The 21st ASEF Summer University (#ASEFSU21)
The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth from Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries. The project offers the unique opportunity to deepen the participant’s knowledge on contemporary issues and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges. ASEFSU takes place annually, each year tackling a different theme of socio-political concern within Asia and Europe.
The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) will take place on 27 January – 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) and Christchurch (New Zealand) exploring the topic of Youth with Disabilities. Click here to read the ASEFSU21 Concept Note – an in-depth introduction to the theme of the project.
Participants of the ASEFSU will participate in trainings, workshops and lectures where they will learn about the topic of youth and disabilities, together with a group of 51 mixed-ability students and young professionals. There will be an online preparatory phase during which the selected participants will familiarize themselves with topics of the Summer University and will require a couple of hours per week. The preparatory phase is followed by a one week programme in Australia with trainings, workshops, lectures and study visits to develop further understanding of the themes covered by the project. The second week of the on-site programme, takes place in New Zealand. Participants are given the opportunity to formulate solutions to obstacles that are currently faced by youth with disabilities. The best solutions will be awarded and presented to ASEM policy makers.
Both in Australia and New Zealand, participants will work independently in small groups to carry out research and participate in story-telling activities to showcase their ideas and share previous experiences. In teams, the participants will work on specific challenges to develop solutions. These challenges will be hosted by national authorities, higher education institutions, businesses and Civil Society Organizations. Independent research, team work, out-of-the-box thinking and commitment will be needed to tackle the challenges. The participants will get the opportunity to make a concrete contribution to improve the lives of young people in Asia and Europe.
The call is open now for all citizens (students and young professionals) between 18-30 years old of any of the 51 ASEM member countries. ASEF will select 51 mixed-ability participants through this Open Call. A non-discriminative approach will be adopted in the screening process, ensuring a balanced geographic representation, gender balance and fair access to all. For the selected participants there is no participation fee, neither registration fee. Accommodation, meals and travel subsidy will be provided.