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Connecting Year 10-12 Students Across Regional Victoria with each other and their peers in the Asia-Pacific

This program is an initiative of the Victorian Department of Education facilitated by Asia Education Foundation at the University of Melbourne. All Victorian Year 10-12 student places are fully-funded by the Victorian Department of Education. 



The Connect Global Youth Forum is a virtual one-day event that brings together young people from a regional cluster of Victorian schools with their peers from schools in the Asia-Pacific. Students will connect and work together to examine a locally-relevant issue that has impacts locally and is globally-connected. Through real-life, meaningful and authentic interaction with peers, students will explore how that issue affects different communities, the diversity of impacts, and potential actions they can take to have a positive impact.

Before each forum the cohort of 100 participants will decide the specific local issue they wish to explore with their peers. During the live, synchronous forum, Asia Education Foundation will facilitate activities that encourage collaboration, discussion and intercultural understanding with the goal of promoting engagement and global citizenship.


Open to all Regional Victorian Year 10-12 Students.


This forum will be delivered online via Zoom.


With funding from the Victorian Department of Education, participation in this forum is free for all Victorian schools. 

  Expressions of Interest for 2023 will open soon.

For all enquires, please email



2016 AEF Autumn School


  • Dr Kathleen Turner, Strategic Partnerships Manager, Griffith Asia Institute
  • Mr Mohamad Abdalla, Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University
  • Dr Indigo Willing OAM, Adjunct Research Fellow, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research
  • Mr Aaron Seeto, Curatorial Manager of Asian and Pacific Art at the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and previously Director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in NSW
  • Mr Keith Shangare, Diversity Coordinator, AFL Queensland

Additional speakers will be announced over the coming weeks

Learning outcomes

As a result of their participation students will: 

  • appreciate and understand what it means to be a global citizen by critically interacting with the concept of globalisation, comparing diverse perspectives of globalisation, and identifying the ways that globalisation influences their life. 

  • deepen their understanding of the impacts of globalisation on education systems/policies by identifying key issues in education today, and identifying the bias and influences that shape their worldview, and their role in shaping global citizenship. 

  • strengthen their awareness of their own biases and the biases of others and recognise that this awareness is needed to overcome harmful divisions and create inclusive communities; and 

  • identify ways they can respond to divisive views and behaviours and the role they can play in making their vision for the local and global community a reality. 

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The Connect Global Youth Forum is funded by the Victorian Department of Education and implemented by the Asia Education Foundation at Asialink, The University of Melbourne. View a copy of our Privacy Notice here

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