Murdoch student part of a delegation chosen to represent Australia in Korea

June 8, 2015

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Darcy Rowe, a second-year Masters of International Affairs student at the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs has been selected as one of only 10 postgraduate students from Australia to participate in the 2015 MIKTA Young Professional Camp.

MIKTA is a multilateral arrangement that was formed in 2013 and is an association of five middle powers; Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia.

The Korean Government has invited 10 postgraduate students from each of the MIKTA countries to travel to Korea to participate in an academic dialogue and a cultural excursion from July 6 to 11.

To be chosen for the Camp, Darcy had to demonstrate that he was a high performing student with an interest in global issues, new models of international dialogue and an ability to thrive in a cross-cultural environment.

“Diplomacy, foreign affairs and international relations are my core areas of academic interest, so I couldn’t miss the chance to participate in such a significant conference,” Darcy said.

“It’s especially exciting being present so close to the beginning of such a new multilateral arrangement and to see how achieving new goals along the lines of shared values and ideals can occur.

“MIKTA are a regionally and culturally diverse group of nations – it will be very interesting to work amongst the international collection of delegates in what I am sure will be a rich academic environment.”

Dean of the Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Professor Benjamin Reilly, said the purpose of the exchange was to forge close relationships among MIKTA postgraduate students allowing them to learn more about global issues facing MIKTA countries.

“Student exchanges such as these not only benefit the individuals involved who gain valuable knowledge and new perspectives, they also benefit the countries involved by creating a cohort of future leaders,” Professor Reilly said.

The two-day academic dialogue will include keynote speeches from each country focusing on the theme of “middle power diplomacy”, specifically looking at the MIKTA initiative from the perspective of each representative country.

“Working with the other delegates, we will be looking to find collaborative and bilateral/multilateral solutions to global issues and then turn those into policy recommendations for next-generation leaders,” Darcy said.

“It’s a tremendously ambitious conference with a very full agenda – I’m really looking forward to it!”

The cultural excursion will include visits to Jeonju City, the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and Seoul.

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