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10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) Conference

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07 - 11 November 2011 Education Department ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet) Education

Dundalk, Co. Louth (Ireland)



The Asia-Europe Classroom Network Conference serves as a platform to gather secondary and high school educators in Asia and Europe to work on a common project (AEC Project) involving the schools, educators and students. By collaborating closely and pooling their resources, they will get to learn more about one another and about their views and perspectives on a broad spectrum of issues. These AEC projects enable the students involved to acquire new tools of learning and establish friendships with their counterparts in the other region. It also encourages better cultural understanding through these collaborations.

Launched in 1998, the Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) is a programme connecting secondary and high schools in ASEM countries.  It is a cyber-classroom shared by students and educators to build stronger bi-regional networks and partnerships through the use of Info-Communication Technology (ICT) for better understanding and intercultural dialogues.

The tenth edition of the conference took place from 7 - 11 November 2011 in collaboration with the County Louth Vocational Education Committee, and supported by the Department of Education and Skills.  The theme for the conference this year was “Apps in Asian and European Classrooms! Unleashing Educational Creativity”.  The conference aims to provide educators from Asia and Europe with hands-on experience of using emerging technologies to enhance and foster creativity in education.

The conference was attended by 113 attendees (including 6 student representatives) from 33 ASEM* countries.  A total of 39 AEC Projects were submitted this time which will be implemented by the teachers and students in Asia and Europe right after the conference.



*Austria, Bulgaria, China, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam


  • County Louth Vocational Education Committee


  • Department of Education and Skills
  • National Tourism Development Authority
Funded by the European Union

Project Updates

  • On becoming global citizens

    Published on 30 Nov 2011

    "There is no better way to help our students become global citizens than by giving them the chance to learn and work alongside other children from around the world," said Mr Ruarí Quinn TD, Irish Minister for Education and Skills. He made this remark at the welcome dinner of the 10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) Conference in Dundalk, Ireland (7-11 November 2011).

    Over 100 teachers and students from Asia and Europe participated in this conference. They shared many creative ideas on how they have been using innovative information and communication technologies (ICT) in their classrooms.

    The Flora and Fauna Conservation project is one such idea. It was one of the recipients of this year’s AEC Gold Awards. It was coordinated by Ms Felicia Tay from the Pioneer Secondary School, Singapore. The project used the power of internet as students exchanged online information on endangered or extinct flora and fauna species in different countries. Such information exchange raised awareness on various conservation actions from Asia and Europe to save the species.

    Other winners for this year’s AEC Gold Awards include Home Seek, by Ms Er Kia Hui from the Millennia Institute in Singapore; and Red listed and Endangered species Database (R.E.D), by Mr Niclas Törnbladh from the John Bauer Upper Secondary School in Sweden.

    At the closing ceremony of the conference, Mr Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament said: “We live in an age of hyper-connectivity”. And in this highly-connected world, encouraging creative ICT projects for education has been a priority for the AEC-NET since 1998. At present, AEC-NET engages more than 1,100 members in 846 schools across 43 countries in Asia and Europe.

  • The application for the 10th AEC-NET Conference is now close.  Due to the number of applications we received, we regret that only shortlisted applicants will be notified.  For more information about the AEC-NET, please visit here.

  • Calling all secondary/high school educators interested in emerging technologies and creativity in the classroom! ASEF is now accepting applications for the 10th Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET) Conference to be held on 7-11 November 2011 in Ireland.

    Call for applications will close on 15 September 2011. If you are interested to participate, please submit your application here. More information about the conference is available at AEC-NET website.

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