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The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development. ASEF is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). Together with about 700 partner organisations ASEF has run more than 650 projects, mainly conferences, seminars and workshops. Over 17,000 Asians and Europeans have actively participated in its activities and it has reached much wider audiences through its networks, web-portals, publications, exhibitions and lectures. www.asef.org/

ASEF Higher Education Programme (AHEP)formerly ASEM Education Hub – was established in 1998 upon the endorsement of the leaders at the 2nd Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM2, 1998, the United Kingdom) to enable “more academic exchanges”. Its main objective is to promote and facilitate co-operation among higher education stakeholders in Asia and Europe by (1) providing support to multilateral higher education co-operation initiatives; and (2) acting as a facilitator for higher education dialogue among ASEM countries through the creation of platforms for exchanges among relevant stakeholders. www.asef.org/index.php/projects/programmes/530-asem-education-hub-(aeh).