World Affairs Institute

47th World Affairs Institute for Student Leaders
Annual student conference on a major international issue or region

The 2017 World Affairs Institute will be held on October 18. Visit the event page for more information and to register. 

What is the objective of the Institute?
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The Institute engages high school student leaders in a discussion of key issues in international affairs so that they can understand and think critically about their world.

The 2016 topic was Foreign Policy Challenges for the New Administration and focused on what global concerns the next President of the United States will have to contend with.

Who can attend the Institute?
High school students are selected by local Rotary Clubs (Districts 6650, 7280, 7300, and 7330) in cooperation with schools. Each Rotary Club determines the number of scholarships available.

How many student delegates attend?
Approximately 350 high school juniors and seniors.

DSC_0125How is the conference structured?
Through panel presentations and small breakout sessions, experts will discuss key issues with the student delegates. Each student will receive a comprehensive background paper prior to the Institute.

Who pays for the scholarships?
Each Rotary Club pays for the number of scholarships it is sponsoring. The fee for each delegate and each chaperone will cover the cost of registration, educational materials, all conference sessions, lunch, and refreshments.

The World Affairs Institute is a collaboration between the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and Rotary International.

rotary_55Rotary International
Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are non-partisan, non-denominational, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto, “Service Above Self,” Rotary’s main objective is service – in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

wac_55World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh
The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council has a special focus on secondary schools throughout the region, and works to give students and teachers a more nuanced understanding of the global issues of our time. The Council also is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold – and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region.

Questions?
Contact the World Affairs Council at 412-281-7970 or welcome@worldpittsburgh.org.