Asia Challenge


The Asian Studies Center is pleased to host its fourth annual Asia Challenge high school simulation this year, on February 20, 2024, in the William Pitt Union. The goal of Asia Challenge is to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity 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 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), students will spend a day engaged in debate and negotiations over pressing issues impacting Asia, the Pacific region, and the world today. Asia Challenge will enhance students’ understanding beyond classroom learning and give them a real sense of the challenges involved in the debate and decision-making process of ESCAP.

DATE: Tuesday, February 20, 2024

TIME: 8:00 am – 2:15 pm ET

LOCATION: William Pitt Union on the University of Pittsburgh campus

Prizes will be awarded to the top delegations and top position papers 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 

Asia Challenge 2024 Registration

Registration will close at the latest on Tuesday, January 16, 2024, but sooner if the event has reached capacity before January 16th. Country assignments will be sent shortly after the deadline. To register, please click here.

To view the schedule for Asia Challenge 2024, please click here.

To view the guidelines and topics for position papers for Asia Challenge 2024, please click here.

To view a sample position paper from a previous year, please click hereFor more information about resolution and position paper writing, please review the University of Pittsburgh High School Model UN manual at

Position papers are due by Monday, February 5, 2024.

To view the background guides for Asia Challenge 2024, please click here.

To view a list of online resources about the topics for Asia Challenge 2024, please click here.