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Established within the framework of the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS), the ASEMUS online platform has been designed to reinforce the exchange of knowledge and information between museum professionals across Asia and Europe, as well as enhance the visibility of the network among wider audiences.

Since its re-launch on the online portal, the site has enhanced the profiling of individual museum members, as well as their joint projects and activities. In 2012, its online traffic has accounted for circa 34,000 unique visitors, and reached close to 80,000 page views.  The ASEMUS monthly newsletter was sent to more than 1,800 recipients.

If you wish to receive news and updates about museums in Asia and Europe, please subscribe to the ASEMUS newsletter. If you wish to share your museum experience and knowledge with like-minded people, please join our Community of Museum Professionals on You can check museum profiles and featured museum professionals or recommend a museum in your country.

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  • ASEMUS Newsletter | May 2015

    Published on 26 May 2015

    This new issue of our newsletter collects a set of recent developments, opportunities and resources
    which we hope will be relevant and useful to anyone with an interest in museums and in collaboration between Asia and Europe.

    Several courses and conferences on museum education, museum management and other related issues will be taking place in the next few months, some of which provide financial support and other opportunities for participation. We also report on some new publications and toolkits in the fields of museum values and sustainable tourism.

    As you know, through the Educational Exchange and Outreach Programme, ASEMUS has over the years enabled museum educators in Asia and Europe to meet and carry out projects together. One of the latest experiences involved professionals from Finland and Viet Nam: we invite you to read about their experience in this latest newsletter.

    ASEMUS members are also active in presenting high-quality exhibitions. In this issue, you can read about an exhibition of Chinese art in Poland, as well as new galleries of Japanese art in Greece. You
    will also find an update about the 'Curating Batik' project, which brings together curators from Austria, the Czech Republic, Indonesia and Switzerland.

    We invite you to keep regularly updated of these initiatives by visiting our website, as well as our Facebook profile. The ASEMUS website allows quick access to our list of members, which continues to grow. You are also encouraged to inform us of any relevant news that could be useful to other members of the ASEMUS community.

  • ASEMUS Newsletter | Feb 2015

    Published on 24 Feb 2015

    This new issue of our newsletter presents a range of activities related to ASEMUS, its members and other issues of interest to museum management and museum cooperation in Asia and Europe.
    Among them is an introduction to one of this year’s museum staff exchange projects, which will bring together professionals from China and Latvia. We are also pleased to introduce a set of mobility funding guides for 49 countries in Asia and Europe, jointly developed by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and On The Move. In addition, a project on batik involving two ASEMUS member museums has been supported under ASEF’s Creative Networks programme.
    We are always pleased to introduce new ASEMUS members. On this newsletter you will find a profile of the Philippines’ Museo Negrense de La Salle. You are also invited to visit our website to see other museum profiles.
    In a recent interview, ASEMUS Vice-Chair Alan Chong discusses the importance of museum networking and introduces the activities planned by the Asian Civilisations Museum on the occasion of the Singapore’s 50th anniversary, taking place in 2015.
    Finally, this newsletter collects information on several recent publications, ongoing exhibitions and forthcoming conferences.

  • ASEMUS Newsletter | December 2014

    Published on 16 Dec 2014

    This final newsletter of 2014 presents several of ASEMUS recent and current activities.
    You can read a summary of Exploring Borders, the 6th ASEMUS General Conference, which took place in Vienna last September. On that occasion,Fionnuala Croke, the Director of the Chester Beatty Library, took over as the new ASEMUS Chair. In a video interview, she outlines her vision for the network, as well as ASEMUS value added to its member museums.Other video interviews are also available on our website.
    The first of the two museum staff exchanges which will take place in 2015 has recently been announced. You will also find further details below andon our website.
    We are also happy to report on recent museum developments within our network. ASEMUS has recently welcomed its first member museum in Bangladesh, the Chittagong University Museum. On the other hand, we recently interviewed Stijn Schoonderwoerd, General Director of the Netherlands’ new National Museum of Worldcultures, who tells us about this new institution.
    In addition, you will find below information about several conferences, exhibitions and publications which could be of interest to you.

  • ASEMUS Newsletter I September 2014

    Published on 21 Sep 2014

    Later this week, ASEMUS members along with other friends and colleagues will meet at the Weltmuseum in Vienna, for the ASEMUS General Conference. Under the theme Exploring Borders, the conference will address museum work which very often involves being confronted by ‘borders’ of various sorts – be it boundaries of the national or disciplinary kind. 

