Model APEC Youth Training Program 

Introduction

The Model APEC Youth Training Program aims to increase awareness and understanding of APEC in Taiwan's youth. The program invites government officials and youth to share their experiences in participating in APEC conferences and events. The program also held a Model APEC conference for participants to learn more about how issues are discussed and negotiated in international organizations, hoping to broaden participants' horizons and enhance their ability to take part in international activities.

In Model APEC, student participants are grouped and assigned to represent an APEC member economy. Provided with the recent data and information of their represented member economy, students would present their proposals and seek support while others give feedback and comment on the proposal. Many students think Model APEC is an engaging activity because they learn not only about the members of APEC, but also the procedural rules in international conferences.

Students' Feedback

Student 1:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: The operation of APEC and the role Taiwan plays.


Student 2:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: Model APEC provided a chance to experience what it's like to be in an international conference. Brainstorming with other participants was also informative.

Student 3:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: How and which Asia-Pacific region activities that Taiwan is engaging in.


Student 4:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: I gained a better understanding of APEC and how things work at APEC.

Q: Any suggestions on what could be included in future programs?

A: It'd be great if today's session could serve as a pre-course for Model APEC. Also, it'd be better if the program could focus on one topic, and talk about what Taiwan has achieved in this area.



Student 5:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: I gained a better understanding of the APEC procedures, and what role Taiwan plays in the Asia-Pacific region. Moreover, having young people share their experiences gave me a chance to know what Taiwanese youth have contributed in promoting public affairs to improve Taiwan's image in the global community.


Student 6:

Q: What did you learn most from this program?

A: I realized that I have to improve my English. Also, I learned more about APEC and the needs of the international community. In addition, it's great to get to know students from other places.

Q: Any suggestions on what could be included in future programs?

A: Although we do pay attention to certain issues, it's hard to absorb so much information in a short period of time. It'd be better if they provide less general information so that we could get into it right away.