The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya was delighted to organise the 2nd AEI-ASEM Summer School 2016 which was successfully conducted from 7th until 21st August 2016 in the context of balanced mobility in collaboration with the Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.
The 2nd AEI-ASEM Summer School 2016 was officially launched by Professor Dr. Azirah Hashim, Executive Director of AEI on 8th August 2016. 21 participants from 9 countries made up of 1 each from Korea, Germany, Nigeria and Palestine; 6 from Thailand, 4 from Czech Republic, 3 from Japan ,2 from Indonesia and Malaysia spent two weeks at this summer school that aimed to examine “Multiculturalism and Multiethnicity in Asia and Europe”.
The Summer School provided opportunities and experiences for students to explore various cultures, races and religions, ethnic backgrounds as well as examined political, economic and socio-cultural issues through a programme of lectures, field visits, and highly interactive activities. These included tours and talks by Putrajaya Corporation, Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) and a visit to the Putrajaya, the administrative capital of Malaysia, to experience the country’s federal administrative culture and atmosphere, Melaka as the birthplace of the Malay Sultanate, with a rich history of Asian and European influences, BoDen Edu Farm, local culture experience at Homestay Kg. Lonek, Kuala Pilah, Teratak Za’ba, etc.
The theme of the summer school, was translated into 10 lecture modules: Malaysia: The Past, Present and Future, Rojak or a Melting Pot? Cultural Diversity in Malaysia, When East Meets the West, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Harmonisation between Asia and Europe, Malaysia as an Islamic Hub in Asia: A Role Model, Doing Business in Asia: A European Perspective, Crisis-Migration in Asia and Europe: Challenges and Reactions, Bridging the Gap between Asia and Europe: Youth Connectivity and Appreciating Multiculturalism Through Youth’s Reflections.