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The call for the 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) has been launched! 

The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey from 27 January to 10 February 2018 in Melbourne (Australia) & Christchurch (New Zealand), and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for Asian and European students and young professionals, between 18 and 30 years old with strong command of English.
Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth, it offers opportunities for students and young professionals to broaden their horizons, deepen their knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges.

Under the theme “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping Inclusive ASEM Societies” ASEFSU21 consists of a mix of practical team exercises, thought-provoking lectures, group research and experiential learning.
Participants will develop a strong understanding for the issues faced by youth with disabilities and become active ambassadors for open and inclusive ASEM societies.
Consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the ASEFSU21 Challenge Teams will tackle 8 real challenges faced by youth with disabilities in a practical and engaging way.

The ASEFSU21 8 thematic areas are:
– Mobility
– Rights Protection and Legislation
– Economic Security and Employment
– Inclusive Education
– Health and Well-Being
– Participation in Society
– Access to Information
– Attitudes and Perceptions

ASEFSU21 consists of 3 phases:

Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (ca. 6 weeks)
Participants will actively take part in a MOOC-like experience, including webinars and online crash courses to familiarise with the topics of the project. Participants will also be assigned individual and group exercises which require a commitment of 2–3 hours per week.

Phase 2: “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” in Australia and New Zealand (ca. 2 weeks)
The on-site phase consists of active training sessions, quality lectures and exciting study visits where the participants will discover and deepen their knowledge on the shaping of inclusive ASEM societies.
The Challenge Teams will also present their innovative solutions on the 8 respective ASEFSU21 Challenges assigned to them as well as schedule meetings with representatives of government, academia, the private sector and civil society to present their outcomes.

Phase 3: Spin-off activities and launching prototypes
All prototypes developed on site, analogue and digital, will be analysed and tested after the project by the relevant stakeholders and communities engaged in ASEFSU21.

There is no registration or participation fee.
The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals.

Deadline to apply: 10 December 2017, GMT 23:59.

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