About ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW)

AsTW is a two-week international study program that focuses on ASEAN and East Asian affairs. It is designed for undergraduate university students from around the world. The courses are primarily instructed in English.

AsTW was launched in March 2009 in Thailand. From 2009 to 2011, it was co-organized by Kyushu University (Japan) and Mahidol University (Thailand). Kyushu University worked with Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines) and hosted AsTW in the Philippines from 2012 to 2014. From 2015 to 2017, AsTW was held at Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Vietnam). The AsTW sessions were held at the University of Malaya (Malaysia) from 2018 to 2020. In 2021 and 2022, the program was conducted online due to COVID-19 and was jointly hosted by Kyushu University and Mahidol University. In 2023, it was held on the Salaya Campus of Mahidol University, and in 2024, it will once again be held at Mahidol University.
These six prestigious universities in the ASEAN regions and Japan, namely University of Malaya, Mahidol University, Ateneo de Manila University, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Fukuoka Women’s University, and Kyushu University, have collaborated in the AsTW program with the strong support from the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN University Network (AUN).

ASEAN in Today's World 2024

AsTW2024 will be held at Mahidol University(Thailand).

Message from Secretary-General of ASEAN

ASEAN today continues to realise the vision of its Founding Fathers and the aspirations of its peoples to live in peace, harmony, and prosperity. In this context, we recognize the important role of our youth as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural progress. We strive to instil in them a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship, which is crucial for future ASEAN leaders.

In line with this, programmes such as ‘ASEAN in Today’s World’ are welcomed in strengthening ASEAN awareness among the peoples of the region, as well as in promoting a culture of peace and mutual understanding. To this end, I commend the ‘ASEAN in Today’s World’ initiative for enabling the region’s young people to get to know each other better while developing the knowledge and life skills they need to successfully navigate today’s world and the future.

The ASEAN Secretariat remains committed in promoting positive initiatives such as this, with a view towards increasing people-to-people interactions and mobility within and outside the ASEAN region.

Secretary –General of ASEAN

Structure of AsTW:

The AsTW curriculum consists of Multiculturalism Course and Social innovator Incubation Course, supplemented by co-curricular Study Trips, providing students with an enriched and unique learning opportunities.
The Multiculturalism course gives AsTW its distinction as a rigorous introduction to selected ASEAN issues that increasingly affect global and regional “ASEAN+3” relations.
Students will broaden their knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of ASEAN and “ASEAN+3” cooperation through the AS courses. A valuable part of the program is the opportunity to approach ASEAN and East Asia topics from different perspectives.
A series of cultural study trips is another attractive part of the program. Each excursion is intended to provide students with the opportunity to increase their awareness and enhance their appreciation of the history, culture, and social life of the country where AsTW is held.
To complete the AsTW program, students must enroll in both courses for credit and participate in all essential events. Students who meet all AsTW requirements will be awarded a certificate issued jointly by Kyushu University and the co-hosting university.

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