Belgium, Brussels

Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs

when 21 June 2017 - 23 June 2017
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 250

In early 21st Century, relations with Asia have become crucial both for the private and the public sector all across Europe. Economic, political and cultural relations between the West and the East are growing, and the need in our part of the West – the European Union – for solid knowledge about contemporary developments in Asia is also growing.

While the rise of China is clearly catching global and European attention, the importance of other parts of Asia should not be underestimated – India is obviously of growing importance, as much as Japan, South Korea and the economically dynamic ASEAN region, and notably Indonesia, all play an increasingly crucial role in regional and global security.

With Asia in the world’s spotlight as it undergoes rapid growth, the Asia-Europe Summer Academy: Policy Forum on Asian Affairs taps into our expertise of the region and offers university students and young professionals an enriching knowledge and understanding of various Asian-related issues, developments and challenges. With its three-day intensive format, Asia-Europe Summer Academy offers a series of lectures and panel debates with leading experts in the field as well as workshops, informal discussions and networking, which complement each other for a more holistic experience.

You will attend classes held in a dynamic and multi-cultural learning environment and participate in active discussions and learn from senior Asian and EU diplomats, policy makers and academic experts specializing in their area of study. Through the lectures and debates with diplomats and academic experts from different Asian countries, Asia-Europe Summer Academy provides the participants with a policy-maker’s ‘insider’ perspective into the Asian political elites’ way of thinking, their strategic perspectives and geopolitical considerations, thus shedding light on how they seek to deal with the closely interlinked key contemporary security, economic and political challenges affecting the region.

Asia-Europe Summer Academy is specifically deigned to meet your needs if wish to pursue future career in the academia in the field of the Asian area studies or in business, politics or the non-profit sector. Ultimately, this program offers important opportunities to meet experts in the field, network, exchange views and ideas.

We look forward to seeing you at the Asia-Europe Summer Academy in June 2017!

Target group

The range of lectures, debates and workshops on offer are relevant and stimulating for students of various social sciences disciplines, namely International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Media and Communications, but also young professionals, who are keen to expand and deepen their expertise in the strategically and economically important Asian region.

Course aim

The key aim of the Asia-Europe Summer Academy is to deepen your understanding and knowledge of the political, economic, social and security issues in the contemporary Asia. The Asia-Europe Summer Academy held at Belgium’s leading KU Leuven university – in its campus located in the historical center of Brussels – offers superb intensive three days of learning, sharing, cultural immersion, networking and connecting.

Credits info

All participants will receive a Certificate of Participation confirming active and successful completion of the Asia-Europe Summer Academy.

Fee info

EUR 250: The program fee includes:
- All tuition fees and classroom support costs
- Free access to all lectures, workshops and other activities
- Coffee/tea and snacks during coffee breaks
- Program book
- Certificate of Participation confirming active and successful completion of the Summer School

The program fee does not include:
- Transport to and from Brussels and local transportation in Brussels
- Accommodation during the program (a shared bedroom at a hostel in Brussels city center would cost as low as 100 euros for 3 nights)
- Meals not listed in the detailed program
- Visas (if applicable)
- Insurance (students need to sort out their own overseas travel insurance before they leave their home country)