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AEI-ASEM Summer School 2021


AEI-ASEM Summer School 2021



The AEI-ASEM Summer School was first initiated by the Malaysian government during the 4th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME4) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2013 with the aim of increasing the flow of European students to Asia towards balanced mobility. Over the years, the participants of the AEI-ASEM summer school have been students, academicians and researchers from both Asia and Europe. This year, the AEI is honoured to be collaborating with Universitas Padjadjaran, Indonesia and University of Freiburg, Germany to host the summer school of 2021 with the theme “People and Public Empowerment in Asia and Europe.”

In today’s ever globalizing world, there is a growing concern that various factors such as conflict or growing economic inequality have contributed to the disempowerment and increased vulnerability of different groups in society. The lectures this year explore the issues related to public empowerment in Southeast Asia and Europe presenting students with a unique opportunity to learn from experts from both regions. The lecture modules will cover social, economic, cybersecurity, and employee empowerment in both Asia and Europe, discussing issues of common concern as well as key factors in the pursuit of enhancing social resilience. The modules will also provide a platform for peer-to-peer discussion on the topics at hand in order to take into account the experience and opinions of the participants

Lectures - Online (Malaysia, Indonesia and Germany)
Programme Duration: 4 days (4 x 2 hours)
Dates: 12-15 July, 2021
Time: 3-5 pm Malaysia / 2-4 pm Indonesia / 9-11 am Germany

Hosted by:
Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), Universiti Malaya, Universitas Padjadjaran and University of Freiburg/FRIAS (Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies)


Day 1 - Monday, 12 July 2021, 3-5.30 pm (Malaysia), 2-4.30 pm (Indonesia), 9-11.30 am (CET)

Welcoming Remarks:

  • Associate Professor Dr. Jatswan Singh, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya
  • Dr. Widya Setiabudi Sumadinata, Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Padjajaran
  • Professor Dr. Bernd Kortmann, Executive Director, FRIAS, University of Freiburg

Opening Address 1 by Datin Noorazah Omar, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia

Opening Address 2 by Ms Nadia Reynders, ASEM Education Secretariat, Brussels, Belgium

Opening Address 3 by Dr Peter Schoof, Former Ambassador Germany to Indonesia (until 30 June 2021) & Representative of Germany at ASEAN (alumnus of University of Freiburg)

SESSION 1: Human Security and Development (Moderator: Dr Rahul Misha, AEI)

  • Engaging Human Development: A Perspective from ASEAN – Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin, AEI, Universiti Malaya
  • Human Security in ASEAN - Dr. Arfin Sudirman, Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Alternative Regionalism? Securing the Regional Representation of Socially Disadvantaged Groups in Southeast Asia and Europe - Professor Dr. Jürgen Rüland, FRIAS alumnus, University of Freiburg
Day 2 - Tuesday, 13 July 2021, 3-5 pm (Malaysia), 2-4 pm (Indonesia), 9-11 am (CET)

SESSION 2: Labour Issues (Moderator: Professor Dr. Günther Schulze, FRIAS, University of Freiburg)

  • Empowerment of Disadvantaged Workers in Asia - Associate Professor Dr Fumitaka Furuoka, AEI, Universiti Malaya
  • Industrial Shifts and Workers Well-Being, A Sociological Perspective - Professor Dr. Bambang Shergi Laksmono, Universitas Indonesia
  • Employment Policy for Vulnerable People: How to Strengthen Empowerment? Concepts and Experiences from Germany - Professor Dr. Georg Cremer, University of Freiburg
Day 3 - Wednesday, 14 July 2021, 3-5 pm (Malaysia), 2-4 pm (Indonesia), 9-11 am (CET)

SESSION 3: Migration Issues (Moderator: Professor Dr. Azirah Hashim, AEI, Universiti Malaya)

  • Crisis Migration in Asia: A Case Study of ASEAN - Dr Rahul Mishra, AEI, Universiti Malaya
  • Civil - Military Relation and the Migration Crisis in ASEAN - Dr. Yusa Djuyandi, Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Migration Policies in the EU - Assistant Professor Dr Laura Renner, University of Freiburg
Day 4 - Thursday, 15 July 2021, 3-5 pm (Malaysia), 2-4 pm (Indonesia), 9-11 am (CET)

SESSION 4: People and Information Technology (Moderator: Dr. Savitri Aditiany, Universitas Padjadjaran)

  • Empowering Citizens through Cyber Resilience: The Shared Role of ASEAN - Associate Professor Dr. Sameer Kumar, AEI, Universiti Malaya)
  • Connecting the Unconnected: Challenges and Prospects of Rural ICT Development in Asia - Dr. Ida Widianingsih, Universitas Padjadjaran
  • Trends and Challenges Concerning Cybersecurity in the EU - Professor Dr. Lorena Bachmaier Winter (FRIAS alumna; Complutense University of Madrid, Spain)


  • Professor Bernd Kortmann, Executive Director, FRIAS, University of Freiburg
  • Professor Wah Yun LOW, Deputy Executive Director (Research & Internationalisation), AEI, Universiti Malaya

How to join

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/aass21 and receive Zoom link in your email.

