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8th Model ASEM

In conjunction with the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13)

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15-20 November 2017 Education Department Model ASEM Education

Yangon & Naypyidaw, Myanmar

Unleash the Negotiator in you
Be an ASEM Young Diplomat



Model ASEM is the ASEM youth's first-hand introduction to the exciting world of diplomacy, negotiation and international relations. Being a simulation of the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM), at the Model ASEM participants have the chance to step into the shoes of ASEM Foreign Ministers and along with other students, debate and exchange perspectives on current political and bi-regional issues.

The Model ASEM series organised by ASEF is unique as it takes place in conjunction with official ASEM FMMs and hence provides participants with a golden opportunity to personally interact with ASEM Foreign Minister and government officials.



Opportunity to interact with ASEM Foreign Ministers and Officials
Participants had the rare chance to meet and interact with ASEM Foreign Ministers and Delegation members as well as with representatives of ASEM Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations.

Diplomacy skills-training
Our renowned think-tank partners and experienced alumni trained participants to master the skills of public speaking, negotiation, team-work, problem solving, policy, advocacy and consensus-building.

Contribute to the ASEM Process
The outcomes of the 8th Model ASEM contributed to the ASEM process and highlighted the important role youth plays in the political dialogue between Asia and Europe.


15-20 November 2017
in conjunction with the 13th ASEM
Foreign Ministers’ Meeting

Yangon & Naypyidaw

There was no registration or
participation fees for the selected participants.

Accommodation, meals and travel subsidy were provided.


In Partnership with

Ministry of Education, Myanmar

Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA)



Supported by

Japanese flag

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Logo

  AEGEE Europe


International Association of Political Science Students (IAPSS)

  Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

 European Students' Union (ESU)

Project Updates

  • Over 150 students from Asia and Europe gathered in Yangon & Naypyidaw, Myanmar from 15-20 November 2017 for the 8th Model ASEM, which was held in conjunction with the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13). At the 8th Model ASEM, a political simulation of the actual ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM), students got the opportunity to experience Asia-Europe diplomacy through role-play exercises and practical trainings, as well as meetings with the ASEM Leaders.

    The conference began in Yangon where students visited the diplomatic missions of Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and Viet Nam, meeting with respective Ambassadors and staff, following which they travelled to Naypyidaw for the main segment of the conference. Abiding by the procedures of the ASEM FMM13, participants of the 8th Model ASEM negotiated a Chair's Statement through role play and debates in plenary sessions and specific Thematic Working Groups. The Chair's Statement was handed over to the Union Minister of Education of Myanmar HE Dr Myo Thein Gyi. The 6 Thematic Working Groups were: Innovation & ICT as Catalysts of ASEM Connectivity; Education, Skills Training & ASEM Youth; Joint Efforts in Combatting Terrorism; Challenges and Opportunities of Migration; Ending all Forms of Poverty; and Renewable Energy and Climate Change. 4 students participated in the Opening Ceremony of the ASEM FMM13 to address the Foreign Ministers of the 53 ASEM Partners on the Youth's views on ASEM's future direction. The Youth Intervention will pave the way for a closer leadership exchange between the youth and political leaders within ASEM. The conference also facilitated direct interactions between student delegates and their respective Foreign Ministers and/or Senior Officials, with the support of several Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

    The 8th Model ASEM was held in partnership with the Ministry of Education of Myanmar, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and DiploFoundation. Supporters included the Government of Japan, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), the European Students Union (ESU) and the European Students' Forum (AEGEE-Europe).

  • Dr Khine MYE, Director General of the Department of Alternative Education of the Ministry of Education of Myanmar speaks to ASEF about his views on youth engagement in promoting Asia-Europe exchanges.

    How does a project like the 8th Model ASEM contribute to bringing Asian and European students closer together, and how do local Myanmar students benefit from participating in the project?

