22nd ASEF Summer University in Croatia & Slovenia (Fully-funded)

22nd ASEF Summer University in Croatia & Slovenia (Fully-funded)

Deadline: July 3, 2018

Apply to attend the 22nd Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) Summer University taking place 12 – 23 September 2018 in Croatia & Slovenia. The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” for Asian and European students & young professionals. Designed to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among youth, it will offer you the opportunity to broaden your horizons, deepen your knowledge on contemporary issues, and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges.

ASEFSU22 will be conducted under the theme “Sustainable Tourism: Youth Driving Green Growth” and it consists of a mix of practical team exercises, thought-provoking lectures, group research and experiential learning. As a participant you will be given the opportunity to learn and share your knowledge on sustainable tourism and green economies through a local “Innovathon” and Challenge Hub.

ASEFSU22 will focus on the 3 Dimensions of Sustainable Development:

  1. Economic, including Sustainable Transport, Youth Employment, and Sustainable Consumption & Production
  2. Social, including Cultural Heritage, Inclusion, and Interactions with Locals
  3. Environmental, including Water & Waste Management, Renewable Energy, and Technology

Consisting of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the ASEFSU22 Challenge Teams will tackle real obstacles to sustainable tourism in a practical and engaging way. These challenges have been identified in cooperation with local Challenge Partners and the proposed solutions you and your team mates will present will be put to test and made available for the benefit of all ASEM societies.

Program Content

The ASEFSU22 consists of 3 phases:

  1. Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (4 weeks)
    In this phase, you will actively take part in an online preparatory phase to familiarise with the topics of the project. As part of it you will attend online webinars on topics ranging from Tourism & the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to International Relations & ASEM, and you will work on individual as well as group assignments.
  2. Phase 2: “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” in Croatia & Slovenia (2 weeks)
    The 1-week programme in Slovenia offers you trainings, workshops, lectures and study visits to develop your understanding of the themes covered by the project. In Croatia you will go from theory to practice as you are given the opportunity to co-develop and test solutions to environmental, tourism and youth employment challenges faced by local authorities, businesses and civil society organisations in the region.
  3. Phase 3: Online Post-project Phase and Spin-off activities (4 weeks)
    All prototypes developed on site – analogue and digital – will be analysed and tested after the project by relevant stakeholders and communities engaged. In addition, the project’s best-performing participants will be invited to present the outcomes at high-level ASEM Ministerial Meetings and other events.


No registration or participation fee. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals.


  • Citizen of any of the 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries
  • Students, entrepreneurs, academics and professionals – all between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Strong command of English (verbal and written)

ASEFSU22 is accessible to all ASEM youth.

The organisers do not discriminate any applicant or participant on the basis of his or her race, national origin (ancestry), colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion (creed), marital status, or age.


Join the sustainability innovathon in Croatia & Slovenia!

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For more information, visit ASEF Summer University.