2019 Model G20 Beijing Summit

Explore Smart Cities and Global Innovation in China’s Capital

Beijing MG20 Summit focuses on one of today’s most exciting trends: smart cities and global innovation. Students will explore topics like Industry 4.0, Made in China 2025, real-time data, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and urbanization as well as China’s rapid development of infrastructure and its impact on the world’s economy. Led by professors and scholars from Harvard and Peking University, the Beijing MG20 promises 21st century skills in one of the world’s great historical cities

*To register for the Model G20 Beijing Summit, all applicants are required to create a login on Knovva’s Student Portal

Connect with a global community of passionate, top-level peers
Network with world-class experts and educators
Meet government officials, delegates, and luminaries
Solve real-world problems through negotiations and policy
Gain hands-on experience in leadership and diplomacy
Connect with a global community of peers
Network with world-class experts and educators
Meet government officials, delegates, and luminaries
Solve real-world problems through negotiations and policy
Gain hands-on experience in leadership and diplomacy

Learning Objectives

Gain knowledge of global affairs, foreign policy, economics

Work effectively with peers from diverse cultures

Improve ability to offer clear and persuasive arguments

Devise strategies that facilitate win-win negotiations

Develop and refine research questions, evaluate sources of information

Use diplomatic language and rhetorical structures to create speeches and communiques

Develop new insights and interests into professional and/or future academic paths

Program Schedule

Day 1
2/16

Arrival

Day 2
2/17

Orientation and Expedition

Check-in
Ice-breaker
Orientation
Explore historical and political sites around Beijing

Day 3
2/18

Training:
Systems and Structure of the G20

Keynote Lecture: Smart City and Global Innovation
Workshop: Cross-Cultural Communication
Workshop: Asking the Right Questions
Workshop:Research and Writing
Procedure Training
Team Reflection

Day 4
2/19

Training:
Diplomatic Performance

Keynote Lecture: Negotiation
Workshop: Public Speaking
Workshop: Strategic Thinking
Workshop: Negotiation
Policy Training
Team Reflection

Day 5
2/20

Training:
Diplomatic Performance

Keynote Lecture: Connected and Sustainable
Infrastructure
Opening Conference
Country Strategy Session
Policy Working Group
Country Strategy Session
Policy Working Group

Day 6
2/21

Training:
Diplomatic Performance

Panel Discussion: Scaling up Best Practices
Country Strategy Session
Policy Working Group
Country Strategy Session
Discourse with Civil Society
Country Strategy Session

Day 7
2/22

Simulation

Keynote Lecture: Global Leadership
Country Strategy Session
Press Conference
Debrief
Award Ceremony and Celebration

Day 8
2/23

Alumni Day

Explore Beijing's numerous urban parks and lakes
Venture into the old city and enjoy traditional Beijing dishes
Take an architecture tour highlighting Beijing's urban development

Day 9
2/24

Departure

Program Activities 2/16-2/24

  • Lectures by world-class scholars
  • Skill-building workshops
  • Policy and procedure training
  • Panel discussion
  • Press conference
  • Award ceremony
  • Pre-program online training
  • Life-long membership in Knovva’s Alumni Club
  • 3 meals a day during the program
  • 8 nights of 4-star Hotel (Sheraton Hotel or equivalent)
  • 2 days of local exploration and local food experiences

Program Tuition: $2500

SCHOLARSHIPS

___________

Merit-based

Full/Half sponsorship on program tuition

Separate application form, transcript, essays and other supporting documents required

FINANCIAL AID

___________

Need-based

Covers tuition plus travel tickets

Application form and financial supporting documents

OUTSTANDING AWARDS

___________

Performance-based

Total of $100K available to outstanding delegates and teams

Revealed by MG20 Committee at the end of the program

Enrollment Process

1
Registration
9/14: Regular online application opens
TBA: Scholarship online application open
2
Interview
Students book interview slots through the Knovva Calendar
Conversation with our cooperator
3
Decision
Acceptance letter issued
Scholarship decision is made based on availability.
4
Contract and Payment
Digital contract is provided
Online payment
5
Welcome Package
Welcome package with suggested academic readings.
Travel and accommodation arrangements start
6
Pre-Departure Webinar
Information for parents and students to prepare for the trip
1
Registration
Regular online application opens. Scholarship online application open
2
Interview
Students book interview slots through the Knovva Calendar Conversation with our cooperator
3
Decision
Acceptance letter issued Scholarship decision is made based on availability.
4
Contract and Payment
Digital contract is provided Online payment
5
Welcome Package
Welcome package with suggested academic readings. Travel and accommodation arrangements start
6
Pre-Departure Webinar
Information for parents and students to prepare for the trip

FAQ

General:

What subjects/topics are covered?

The topic for 2019 MG20 Beijing Summit is Smart Cities & Global Innovation, which touches on:

  • Industry 4.0
  • Real-time data
  • China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)
  • Urbanization
  • The subtopics covered in the simulations include:
    • Connected and Sustainable Infrastructure
    • Scaling Up Best Practices
    • Global Leadership

Do you have other Summits in the coming year?

Registration:

How is acceptance and scholarship decision made?

Decisions are made based on the following components: academic standing, transcript, essay, and interview performance.

If I apply and get awarded, will I be able to apply for scholarship in another one of your other program also?

Each program may have different scholarship selection criteria, however, you can absolutely apply for scholarship for another new program regardless if you had been awarded scholarship in previous Program(s)  as it will not impact your eligibility.

