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21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21)

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
1-16 July 2017 Oscar BOIJE Education Department ASEF Summer University Education
Economy & Society

Canberra (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand)

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The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) is a 2-week intensive learning experience for 51 Asian and European students and young professional to explore topics related to the rights of youth with disabilities, access to education and inclusive ASEM societies.


ASEFSU21 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. Self-Development

With members diverse in background and experiences, the ASEFSU21 Challenge Teams will in a practical and engaging way tackle 8 real challenges faced by youth with disabilities. These challenges are identified in cooperation with local and international Challenge Hosts 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 2 phases:


Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (ca. 6 weeks)

Through independent research, online lectures and team work, the participants of the ASEFSU21 will explore and debate topics related to the rights of youth with disabilities, inclusive education and universal web accessibility. The participants will also be introduced to their Challenge Teams and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to propose innovative and daring solutions to the 8 ASEFSU21 Challenges.


Phase 2: Experiential learning phase 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 creation 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.


When? 15 May – 26 June (Online Preparatory phase) and 1-16 July 2017 (On-site phase)

Where? Canberra (Australia) and Wellington (New Zealand)

For whom? 18-30 year old students and young professionals from ASEM countries

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

Costs? There is no registration or participation fee. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidies, accommodation and meals


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


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