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21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21)

The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for Asian and European students and young professionals. Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth, it offers opportunities for students and young professionals to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges.

ASEFSU21 will be conducted under the theme “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies” and it consists of a mix of practical team exercises, thought-provoking lectures, group research and experiential learning. Participants will develop a strong understanding for the issues faced by youth with disabilities and become active ambassadors for open and inclusive ASEM societies.

ASEF and its partners follow the principle of equality, non-discrimination and equal opportunity and look for a good mixture of participants. All applicants will be screened fairly regardless of belief, disability, marital status, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.

The ASEFSU21 will cover 8 thematic areas:

  • Mobility
  • Rights Protection and Legislation
  • Economic Security and Employment
  • Inclusive Education
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Participation in Society
  • Access to Information
  • Attitudes and Perceptions

Consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the ASEFSU21 Challenge Teams will tackle 8 real challenges faced by youth with disabilities in a practical and engaging way. These challenges are identified in cooperation with local and international Challenge Partners and the proposed solutions will be put to test and made available for the benefit of youth with disabilities globally.

The ASEFSU21 will consist of 3 phases:

Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (ca. 6 weeks). In the Online Preparatory phase participants will actively take part in a MOOC-like experience, including webinars and online crash courses to familiarise with the topics of the project. Participants will also be assigned individual and group exercises which require a commitment of 2–3 hours per week.

Phase 2: “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” in Australia and New Zealand (ca. 2 weeks). The on-site phase will be filled with active training sessions, quality lectures and exciting study visits where the participants will discover and deepen their knowledge on the shaping of inclusive ASEM societies. The Challenge Teams will also present their innovative solutions on the 8 respective ASEFSU21 Challenges assigned to them as well as schedule meetings with representatives of government, academia, the private sector and civil society to present their outcomes.

Phase 3: Spin-off activities and launching prototypes. All prototypes developed on site – analogue and digital – will be analysed and tested after the project by the relevant stakeholders and communities engaged in ASEFSU21.

Dates: 27 January – 10 February 2018 (2 weeks)

Place: Melbourne (Australia) & Christchurch (New Zealand)

Costs: No registration or participation fee. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals.

Eligibility criteria: The applicant must conform to the following criteria:

  • Citizen of any of the 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries
  • Students, entrepreneurs, academics and professionals – all between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Strong command of English (verbal and written)
  • Individuals with & without disabilities (open for all to apply)

The ASEFSU21 is an accessible project and efforts will be made to accommodate all individuals.

Phone No.: +65-6874-9700
Website: ASEF

Due Date: 10 December 2017