History of ASEA-UNINET
(previously: Austrian - South-East Asian University Partnership Network,
since 4th Plenary Meeting: ASEAN-European Academic University Network)
The foundations for this network were laid by informal contacts between Innsbruck University and Thai Universities that date back to the late 1970s. Official visits followed, and partnerships were concluded in the 1980s between the University of Innsbruck and Chulalongkorn and Mahidol in Bangkok, the University of Vienna and Chiang Mai, the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna and Kasetsart in Bangkok. In 1992 Innsbruck/Chulalongkorn/Vienna/ Chiang Mai included one another in their cooperations. A partnership agreement was concluded with Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta (1990) and university relations also developed substantially with Vietnam. Interconnections were established between Austria's partner institutions in Thailand and other countries in the region. The idea of ASEA-UNINET was born.
With the target to unify all these bilateral partnership agreements into one multilateral partnership, the initiator, Prof. B. M. Rode, invited interested universities in Austria, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam to participate in the 1st Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. At this time the infrastructure of the organization was laid down jointly by the participants.
The 1st Plenary Meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in December 1994.
The 2nd Plenary Meeting was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in February 1996.
The 3rd Plenary Meeting was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in February 1998 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Innsbruck, Austria, in October 1998.
The 4th Plenary Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, in July 1999 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Trento, Italy, in May 2000.
The 5th Plenary Meeting was held in Phuket, Thailand, in February 2001 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Ioannina, Greece, in September 2001.
The 6th Plenary Meeting was held in Trento, Italy, in July 2002 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Utrecht, Netherlands, in July 2003.
The 7th Plenary Meeting was held in Denpasar, Indonesia, in February 2004. The National Coordinators meeting was held in Oviedo, Spain, in September 2004.
The 8th Plenary Meeting was held in Oxford, U.K., in July 2005. The National Coordinators meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2006.
The 9th Plenary Meeting was held in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in February 2007. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Murcia, Spain , in October 2007.
The 10th Plenary Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria in July 2008. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Ioannina, Greece, in June 2009.
The 11th Plenary Meeting was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in February 2010. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, in September 2010.
The 12th Plenary Meeting was held in Trento, Italy, in June 2011. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Passau, Germany, in May 2012.
The 13th Plenary Meeting was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in February 2013. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Ioannina, Greece, in September 2013.
The 14th Plenary Meeting was held in Innsbruck, Austria, in July 2014. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, in April 2015.
The 15th Plenary Meeting was held in Bali, Indonesia in February 2016.
Almost all areas of academic and economic interest are represented within ASEA-UNINET. Current focus areas of cooperation can be found in the Minutes of the Plenary Meetings.
In 1994 this network comprised 25 universities from Austria, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
From 1997 to date universities from further countries have joined the network:
Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain and the U.K. Pakistan as well as Iran have an associated status for specific projects.
Presently (February 2016), 20 countries comprising a total of more than 80 universities are members of ASEA-UNINET.
Each Member University has an ASEA-UNINET Coordinator, each country a National Coordinator and each continent a Regional Coordinator. The President is elected at the Plenary Meeting for approx. a 1 ½ year period.
Detailed information is available on member universities and can be found here.
There is also a Notice Board so that information which is of general interest can be dispersed easily.
Joint research projects in the focus areas
Staff exchange/student exchange (short-term)
Graduate programmes (mainly Ph.D. studies) and postgraduate education
Specialized training courses
Funding is provided by ministries, the universities and further funding is sought within the programmes of the EU.
Due to the well-functioning infrastructure of the network, it also provides support
- to companies seeking contacts for projects
- for political and economic delegations
- for city and regional partnerships
Statement of Mission
Having in mind the process of increasing globalization and of continuous internationalisation of education and research,
Considering the importance of science and research for development and indigenous capacity building,
Noting with interest the ASEM process between European and Asian States,
Being aware that networking and partnerships are the most promising way to achieve success within this context,
ASEA UNINET was founded in 1994 by Austrian and some S.E.Asian (Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese) universities as an association of European and South-East Asian universities with the following aims:
- to encourage and facilitate cooperation between academic institutions in staff/student exchange, teaching and research activities
- to promote scientific, cultural and human relationships and personal contacts
- to encourage and initiate projects of mutual interest and benefit for faculties, staff and students
- to assist in forming coalitions of resources for academic activities between member institutions
- to facilitate contacts between universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations and economic operators engaged in projects related to education, science, technology and art in countries with member universities
- to act as a forum of continuous discussions on the progress of these projects, and serving as a network of excellence providing expertise and initiatives for entities seeking European-S.E.Asian relations in the fields mentioned above.
For these programmes financing will be sought by all member institutions from university and national government sources.
Contributions to projects will be made by the universities on the basis of fair balance according to their economic and financial situation.
Additional financial support will be sought from regional (e.g. EU, ASEAN) as well as international agencies and from the private sector according to available project lines.