Becoming a Global Citizen

Gaining international experience during your time at Massey University will strengthen your CV and benefit you throughout your career.  Businesses and companies look for applicants with a global mindset to work with their culturally-diverse employees and overseas clients.

Studying overseas on exchange for a semester or two as part of your Massey degree can propel you along your path toward Global Citizenship. Other options, such as study tours, internships, and international conferences, provide valuable experiences as well.

Global Citizen is a Massey University initiative to assist you with taking up these opportunities.  Contact Craig Lyons to find out how you can become involved in the programme below.

APEC Voices of the Future Forum

This annual programme brings team of young people together to expose them to the real-life deal-making process of world leaders and inspire them to do the same with their own ideas.  Massey University provides a scholarship to attend this Forum each year.  

Anne-Sophie Page is the most recent winner of the scholarship. She joined the New Zealand delegation taking part in the week-long 2017 Forum in Da Nang, Vietnam, involving 115 youth delegates from around the world.

APEC 2017 Anne-Sophie with PM.jpg “The opportunity to listen to the thoughts of leaders in both politics and business on some of the key issues facing the modern world was one of the most valuable aspects of the APEC Voices of the Future programme. The summit consisted of panel discussions, with some keynote speakers that focused on topics like the Future of Globalisation. The main keynote addresses came from President Rodrigo Duterte, President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping.

On the final morning of the Summit, the opportunity to have breakfast with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, along with the rest of the New Zealand delegation attending the summit was made available. The table arrangements saw youth delegates seated at different tables amongst some of the most influential economic leaders in New Zealand. It was a humbling experience to be included in conversations with such prominent people and have our opinions heard and valued.

The week spent in Vietnam wasn’t all politics and business though, we were given time to explore the city and the countryside. As a group, we visited orphanages, villages and the attractions that surrounded Da Nang and Hoi An. We indulged in the local cuisine, immersed ourselves in the Vietnamese culture and spent the nights getting to know the fellow 16 economies.  

APEC Voices of the Future was an incredible experience. The topic of international relations has been a long-held interest of mine and belonging to the NZ delegation has given me a strong perspective and insight on the collaborative approach needed to address the Asia Pacific region’s issues. I took full advantage of this opportunity, and I encourage any future Massey delegates to do the same.”

Details about how to apply to attend the 2018 Voices of the Future Forum in Papua, New Guinea will be posted here when they become available.

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