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The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU)* is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for students and young professionals. Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth from ASEM countries, it offers opportunities for students and young professionals to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge on contemporary issues and propose concrete solutions to pressing societal challenges. These solutions range from design mock-ups of architectural solutions to technological innovations, policy and strategy briefs to practical project proposals, promotional videos to communication plans, and more. The outcomes of the ASEFSU project are presented at high-level ASEM meetings and thematic conferences as input to the deliberations of policy makers and for possible implementation by practitioners.


ASEFSU takes place on an annual basis, each year tackling a different theme of socio-political concern within Asia and Europe. ASEFSU makes a positive impact within ASEM societies as it offers tangible results and daring proposals for innovation, and promotes sustainable development.


Key characteristics of ASEFSU:




The ASEFSU is built on 3 programme elements:


1) Online Preparatory Phase

Participants attend online webinars on the project’s topic and ranging from international relations & ASEM to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and education. These support the participants’ preparations and build their thematic expertise for the on-site programme.


2) On-Site Programme

The 1st week offers trainings, workshops, lectures and study visits to develop the participants’ understanding of the themes covered by the respective ASEFSU project edition. During the 2nd week the participants join an Interdisciplinary Innovathon where they co-develop and test solutions to urgent challenges faced by ASEM societies and stakeholders


3) Spin-off activities and launching prototypes

All ASEFSU proposed prototypes developed during the project – analogue or digital – are analysed and tested by the stakeholders and communities engaged.





22nd ASEF Summer University

"Sustainable Tourism: Youth Driving Green Growth"

Algebra University College (Zagreb, Croatia), Edward Bernays University College (Zagreb, Croatia), Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Poreč (Poreč, Croatia), University of Ljubljana – Faculty of Economics (Ljubljana, Slovenia), University of Primorska – Faculty of Tourism Studies (Portorož, Slovenia)

Croatia & Slovenia

12 - 23 September 2018


21st ASEF Summer University

"Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies"

Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) & Canterbury Univeristy (Christchurch, New Zealand)

27 Jan - 10 Feb 2018


20th ASEF Summer University

”Gateways of Asia and Europe: Connectivity by Land, Sea & Air”

Beijing Jiaotong University & Harbin Institute of Technology (China), Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service & Transbaikal State University & Irkutsk State University (Russian Federation), Mongolian Youth Federation (Mongolia)

15 Aug-3 Sep 2016


19th ASEF Summer University

”Sustainable Urbanisation in Heritage Cities”

Symbiosis International University (India)

9-21 Aug 2015


18th ASEF University

”Conscious Consumers for Environmental Sustainability”

University of Tartu, Estonian School Student Councils’ Union (Estonia)

18 Aug-1 Sep 2012


17th ASEF University

”Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities”

Universiti Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)

20 Jun-1 Jul 2011


16th ASEF University

”Public Health and Vulnerable Groups: Access to Quality Health Care Services”

The Medical University of Łódź (Poland)

29 Jun-10 Jul 2010


15th ASEF University

”Migration and Multi-Cultural Societies: Opportunities and Challenges”

Woosuk University (Korea)

29 Jun-10 Jul 2009


14th ASEF University

”ASEF@10: ASEF University, ASEFUAN and Beyond”

Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain)

31 Aug-7 Sep 2007


13th ASEF University

”Cross-Cultural Perspectives on the International Legal Order in the 21st Century”

International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden University (the Netherlands)

2-14 July 2006


12th ASEF University

”Asia-Europe Co-operation on the Environment: Towards Sustainable Forest Management”

Universiti Brunei Darussalam (Brunei Darussalam)

9-22 Jul 2005


11th ASEF University

”Liberty, Security and the New Global Order”

Institute d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) (France)

12-26 Feb 2005


10th ASEF University

"Enlarging European Union and Asia”

Keio University (Japan)

22 May-5 June 2004


9th ASEF University

”Asia-Europe Economic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges for Enterprises in a Changing Global Environment”

Ateneo de ManilaUniversity, John Gokongwei School of Management (Philippines)

1-14 Feb 2004


8th ASEF University

”The Future of International Order: Unilateralism or Multilateralism?”

University of Warwick (United Kingdom)

7-21 Sep 2003


7th ASEF University

”Regionalism in Asia and Europe and Implications for Asia-Europe Relations”

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Fundació CIDOB, Casa Asia (Spain)

10-24 Nov 2002


6th ASEF University

”Asia and Europe: Towards Greater Inter-Cultural Exchanges”

Chulalongkorn University (Thailand)

27 Jul-11 Aug 2002


5th ASEF University

”Integration and Disintegration of the Modern World? Experiences in Europe and Asia”

Fundação Oriente, Universidade Aberta (Portugal)

22 Jul-4 Aug 2001


4th ASEF University

”Social Changes in Asia and Europe in the Age of Globalisation”

National University of Singapore (Singapore)

14-27 Jan 2001


3rd ASEF University

”Asia and Europe: Regional Co-operation in a Globalising World”

Lund University (Sweden)

6-19 Aug 2000


2nd ASEF University

”Asia and Europe: Towards a Better Mutual Understanding”

Beijing University (China)

22 Aug-5 Sep 1999


1st ASEF University

“Asia, Europe and the Challenges of Globalisation”

German Society for Foreign Policy (Germany)

12-24 Jul 1998



*Formerly known as ASEF University.

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