Contact person:
Madam Noradiana Ab. Aziz (ndiana@um.edu.my) +60132256563


Dr Rahul Mishra is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator (European Studies) at the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya. Before this, he was a Consultant at the Foreign Service Institute, Ministry of External Affairs, India. He has also worked with the Indian Council of World Affairs and Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses for four years each. Recipient of the Asia Fellowship of the East-West Center in Washington D.C., Korean and Australian government fellowships, he was earlier affiliated with the RSIS (Nanyang Technological University) and National University of Singapore as well. Dr Mishra specialises on politico-security affairs of Southeast Asia, role of major & middle powers in the Indo-Pacific region, IR theory and the ASEAN-EU regionalism. His latest publications include Asia and Europe in the 21st Century New Anxieties, New Opportunities (co-edited, Routledge, 2021) and India’s Eastward Engagement from Antiquity to Act East Policy (co-authored, SAGE Publications, 2019).

Nurliana Kamaruddin is Deputy Executive Director of Academic Affairs at the Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya. She obtained her PhD in International Studies specialising in Development Cooperation from Ewha Womans University. Her area of research includes international politics and development with a focus on ASEAN and East Asian relations.

Jürgen Rüland is professor emeritus in the Department of Political Science at the University of Freiburg, Germany. His research interests include the study of Southeast Asian regionalism, the democratization of international organizations, interregionalism with a particular focus on Asia-Europe relations and connectivity in Asia. His latest books are The Indonesian Way. ASEAN, Europeanization and Foreign Policy Debates in a New Democracy, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2018, and Religious Actors and Conflict Transformation in Southeast Asia. Indonesia and the Philippines, London: Routledge, 2019 (with C. von Lübke and M.M. Baumann).

Fumitaka Furuoka is an Associate Professor at Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya. His research interests include labor economics and international economics.

Bambang Shergi Laksmono, full time professor and lecturer at the Department of Social Welfare , Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Indonesia. Teach in the undergraduate and post graduate program, in the general subject of local economy, social policy and development planning. Graduated from Universitas Indonesia and continued study at London School of Economics (1987) in M.Sc in Social Planning in Developing Countries and had his Doctoral degree in Sociology at Universitas Indonesia (19950 . Bambang was Dean (2008-2013) and his research have been focussed on development issues in Papua and development, social vulnerability at Indonesian international land border and youth issues.

Georg Cremer, born 1952, is adjunct professor of economics at the University of Freiburg, Germany. From 2000 to 2017, he was Secretary General of Caritas Germany

Azirah Hashim is Professor at the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, Universiti Malaya. She was former Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) and Founding Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism at the university. She was recently a FRIAS Senior Fellow and Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS), University of Freiburg. She is project leader of an Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education project, 'Building research capacity in higher education institutions in Malaysia and Laos' (2017-2021) and also heads the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on ASEAN and the EU in Dialogue.

Dr. Sameer has a PhD in Social Networking and is presently working as Associate Professor at Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya. He has over two decades of work experience in the industry and academia and also holds a PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification from PMI, USA. At Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) Dr. Sameer has taught courses at the Masters level on Information Technology K-Economy, Social and economic dimensions of Digital Economy, History of Southeast Asia and Research Methods . He has been the Program Co-ordinator for International Masters in Information Management (2014 - 2016) and is currently the Programme Co-ordinator for International Masters in ASEAN Studies program (2016 -). He is the founding Managing Editor of AEI Insights (an official AEI peer reviewed journal) since 2014. During 2015 he was the visiting scientist at Ilmenau University of Technology, Germany. His current research and teaching interests are in the field of Social Networks, Data Analytics, Educational Technologies, Social informatics, Digital economy in Asia-Europe, and History of Southeast Asia. Dr. Sameer has successfully completed grant-based research projects (High Impact Research and UM Frontier Science Research) as Principal Investigator and a bilateral interational project (ETH- Switzerland funded). He has organised international workshops and events and has chaired panels in international foras. He is the life member of Computer Society of India and member of several national and international research centers and associations. He has several papers published in ISI-Web of Science indexed journals (publishers include Springer, Emerald, Wiley, McMillan Palgrave, Elsevier and others). He has regularly reviewed for top ISI journals including JMIR, PlosOne, JASIST, Scienometrics, and several others and supervises candidates at both Masters and PhD levels.

Lorena Bachmaier Winter is Full Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid, in justice systems, human rights and procedure. She also teaches in the summer law school of Saint Louis University since 2002. She has written extensively in the area of her expertise, being the author or editor of 15 books and more than 150 scientific articles on fair trial rights, justice systems and procedure published in more than seven languages. Among the most recent ones there is the book on the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (2018), or the book on “Lawyer-client confidentiality in criminal proceedings” (2020). She has been visiting professor or researcher in foreign institutes and universities as, for example, the Max-Planck-Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies (FRIAS) or the Universities of Berkeley, Harvard and Stanford (USA). Her present research is focused on comparative criminal procedure, rule of law and judicial independence, transitional democracies and security and the EU process of legal harmonization. She also cooperates regularly as an international legal expert for the Council of Europe and other international organizations in legal reforms in Eastern European countries and also in Central Asia and was appointed chair of the special committee on Transnational Organized Crime of the Council of Europe in 2013-2014.

Last Updated: 14/06/2021