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The Award Ceremony and Webinar for the 2021 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest

The ASEAN-Korea Centre on December 21, 2021, held an online awards ceremony for the ten winning essays of the ‘2021 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest’. This year, 129 essays from university students across all ten ASEAN member states and Korea were submitted on their observations and innovative ideas related to three themes. Now in its sixth year, the event was jointly organized by the Korea Association of Southeast Asian Studies (KASEAS), Seoul National University’s Asia Center, and Universiti Brunei Darussalam of Brunei, with support from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ASEAN University Network, ASEAN Foundation, and ASEAN Secretariat.


The grand prize went to a team from the Philippines for its winning essay “Ready, Set, Action: the Role of Digital Media Tools in Harnessing Youth Power for Greater Cultural Understanding.” The full text of the winning essays can be found on AKC’s website.


After the ceremony, the winners and participants also received the opportunity to learn more about ASEAN-Korea relations through two lectures held in the webinar. The first lecture given by Apichai Sunchindah, former executive director of the ASEAN Foundation, shared the challenges of and opportunities for sustainable development in the Mekong region. The second featured former Korean Ambassador to Thailand Chung Hae-moon providing an overview of initiatives between ASEAN and Korea in “building back together better” amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


List of Winners for ‘2021 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest”

PrizeWinnersTitle of Winning Essays
Grand PrizeSophia Marie C. Mauleon & Alyssa Camille Palenzuela Dalizon
Ready, Set, Action: The Role of Digital Media Tools in Harnessing Youth Power for Greater Cultural Understanding
Second PrizeJeong Hyungjoo & Chia Ying Shyan Hannah
(Korea & Singapore)
A Tale of Two Locales: Cross-Cultural Perceptions and (Mis)understandings between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea
Annisa Pratamasari
Building Partnership in Overcoming COVID-19 through City Diplomacy: The Cases of Sister City and Sister Province between Indonesia and Korea
Third PrizeBui Thi Ngoc Thuy & Nguyen Ha Phuong
Strengthening Mekong-Korea cooperation: Promoting synergies among Mekong cooperative mechanisms on climate change mitigation and adaptation towards sustainable development
Claire Lim
Strengthening ASEAN-Korea Cooperation in Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change and Promoting Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region
Special RecognitionTang Zepeng & Wong Jun Hao
The Emerging Korean Leadership on Sustainability in Mekong
Hirzawati Atikah binti Mohd Tahir & Siti Noor Adillah binti Masrol
Strengthening ASEAN-Korea Partnership in Overcoming the COVID-19 Challenges: New Southern Policy Beyond the Pandemic
Thim Rachna
ASEAN-ROK: What does the future hold for Mekong's Climate Change?
Lee Jongsung & Cho Sobin
Strengthening ASEAN-Korea cooperation in mitigating the impact of climate change and promoting sustainable development in the Mekong region
Li Wee An & Mahmood Muhammad Azim
The Role of Youth in Promoting Mutual Understanding between ASEAN and Korea towards a sustainable and future-oriented ASEAN-Korea Partnership





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