Asia Challenge


The Asian Studies Center is pleased to host the third annual Asia Challenge simulation for high school students in-person for the first time, in 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 Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which was formed in November 2020, students will spend a day engaged in debate and negotiations over issues affecting the RCEP partnership. The objective is to simulate a specific RCEP meeting that focuses on current events impacting Asia, the Indo Pacific region, and the world.  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: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 

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 

To register your school for Asia Challenge 2023, please click here.

Registration will close at the latest on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, but sooner if the event has reached capacity before January 18th.  Country assignments will be sent shortly after the deadline.

To view the schedule for Asia Challenge 2023, please click here.

To view the guidelines and topics for position papers for Asia Challenge 2023, please click here.

To view a sample position paper from a previous year, please click here.

Position papers are due by Monday, February 6, 2023.

To view the simulation information and agenda for Asia Challenge 2023, please click here.

To view a list of online resources about the topics for Asia Challenge 2023, please click here.