The 2023 WLSA’s Global Student Conference, has the theme ‘‘Navigating the Modern World’’. This year the conference is being hosted in Shanghai and sees an exciting return to live events, and will take place from 5th to 9th July 2023. The Conference gives students an opportunity to come together from across the globe to voice their opinions and build cross-cultural bridges. As the world contends with numerous overlapping crises, the capacity of individuals and societies to deal with geopolitical turbulence has rarely been so critical. To thrive in the 21st Century we need to understand the challenges coming our way and look to understand the challenges coming our way and look to develop the skills needed to navigate the modern world. And start adapting now.


The Conference will be hosted at the WLSA Shanghai Academy. Shanghai is one of China’s most historic cities and yet its futuristic skyline shows how it is now at the forefront of China’s economic development. This will be the perfect springboard for the conference delegates to take inspiration from Shanghai’s extraordinary architecture and cultural heritage, while also its strategic position will help give perspective to dynamic scholarly exchange and global cultural dialogue. The conference will also give practical focus on 21st Century Skills and will feature renowned key note speakers, opportunities for debate, reflection and making cross cultural connections. We will discover Shanghai, the city where East meets West; and tradition meets modernity. It is China’s most cosmopolitan city, where one minute you are enjoying stunning views from the top of a skyscraper, and the next you are transported back to the glitz and glamour of the 1920s as you drink coffee along the tree-lined streets of the French concession. A global city for global citizens.


If you are a WLSA Associate School and the Global Student Conference is of interest to your students please contact WLSA’s Director Global Student Affairs – Owen Moelwyn-Hughes - for further details via info@wlsafoundation.org.