The opening ceremony of ASEAN in Today’s World (AsTW), an international education program that is being jointly conducted by Kyushu University and Mahidol University, was held at Mahidol University in Thailand on March 16, 2009.
AsTW is a three-week academic program developed by Kyushu University and Mahidol University at the urging of ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan to launch academic programs among ASEAN countries. Students from seven ASEAN countries as well as Japan, Korea and China will study the diverse cultures of ASEAN countries and Japan, problems ASEAN is dealing with, health services, crisis management and more. By focusing on the ASEAN region, which has had an increasing impact on world politics and the global economy, the program is aimed at developing human resources who will play an international role as a bridge across Asia and to the next generation.
The AsTW program is introduced on the website of the ASEAN secretariat: