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Model ASEM Spin-off Editions 2017

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
2017 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.

Project Updates

  • Model ASEM Switzerland Spin-Off 2017

    Published on 27 Mar 2017

    On the occasion of the inaugural ASEM Day, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) organised the Model ASEM Switzerland Spin-Off 2017 on 1 March 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The youth conference was organised in partnership with the Diplo Foundation, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Model United Nations EPFL and supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF). As the 4th spin-off edition of the Model ASEM series, this project brought together about 60 local and international students from Swiss universities to discuss “A Stronger Partnership for Future Generations”.

    During the 1-day political simulation, students not only advanced their public speaking and negotiation skills, but also enhanced their understanding of the ASEM process and its role in strengthening the political, economic and socio-cultural links between Asia and Europe. The event concluded with a panel discussion, which included Ambassador Michael MATTHIESSEN, Ambassador of the EU to Switzerland and Liechtenstein; Ambassador Linggawaty HAKIM, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Switzerland; Ambassador Karsten WARNECKE, Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF); and Mr Thomas Meier-Nidecker, Deputy Regional Coordinator for Asia, the Pacific and ASEM of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland. The session was moderated by Ms Shada ISLAM from the Friends of Europe Think Tank in Brussels, Belgium.

    The student awarded ‘best negotiator’ during this project was invited to participate in the 8th Model ASEM , which will be held in November 2017 in Naypyidaw, Myanmar. The 8th Model ASEM is a 4-day youth conference and political simulation with visits to local diplomatic missions and offices of international organisations. Organised in conjunction with the 13th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM FMM13) , participants of the 8th Model ASEM will also have the opportunity to meet their respective Foreign Ministers, through a youth intervention on Asia-Europe relations at the ASEM FMM13. For more information on the 8th Model ASEM, please click here .

  • Model ASEM Switzerland Spin-off 2017 is the 4th spin-off edition and will take place on 1 March 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland on the occassion of the "Asia meets Europe Day".

    The event is organised by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with DiploFoundation, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and MUN EPFL. It is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and contributes to the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

    The conference aims to bring together around 60 local and international students from Swiss Universities to discuss the issues and policies on the topic of “A Stronger Partnership for Future Generations”.

    For more information on Model ASEM Switzerland Spin-off 2017, contact the organising team: Katharina Höne ( or Barbara Rosen Jacobson (

    * Participation in this conference is free for delegates from all ASEM Partner Countries.




  • Diplo Foundation
  • École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
  • Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • National Youth Council, Singapore
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