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21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21)

Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
27 January - 10 February 2018 Oscar BOIJE Education Department ASEF Summer University Education

Melbourne (Australia) & Christchurch (New Zealand)

Join us Down-Under!


Challenge yourself in shaping inclusive societies at the ASEFSU21
in Australia and New Zealand





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.


The ASEFSU21 will cover 8 thematic areas: 

    1. Mobility
    2. Rights Protection and Legislation
    3. Economic Security and Employment
    4. Inclusive Education
    5. Health and Well-Being
    6. Participation in Society
    7. Access to Information
    8. 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. 2 weeks)

In this phase you will actively take part in an online preparatory phase to familiarise with the topics of the project. This phase will kick-start your preparations for the upcoming on-site phase and will require a couple of hours of work 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: 4-week Online Post-project Phase and Spin-off activities

All prototypes developed on site – analogue and digital – will be analysed and tested after the project by the relevant stakeholders and communities engaged. The participants play a crucial role in following-up on the initiatives and dissemination information about the lessons learned at the ASEFSU21. In addition, selected participants will be invited to present the outcomes of the ASEFSU21 at highlevel ASEM ministerial meetings and other events.


27 January - 10 February 2018 (2 weeks)


Melbourne (Australia) & Christchurch (New Zealand)


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

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

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For inspiration, click here to glance through the outcomes of the 20th ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU20).


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