    Within the Conference programme, the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will support a panel titled: The Post-colonial Museum: Visions and Trends from Asia and Europe. The panel will address questions such as what does a ‘postcolonial museum’ look like in the contemporary digital age and how are museums transforming from merely being physical places to cultural spaces, which enable participation, production, innovation, inclusivity. 

    We invite you to download the final programme and brochure of the Conference and follow#ExploringBorders on ASEMUS Facebook and Twitter for updates. 

    Also this month, we are pleased to showcase the recently-redesigned website of the Visual Collection of Asian Masterpieces which presents a new masterpiece each day.

    Finally, we invite you to read about some recent publications, including a report on private museums in Poland and a comparative study involving museums in Indonesia and the Netherlands.


  • ASEMUS Newsletter I July 2014

    Published on 17 Jul 2014

    Excitement is building as the 6th Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) General Conference draws near.  The conference will be held at Weltmuseum Wien (World Museum Vienna), Austria, from 24 to 27 September 2014.  Details on how you can take part are available on the conference website as well as on the ASEMUS website
    We are also pleased to announce that an additional 14 new members have joined ASEMUS since January this year.  Many of these new members have joined thanks to your active efforts to recruit colleagues and associates from museums which you are working and collaborating with. We thank you for all of your help and support in expanding the Network's reach.
    Finally, we would like to welcome our new web and social media editor, Jordi Baltà.  Jordi comes to us with a wealth of experience in cultural policy, cultural management and international affairs and we are very fortunate to have him aboard. ASEMUS member museums and other interested organisations and professionals are invited to contact him at jordi.balta [at] with relevant information for the network.

  • The ASEMUS Exchange of Museum Educators Grant Programme enhances professional development of museum educators in Asia and Europe and strengthens connections and cultural understanding between the two regions.

    Watch video, Jenny Siung, Head of Education at the Chester Beatty Library (Dublin, Ireland), introduces the Programme and the opportunities it provides to museum educators. Staff from ASEMUS member museums can take advantage of this scheme to observe the everyday practices of their peers abroad, as well as to exchange, share practices and devise new joint projects.

    See more at ASEMUS website

  • Steven ENGELSMAN has been recently appointed as the Director of the Weltmuseum Wien in Vienna, Austria. On this occasion he was interviewed and featured on the Asia-Europe Museum Network (ASEMUS) website.

    In this two-minute video interview Mr ENGELSMAN explains the reason behind the re-branding of the 200-year old museum, which was formerly known as the Museum of Ethnology.

    "The most important aspect in the re-branding is that ethnology is a term that we no longer want to use (...) The whole mind set of ethnology is out of date (...) This museum will be a museum where the world meets Vienna and Vienna meets the world (...) and it will celebrate cultural diversity by all means possible."

    Weltmuseum Wien museum is a member of ASEMUS and will host the 6th ASEMUS General Conference in 2014.

  • ASEMUS Newsletter | July 2013

    Published on 26 Jul 2013

    In July 2013, the ASEMUS newsletter announces the re-branded Virtual Collection of Asian Masterpieces website. With new features for mobile users, the platform now hosts 2,200 masterpieces from over 120 museums in Asia and Europe.

    New funding was secured by the Oriental Art Museum in Durham, United Kingdom, for its South Asian and Himalayan collections. This initiative aims to encourage community engagement through public programmes.

    Also in the area of community engagement, the number of visits at Singapore museums has been experiencing a rise with the abolishment of entrance fees for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. 

    In Vienna, Austria, one of the founding members of ASEMUS, Steven Engelsman, has taken up the position of Director of the Weltmuseum Wien. Steven was previously Director of the National Ethnology Museum in Leiden, The Netherlands. He shares his thoughts about his new role in this video interview.

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  • ASEMUS Newsletter | April 2013

    Published on 01 Apr 2013

    Several exciting new developments to read about in this month’s newsletter. A major exhibition on ThePhilippines archipelago opened in April 2013 at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris. It is the result of a collaboration between several ASEMUS member museums in both Paris and Manila.  Also, an exhibition showcasing works from the Peranakan Museum in Singapore opened in March 2013 at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul

    In addition, the Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, Thailand, has announced the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Museums Field School 2013: Mapping Intangible Culture in Surin Province to be held on 6-18 August 2013.  This field school is an opportunity for museum operators and heritage practitioners in the ASEAN region to learn and practice key skills in studying and mapping intangible cultural heritage. 

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