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The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)

The Asia-Europe Institute is a postgraduate research and teaching institution established under the Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) process and dedicated to teaching and research, with a philosophy of enhancing Asia-Europe relations by weaving an educational web that facilitates the understanding of cultures, histories, politics, institutions, economics, business and legal practices.

With relations between Asia and Europe high on the political and economic agenda, and an increasingly important issue for both business and the public, the Asia-Europe Research Institute has been created as the Southeast Asian regionís foremost centre of expertise on the subject. Home for over thirty academic and research staff, the AEI provides an unparalleled source of high quality research and teaching as well as a resource for government, business and the population in general.

The first step towards AEU

At ASEM I, Bangkok, 1996 and ASEM II, London, 1998, Malaysia made a commitment in the field of higher education to establish an Asia-Europe University (AEU), which will serve as an educational infrastructure and knowledge network for Asia and Europe in the 21st century.

In 1997, the Government of Malaysia established the Asia-Europe Centre (AEC), the first step of Asia-Europe University cooperation in education designed to support the Fourth Pillar of the ASEM process.

Three years after its inception, on January 2nd 2000, the AEC was transformed into a full-fledged academic institution. It was renamed Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) and hosted by the University of Malaya, the oldest university in Malaysia.

Knowledge Enterprise

AEI dedicated to teaching and research through networking with strategic and smart partners. This K-enterprise, based on high quality educational standards, shapes a new generation of individuals possessing a competitive advantage in todayís interlinked markets. It is an investment in a cost efficient, pragmatic, yet innovative academic institution to contribute to the enhancement of Asia-Europe university cooperation.

Its International faculty of students, lectures and researchers encourages creativity and global understanding in a classroom atmosphere of cultural diversifies.

To meet the changing needs of contemporary societies, AEI promotes collaborative research with academic as well as government and private sector institutions. In addition, its develops new epistemologies with relevant prescriptions for consultancy in policy-related areas.

The AEI has a highly developed research culture, advanced through internationally-recognised research pillars in Globalisation, Regional Integration and Development; Interculturalism and Community Development; Sustainability, Governance and Social Change; and, Business Networks, Knowledge Management and Competitiveness.

The AEI has created a unique reputation for the quality of its international postgraduate programmes, working in partnership with Asian and European universities to assure the highest levels of quality, innovation and flexibility. The AEI also offers specialised undergraduate elective courses to University of Malaya students.

Emporium Of Ideas

AEI is an emporium of ideas to expand the knowledge capacities of individuals and institutions for sustainable economic growth and social development.

Our Mission

 Creating new wealth for future generations through knowledge investment.


 Forming a multicultural interactive environment for creating, sharing and respecting ideas.


Enabling educational synthesis through cultural immersion and learning in-situ.


 Preparing students to meet the challenges of the global society by encouraging private sector/business participation


 Building a shared future through collaborative research for social and economic advancement.

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Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia

Telephone: (60)-3-7967 4645 / 6910 / 6921, FAX: (60)-3-7954 0799, Email: asia_euro@um.edu.my


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Last updated: September 30, 2004