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AEI-ASEM Summer School 2022 (Online)

Civic Engagement and Sustainable Development
15-31 August 2022 (Lecture Modules: 22-25 August)

The AEI-ASEM Summer School is an ongoing initiative to enhance the balanced mobility of students, researchers and academics between Asia and Europe in line with one of the decisions of ASEMME 4 in May 2013, Kuala Lumpur. This year’s summer school, themed “Civic Engagement and Sustainable Development” will focus on a student-led workshop and forum which allows students to discuss and explore different aspects of the theme in a multicultural setting with participants from Asia and Europe.

This year’s online summer school is a flexible 2-week program where participants will work in facilitated groups to discuss cross-cutting issues, engage in interactive group work and prepare for a student-led forum at the end of the program. Participants will also attend online modules with speakers covering various modules in line with the theme.

At the end of this course, participants are able to:

  • Identify and explain the role of youths in society through various civic engagement and sustainable development activities in the Asian and European regions.
  • Compare, differentiate, or critique issues which serve as barriers to civic engagement and sustainable development in the Asian and European region and beyond.
  • Demonstrate awareness of different cultures, heritage values and the roles of youth and millennials in fostering harmony through the appreciation of their roles and their ability to change communities and societies through various civic engagement activities.
60 Notional Hours (2 weeks)
Lecture Modules: 6 Hours
Group Activities: 6 Hours
Students Self Learning Time:
  • Forum Preparation (28 Hours)
  • Short Report Preparation (20 Hours)
Assessment Activities:
  • Student-Led Forum
  • Written Report (to be submitted after programme)


Registration link: http://www.international-office.de/asem

Programme Schedule

Day 0 (15 August 2022)
3:00 – 3:30 PM Preparation week, introduction and briefing
3:30 – 4:30 PM
Activity 1: Kick-Off and Online team building
Short input from Dr Sabrina Weithmann - Setting the Stage for Selected Aspects of Sustainable Development.
4:30 – 5:30 PM Activity 2: Diversity space meetings
Assessment 1: Short Report Topic Provided (Students should prepare a reflection report based on any of the module topics. The report should be about 1500 words)
Day 1 (22 August 2022)
3:30 – 4:30 PM Welcoming Remarks from
  • Rep. from ASEM Secretariat
  • Rep. from Ministry of Higher Education
  • Rep. from AEI
  • Rep. from TH-AB
4:30 – 5:30 PM Module 1: Socio-Participation and Civic Engagement
Speaker: Ms. Firdaus Husni
5:30 – 6:30 PM Module 2: Youth Social Advocacy in Malaysia
Speaker: Mr. Aaron Denison
Day 2 (23 August 2022)
3:00 – 4:00 PM Module 3: Aspects of a Green University Office
Speakers: Madeleine Recknagel & Sabrina Weithmann
4:00 – 5:30 PM Activity 2:
Brainstorming session: Civic engagement activities based on ‘adopt and adapt’ concept for a green university or campus of the future.
5:30 – 6:30 PM Module 4: ASEF Virtual Visit
Day 3 (24 August 2022)
3:00 – 4:00 PM Module 5: Sustainability and Digitalisation
Speaker: Dr Sabrina Schorck
4:00 – 5:30 PM Activity 3:
Sharing of European and Asian civic engagement activities via digitalisation. Aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
5:30 – 6:30 PM Module 6: EEAS Virtual Visit (TBC)
Day 4 (25 August 2022)
2.00 - 5.30 PM Activity 4: Participant-led forum on the role of youth in the current society.
Topics can may cover anything related to the theme.
Assessment 2: Forum
5:30 – 6:00 PM Closing ceremony – closing remarks
31 August 2022 Submission of Short Report


Dr Nurliana Kamaruddin
Dr Nurliana Kamaruddin
Universiti Malaya
Dr Kevin Fernandez
Dr Kevin Fernandez
Universiti Malaya
Dr. Sheila Devi Michael
Dr. Sheila Devi Michael
Universiti Malaya
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Angress
Prof. Dr. Alexandra Angress
TH Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
Prof Dr Sabrina Weithmann
Prof Dr Sabrina Weithmann
TH Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
Professor Dr Sabrina Schorck
Prof. Dr. Sabrina Schorck
TH Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Recknagel
Prof. Dr. Madeleine Recknagel
TH Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences
Ms. Firdaus Husni
Ms. Firdaus Husni
Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR)
Mr. Aaron Denison Deivasagayam
Mr. Aaron Denison Deivasagayam
Hiroshima University, Japan

Hosted by:
Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya and TH Aschaffenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Last Update: 24/06/2022