ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

Description of the Initiative

ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme approved in 2000 from ASEM III Summit and commenced in 2001. 

The programme entered the fourth phase (2016- 2020) as approved in the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan, 2014. This programme promotes balanced exchange of Asia and Europe through paired (one-to-one) exchange of higher education students and academics. More than 3,200 students and academics have been supported by this fellowship programme.

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Participating Countries

The programmes are currently implemented by six contributing members: Belgium/Flanders, Belgium/Wallonia, Korea, Singapore, Sweden and Thailand.


  • DUO-Belgium/Flanders

DUO-Belgium/Flanders Fellowship Programme was established in 2011 with the aim of promoting exchanges of students between Belgium/Flanders and 4 Asian countries (China, India, South Korea and Vietnam) on a balanced and permanent basis.

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  • DUO-Belgium/Wallonia  

DUO/Wallonia-Brussels has been established at the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in order to promote “paired exchanges” between professors from Wallonia-Brussels HEIs and Asian ones.

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  • DUO-Korea  

DUO-Korea Fellowship Programme was established in 2001 with the aim of promoting exchanges of people between Korea and 30 European countries on a balanced and permanent basis. In this respect, DUO-Korea requires that a PAIR (two persons) of students be exchanged in the framework of a cooperative project.

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  • DUO-Singapore

The DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme is awarded by the Singapore government to promote academic exchanges between full-time undergraduate students who are Singapore or ASEAN citizens and students from universities in European ASEM member countries. 

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  • DUO-Sweden  

DUO-Sweden Fellowship Program was established in 2010 with the aim of promoting exchanges of people between Sweden and Asian 21 countries on a balanced basis. DUO-Sweden requires that a PAIR (two persons) of students be exchanged in an academic cooperative arrangement.

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  • DUO-Thailand

DUO-Thailand Fellowship Programme aims to enhance a balanced mobility of students between Thailand and 30 ASEM member states in Europe by supporting paired-based and two-way exchanges. 

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