Message from H.E. Mr. Le Luong Minh,
Secretary-General of ASEAN

With the ASEAN in Today’s World (AsTW) programme currently in its seventh year, I am pleased to welcome Viet Nam National University, Ha Noi as the new host of the programme and express my appreciation to the Ateneo De Manila University for its successful hosting of the programme for the last two years.

AsTW has always been one of ASEAN’s education sector key milestones, a programme which has brought our students together and enabled them to enhance their ASEAN awareness and knowledge, to serve as resource persons on ASEAN back home, and to learn more about the prospects and challenges for the ASEAN region.

As we establish the ASEAN Community by the end of this year, the AsTW 2015 programme is an excellent opportunity for our ASEAN student leaders to contribute to the visioning process for ASEAN post-2015, whose central elements have already been articulated by the ASEAN Leaders during the 25th ASEAN Summit. Through this programme, it is hoped that our student leaders would discuss and reflect on the relevance and future of ASEAN as well as explore opportunities by which they can further contribute to the process of building a people-oriented, people-centred ASEAN Community.

  The ASEAN Secretariat remains committed in our support for the AsTW programme and we look forward to more years of learning and fellowship with our students as valuable partners and contributors of the ASEAN Community.




A sister programme of AsTW, Asia in Today's World (ATW) is a 7-week summer study program in Japan organized by Kyushu University in July and August. Each year, ATW hosted 30~40 participants from universities in Asia, Europe, North America
and South America.
Please visit the ATW website for details.



ASEAN in Todayfs World (AsTW)

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. The 2015 session of AsTW will be held in Vietname, and is jointly organized by Kyushu University and Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Those five prestigious universities in the ASEAN regions and Japan, namely Mahidol University, Ateneo de Manila University, Vietnam Naitonal 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.

The 2015 session will convene
from March 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
at Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Application deadline:October 31, 2014.

Structure of AsTW:
AsTW consists of three parts: ASEAN Studies Courses (ASC), Asian Languages & Cultures (ALC) and Study Trips, providing students with a unique study opportunity.

ASC gives AsTW a distinction as a comprehensive academic program of ASEAN issues that increasingly play an important role in the world and “ASEAN+3” relations.

Students will broaden their knowledge and gain deeper understanding about ASEAN and “ASEAN+3” cooperation through ASC. A valuable part of the program is the opportunity to approach ASEAN and East Asia topics from different perspectives. Students will select one ASC course among those offered below. ASC for 2015 will be taught by professors from Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Kyushu University, and Fukuoka Women’s University.

In addition, students will choose one intensive Asian language course. The combination of ASC and ALC contributes to the students’ synthetic understanding of ASEAN and East Asia.

A series of Vietnamese cultural study trips is another attractive part of the program. Each excursion is designed to allow students to experience Vietnamese culture.

To complete AsTW, students must take 2 courses (one ALC and one ASC). Students who complete AsTW will be awarded a certificate jointly issued by Kyushu University and Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Past AsTW Sessions
2013 @ Ateneo de Manila youtube
2012 @ Ateneo de Manila youtube
2011 @Mahidol University youtube


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