Asia Challenge


The High School Asia Challenge simulation is being conducted for the first time this year in what we hope will become an annual simulation for high school students. The goal of Asia Challenge is to give high school students a chance to learn about the history, politics, economics, and cultures of Asia and the surrounding region through a hands-on simulation.  Playing the roles of delegates to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which was formed in November, 2020, students will spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over immediate and long-term crises affecting the RCEP partnership. The objective is to simulate a specific RCEP meeting that focuses on past and current events impacting Asia.  Asia Challenge will enhance student understanding of classroom learning and give them a real sense of the challenges involved in the debate and decision-making process of RCEP. 

DATE: Thursday, March 18
TIME: 8:30am – 3:00pm ET
LOCATION: virtual via Microsoft Teams

COST:  $10/student

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each room.

Sponsored by: The University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center at the University Center for International Studies

Contact: Cathy Fratto
Contact Email:
Contact Voicemail: 412-648-7426 

Click here to register on-line.

Registration is due Wednesday, February 10, 2021.  Country assignments will be announced shortly after the deadline, along with invoices for registration fees.  Registration fees should be paid upon receipt of invoice, but no later than Thursday, March 18.  Registration fees will be deposited after the event.

Position papers are due by Monday, March 1, 2021.