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Model ASEM Spin-off Editions 2017

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
2017 Oscar BOIJE Education Department Model ASEM Education

Lausanne, Switzerland

Model ASEM spin-off editions aim at capturing the enthusiasm of students to engage in political simulations at a broader level. The Model ASEM spin-off editions are self-organised by students and institutions who aspire to build platforms for young people to exchange perspectives on Asia-Europe collaborations, promote the ASEM process and build long-term relations between the young people of the two continents.

Model ASEM is a simulation of the actual high-level Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit when the political leaders of the 53 ASEM partners convene. It provides a platform for vibrant political debate and negotiation where students have the possibility to experience first-hand Asia-Europe diplomacy. Each participant will be part of an ASEM Delegation and join role-play exercises and practical trainings to enhance her/his diplomacy, consensus-building and public-speaking skills.

The overall objectives of the Model ASEM spin-offs are to:

  • Link students with ASEM Leaders on a national level
  • Facilitate capacity-building and fine-tuning of skills in the fields of negotiation, diplomacy and consensus-building
  • Enhance the understanding of Asia-Europe collaboration and the ASEM process
  • Develop a consensus-based Model ASEM Chair’s Statement

The project includes 2 parts:

Phase 1: Preparatory phase 
Participants will partake in pre-event research as a groundwork for Model ASEM spin-off edition preparations

Phase 2: Conference
The participants will partake in Plenary Sessions and Working Groups with a focus on 3 ASEM pillars, namely economic, political and socio-cultural issues. The conference may also entail visits to Diplomatic Missions of other ASEM countries located in the host country to gain in-depth knowledge about the functions of an Embassy, Consulate or High Commission.

For more information on each spin-off acitivity, check the project updates below and on the right.


  • ASEF University Alumni Network (ASEFUAN)
  • Diplo Foundation
  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland