15th ASEF University (AU15)

Formerly known as the ASEF Summer School, the ASEF University (AU) is a two-week programme that aims to promote cross-cultural exchanges among youth from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries. AU offers opportunities for promising students and young professionals to explore socio-economic issues through presentations, workshops, field visits and other highly interactive activities. AU is organised annually at locations alternating between Asia and Europe.

In co-operation with Woosuk University, ASEF organised the 15th ASEF University (AU15) from 29 June to 11 July 2009 in Wanju, Jeonbuk Province, Korea.
AU15 aimed to:
  • Stimulate decisive dialogue among students and young scholars from Asia and Europe on a broad range of issues, with the scope of building an intercultural community for the future;
  • Inspire young scholars to look beyond the scope of their own discipline and become acquainted with a larger view illustrated by cases from both Asia and Europe;
  • Encourage an appreciation of the history, culture, economics, politics of Asia and Europe and of the current co-operation between the two regions, by an interactive learning in which every new knowledge would be put in common and discussed with the plural and different opinions of the participants;
  • Enhance and foster the debating skills and the critical sense of the participants through discussion and intellectual challenges;
  • Foster the establishment of linkages and a strong and sustainable network among top university students from Asia and Europe, who have the potential to become the next leaders of the two regions.
Programme Format and Output
The programme of AU15 addressed a pertinent theme related to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) agenda: “Migration and Multi-Cultural Societies: Opportunities and Challenges”. Different methods were employed, including lectures at plenary sessions, working group discussions facilitated by a moderator, case studies and panel discussions.

The academic programme aimed to give participants a better understanding of the theme in Asia and Europe. Lectures at AU15 were given by highly regarded academics and experts from universities, research institutes, governments and international organisations from both regions.

To complement the academic programme, AU15 also offered outdoor programmes that enabled participants to experience the socioeconomic and cultural aspects of the host country. In this regard, the programme involved visits to local historic or cultural sites. The full overview of the programme and the session summaries can found in Programme Overview & Summary of Sessions page respectively.

On the last day of AU15, participants developed a set of policy recommendations on migration and multicultural societies, which can be found here.