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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 Mishra, 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

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


Last Update: 17/01/2023