Over the last 20 years, IAPSS has been the larger political science student’s organisation and focused mostly on European students and European universities. Living in a global world and with the advent of social media, the constraints of state boundaries are relativized and transnational networks become a tangible reality. In an increasingly interconnected and globalised world, IAPSS is expanding its scope to a global scale, in a decentralised federal structure. IAPSS is an organisation aiming to serve those whom we represent, and the Oceania Chapter will create new pathways to inclusiveness, providing academic opportunities to young scholars and giving them a voice. With regional representation, outreach and impact it will be feasible to draft programs reflecting our local aspirations, cultural traits, and most importantly student’s goals, aspirations, creating greater integration within our regions, and encourage greater cultural and international political science student’s interchange and research cooperation with European students and institutions.
Oceania is a vast territory, and one of the most geographically isolated regions in the world. IAPSS Oceania aims to create greater interconnectivity between political science students in Oceania and Universities, and political science students and Universities in our region with other regions, and European political science students and Universities in particular. Thus, the Oceania chapter will provide greater opportunities for political science students in our region, creating a pathway for research projects and grant opportunities for young emerging scholars. Grants and funding will provide young researchers and their respective academic institutions a platform for conferences and events interconnecting political science students in Oceania with other IAPSS regional chapters, and particularly with political science students and academics based in Europe. The Oceania Chapter understands that student’s organisations and outreach programs in our region have become increasingly focused in Asia and that there is a growing need to expand student interchange programs, research projects and research cooperation with other regions, and with European based students and academics.