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23rd ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU23)

ASEM Cities of the Future: Developing Liveable Habitats

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
2021 Freya CHOW-PAUL Education Department ASEF Summer University Education

South Asia

A unique experience for youth to propose solutions to challenges in the development of sustainable and liveable ASEM cities



The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for Asian and European students & young professionals. Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth, it will offer you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, deepen your knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges.

ASEFSU23 will be conducted under the theme "ASEM Cities of the Future: Developing Liveable Habitats" and it consists of a mix of practical team exercises, thought-provoking lectures, group research and experiential learning. As a participant you will be given the opportunity to learn and share your knowledge on the development of sustainable and liveable ASEM cities through a local “Innovathon” and Challenge Hub.

ASEFSU23 will focus on the following 3 core areas:

  1. Governance
  2. Infrastructure & Technology
  3. Human Development

Consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the ASEFSU23 Challenge Teams will tackle real obstacles to urbanisation in a practical and engaging way. These challenges have been identified in cooperation with local Challenge Partners and the proposed solutions presented by you and your team mates will be put to test and made available for the benefit of all ASEM societies.



The ASEFSU23 will consist of 3 phases:

Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (8 weeks)
In this phase, you will actively take part in an online preparatory phase to familiarise with the topics of the project. As part of it you will work on individual and group assignments, as well as attend online webinars on topics ranging from Urbanisation & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to International Relations & ASEM.

Phase 2: "Interdisciplinary Innovathon" in South Asia (2 weeks)
The programme will offer you trainings, workshops, lectures and study visits to develop your understanding of the themes covered by the project. As part of the programme you will also go from theory to practice as you will be given the opportunity to co-develop and test solutions to urbanisation, migration and youth employment challenges faced by local authorities, businesses and civil society organisations in the region.

Phase 3: Online Post-project Phase and Spin-off activities (4 weeks)
All prototypes developed on site – analogue and digital – will be analysed and tested after the project by relevant stakeholders and communities engaged. In addition, the project’s best-performing participants will be invited to present the outcomes at high-level ASEM Ministerial Meetings and other events.





South Asia


No registration or participation fee. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals.


ASEFSU23 is accessible to all ASEM youth.

The organisers do not discriminate any applicant or participant on the basis of his or her race, national origin (ancestry), colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion (creed), marital status, or age.




More details to be announced at the end of 2020.

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