    Undeniably, the 8th Model ASEM brings Asian and European students closer together. The project is therefore a great opportunity for Myanmar and other youth to gain new friends and to get first-hand exposure to and exchange opinions with students from geographically, academically and culturally different backgrounds. At the 8th Model ASEM students will participate in in-depth political, economic and socio-cultural dialogues about Asia and Europe. All these activities foster understanding for future Asia–Europe collaborations and the ASEM Process. The Ministry of Education of Myanmar ultimately hopes to engage the youth of Myanmar in the ASEM Process so that these can together with peers from all the 51 ASEM Partner countries share their experiences and propose their visions for fruitful and long-lasting ASEM collaborations.


    The 8th Model ASEM is based on a “learning by doing” approach – e.g. through independent research, practical training and face-to-face encounters. How important does the MOE consider similar such extra-curricular activities to be, considering students’ required skills for future employment?


    It is definitely true that the “learning by doing” approach can offer abundant and valuable experiences to youth. Undoubtedly, the Ministry of Education of Myanmar is deeply convinced of the importance of extra-curricular activities such as independent research, practical training and face-to-face encounters. Through the 8th Model ASEM’s Online Preparatory Phase and conference, the participating students can train all these skills, while at the same time discuss political, economic as well as social, cultural and educational issues. Youth representing the various national races and ethnical groups across ASEM societies are the future leaders of our continents. Following the “learning by doing” approach they will actively develop, among others, their public speaking, negotiation, team work, problem solving, policy advocacy and consensus-building skills at the project.


    The theme of the 8th Model ASEM and the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM13) is “Strengthening Partnership for Peace and Sustainable Development”. What type of collaborations that could support achieving this goal of a stronger, peaceful and sustainable ASEM, between governments and between people, does the MOE foresee?


    The theme of the 8th Model ASEM and the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting is of outmost importance to Myanmar. Collaborations between youth from different backgrounds will definitely improve understanding and create joint visions among youth. Myanmar is today on the right track towards democratic goals as per the guidance of State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. According to Myanmar’s Foreign Policy, the Government and people follow five principles of peaceful coexistence, namely: Mutual Respect, Non-aggression, Non-interference, Equality and Cooperation, and Peaceful Co-existence. The Government is therefore trying to support reconciliation after the conflicts in the country. The Government emphasizes also strong friendships within Asian regions and with European countries. Moreover, the Government is trying to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. In other words, the Government and its people hope to support and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). To effectively achieve the SDGs, strengthening global partnership is vital for ASEM countries. The Ministry of Education foresees therefore that all ASEM Partners will share their experiences and visions and extend their hands to the youth of Myanmar and ASEM through mutual respect and strong partnership.

  • Call for Applications: 8th Model ASEM

    Published on 11 Aug 2017

    Are you ready to discover your diplomatic vein and fine-tune your skills for negotiation, consensus-building and public speaking?

    Apply for the 8th Model ASEM and engage with 150 participants from all 51 ASEM partner countries in a simulation exercise of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Process.

    The 8th Model ASEM is a 4-day youth Conference that will be held in conjunction with the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (ASEM FMM13) on 15-20 November 2017 in Yangon and Naypyidaw, Myanmar. Participants have the opportunity to enhance their diplomatic skills while role-playing an ASEM Foreign Minister. The past editions of Model ASEM have brought together hundreds of students, members of ASEM delegations and ministries as well as ASEM academic experts.

    Who can apply?
    18-30 year old students from ASEM Partner countries

    Why should you apply?

    • Develop negotiation, diplomacy and consensus-building skills
    • Role-play as a Foreign Minister of an ASEM Partner, discussing political, economic and socio-cultural issues
    • Get the opportunity to interact with ASEM Foreign Ministers and Officials
    • Enhance your understanding of Asia-Europe collaboration and the ASEM process
    • Visit diplomatic missions of other ASEM countries located in Myanmar to gain an in-depth knowledge about the functions of an Embassy or Consulate

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

    Join us at #ModelASEM8 and unleash the negotiator in you!

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