Message from H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN
Now in its tenth year, the ASEAN in Today’s World (AsTW) programme has become one of ASEAN education sector’s key programmes to deepen ASEAN awareness among our youth. With University of Malaya as the host for the first time, the AsTW programme has evolved and developed into a significant cooperation programme since it was hosted by Kyushu University, Mahidol University and Ateneo De Manila University over the years.
By focusing on ASEAN studies and Asian languages & cultures, the AsTW has given opportunities for our university students to learn more about each other as well as build networks and friendships. It has not only enhanced mutual understanding of our diverse cultures and traditions but also provided a dynamic forum for greater interactions and discussions among our region’s future young leaders.
In line with the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the ASEAN Secretariat remains committed in our support for the AsTW programme, in hope that more and more young people would be inspired to engage and contribute to the process of building a people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community.
Le Luong Minh
Secretary-General of ASEAN
ASEAN in Today's World (AsTW)
is a two-week international study program focusing on ASEAN and East Asian affairs. It is designed for university students from around the world. The medium of instruction is English. AsTW was launched in March 2009 in Thailand. From 2009 to 2011, AsTW was co-organized by Kyushu University (Japan) and Mahidol University (Thailand). From 2012 to 2014, Kyushu University worked together with Ateneo de Manila University (the Philippines) and hosted AsTW in the Philippines. From 2015 to 2017, ATW has been held at Vietnam National University, Hanoi. The AsTW 2018 will be co-organized with a new AsTW partner, University of Malaya.
Those five prestigious universities in the ASEAN regions and Japan, namely 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 AUN.
Structure of AsTW:
The AsTW curriculum consists of ASEAN Studies (AS) and Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) courses, supplemented by co-curricular Study Trips, providing students with rich and unique learning opportunities.
The AS component 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 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.
The ALC component provides students with an intensive Asian language study experience designed to build proficiency in the language chosen and to help with acquisition of basic knowledge of the related culture in an integrated approach. Students will gain a general understanding of the culture and sociolinguistic context of each language. By the end of each course, students are expected to have developed some fundamental skills in listening and speaking as well as an understanding of daily conduct in the appropriate cultural setting.
The combination of AS and ALC studies will contribute to the students’ synthetic understanding of the ASEAN and East Asia communities.
A series of cultural study trips is another attractive part of the program. Each excursion is intended to allow students the chance 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 two courses (one each from the ALC and AS offerings) for credit and participate in all official events. Students who meet all AsTW requirements will be awarded a certificate issued jointly by Kyushu University and a partner university.