If I am offered a scholarship am I also eligible for financial aid?

Yes, being offered scholarship does not eliminate your chances of being awarded financial aid as well.

How can I get a refund for my $75 registration fee?

The fee is credited towards your tuition fee if you are enrolled into the Program. 100% of the fee is refunded if you are not selected or if you decide not to attend the Program upon receiving an acceptance letter. The fee is not refunded if you happen to be late for or miss your interview. Students can expect us to start processing their refunds once we send out their acceptance letters.

Will I get my $75 registration fee back if I receive full scholarship or financial aid?

Yes.

I am confused about Enrollment Agreement signing process.

The agreement is powered by DocuSign. The online signing process is quite simple:

  1. Student will need to enter his/her own official name and email address, and their parent’s official name and email address.
  2. Student will review and sign the contract without closing out of his/her window (it takes only a few minutes to sign and this completes the Student’s part)
  3. Parents check their email, open and review the Enrollment Agreement, and sign the counter part. (the entire process would take no more than 10 minutes for the Parent depending on the level of detailed the information about the kids they want to provide)
  4. Enrollment Agreement is now complete!
  5. Both student and parent will receive a copy of the completed agreement by email for their own record.

Travel, Food & Accommodation:

What will I need to travel to China?

You will need:

  1. A valid passport with more than six months of expiration after the end of the Program (February 24, 2019).  You will need a valid passport to apply for a China visa
  2. Tourist visa of China.  For our U.S. students you are welcome to reach out to our recommended U.S. travel agent company, please see below for further details. We will send out official visa invitation letters to accepted students as supportive document to be included in your visa application.

Where can I get more information about the visa?

China visa requirements will vary from country to country. For the most accurate information we recommend that you check with your local Chinese Embassy or a travel agent company. They will be able to advise you on the necessary documents required to apply.

Where will I be staying? What is the surrounding environment of the hotel and the summit venue?

Students will be staying at the Sheraton Grand Beijing Dongcheng Hotel. The Hotel is situated roughly 20 minutes northeast of Beijing’s financial district center.
Additional details can be found here

What are the hotel accommodations like?

Students will be staying in double occupancy rooms with one other student of the same gender.

Travel, Food & Accommodation:

If I reside in the host country or I have friends/relatives that I can stay with in the host country during the duration of the Summit, may I commute to/from the venue?

No, students will need to stay in the venue and progress according to Program Schedule.

Should I bring a charger adapter for my electronics? What type?

In mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, the power supplied to sockets is 220 volts at 50Hz AC. This is pretty similar to what you’ll find in most of Europe and Australia but different than the 110V 60Hz found in the United States and Canada.

There are a variety of plugs found in China, but the 220V 50Hz electrical current stays the same. Below is the most common types of electrical outlets you’ll find in China:

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If you find that you have a device rated for 220V or 240V that won’t fit any of these plugs (which is often the case for travelers from Europe), you’ll want to spring for a simple travel plug converter (not a power converter, which is detailed below). These are usually light and very portable.

When it comes to charging your phone, laptop or camera in China, most modern electronic chargers are rated for both 110V and 220V which means that you won’t have to purchase any particular adapter or power converter.

What is the weather like in Beijing, China during February?

Temperature in Beijing, China around February averages 43 degrees Fahrenheit / 6 degrees Celsius.

How much money should I bring with me?

If you plan on making personal purchases, we recommend that you exchange U.S. dollars (or your country’s currency) for China’s Renminbi currency at your local bank before arriving to China.

We don’t recommend bringing more than RMB $1000 (USD $150 or the equivalent in your country’s currency) as tipping/gratuity is not obligated in China. Majority of tourist attraction locations do accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards (American Express and Discover are less popular). Should you decide to bring a credit card, please don’t forget to inform your bank of possible foreign transactions from China.

Are there additional fees beyond the indicated trip cost?

All costs outlined in the Summit is covered with the exception of personal spending.

How can my parents contact me in China?

A number of sites are restricted in China. Restricted sites include Google, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram. Please refer here for an extended list of blocked sites in China.

You can communicate with your parents through Slack or Wechat while you are in China. Sheraton Hotel provides free Wi-Fi. You can also purchase international roaming pass from your cell phone carrier to ensure a seamless communication.

Safety:

Is it safe to travel to China?

According to a US Today article:
“China, one of the largest and most popular tourist destinations around the world, is, by and large, a very safe and welcoming place to travel around.”

For further information please see below link from:
United State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council – Bureau of Diplomatic Security

Will someone be picking me up and dropping me off from the Airport when I arrive and depart?

Yes, all students will be picked up at PEK airport and shuttle directly to our hotel, The Sheraton. During day of departure students will also be shuttle from The Sheraton back to PEK airport.

Will students be chaperoned?

Yes, all Students will be chaperoned throughout the Program.

Do I need to bring my own medicine?

It is highly recommended that students bring with them their personal medication accompanied with a doctor’s note.  We also recommend bringing cold medicine, eye drops, and any health care products that you are accustomed to in the event that you would need to use them but that they may not be available in China.

Things to caution on:

While in China, one is subject to the same laws as is a Chinese citizen. A U.S. passport does not entitle its bearer to any special privileges. Anyone who breaks the law in China is subject to prosecution under the Chinese legal system. If a person is convicted and sentenced to imprisonment by a Chinese court, this sentence will be served in a Chinese prison.

More info:
usembassy-china.org
chinalawblog.com