard chairs. We are planning to keep a 15:1 staff-to-delegate ratio—far lower than those at other government simulation conferences, at which 200-person committees are often the norm.

We hope you will consider joining us at HMCA 2017, and we are happy to answer any questions you have about registration, logistics, or any other aspect of the conference. Please reach out to faculty@hmcasia.org and we will be sure to help however we can. Whether you are a school new to government simulation or have been coming to HMCA for the past 12 years, we look forward to answering your questions and seeing you in Hong Kong for Harvard Model Congress Asia 2017!

Sincerely,
Oksana Moscoso
President | Harvard Model Congress Asia 2017