Savvy welcomes students from all tertiary institutions throughout New Zealand, including Asia Savvy alumni and friends as well as new undergraduate and post-graduate students. Our conference and other networking events provide the opportunity for students to connect by sharing ideas and experiences.


Students engage in an informal learning environment with professional speakers from industry and experts from academia and the public/NGO sectors,. Speakers discuss key issues and challenges relevant to the conference topic, sharing their stories, insights and knowledge from on-the-ground experience in Asia.


Applicants submit a 300 word essay to secure a place at the conference. Prizes are awarded for best essays along with the chance to be published in our conference e-book. The conference provides ample opportunity for students to engage in lively discussions and share ideas and experiences.

Increase your leadership potential by being Asia-Savvy AND…

  • Learning from and interacting with experts from academia, industry, government and NGO sectors in lively discussions and workshops.
  • Networking with like-minded students in discussions and workshops.
  • Having the opportunity to have your essay published.

Opportunity to showcase and bolster your ‘Asia savvy’ skills!

We are looking for a Student Lead for our Asia Savvy outreach activities supported by the New Zealand Asia Institute in The University of Auckland.

What we offer:

Opportunity to:

  • Increase your leadership skills as the University of Auckland student representative at our Asia Savvy events
  • Network with like-minded students in discussions and workshops
  • Put your face on our social media campaign

Role Description:

  • Manage our social media:
  • Be our student representative at our events e.g. Lego workshop for students
  • Contribute ideas for student placing events
  • Promote our events to other students

Email your cv to Dinah Towle:

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This student-led conference is organised and supported by the New Zealand Asia Institute of the University of Auckland. It aims to attract a dynamic group of students from New Zealand universities nationwide. This presents attractive sponsorship opportunities for business and organisations whose participation would enhance the event.


The Asia Savvy Ambassador Programme provides students with the opportunity to act as liaisons between Asia Savvy and their respective universities.