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ASEAN-Korea Centre to draw brilliant young ideas on ASEAN-Korea partnership

No.PR/18-25Date2018.07.18 (Mon)
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ASEAN-Korea Centre is an International Organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Korea.

ASEAN-Korea Centre to draw brilliant young ideas on ASEAN-Korea partnership

- The 2018 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest to receive online applications until 30 September -
- ASEAN and Korean youth invited to write essays on the topics of Political-Security, Economy, Socio-Culture, ASEAN-Korea Relations, and given an opportunity for a study trip and publications -

The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Lee Hyuk) and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) will jointly organize the ‘2018 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest.’ The Contest invites all ASEAN and Korean undergraduate and graduate students to share their perspectives on ASEAN and ASEAN-Korea partnership through academic writings. The ASEAN and Korean youth are encouraged to write a 10-page academic essay under the following themes: ASEAN’s Contributions for Peace on the Korean Peninsula; Forging Towards a Prosperous ASEAN Economic Community; Unity in Diversity: Building an ASEAN Identity; and A Cooperation Model for the Republic of Korea’s New Southern Policy. Essays should be submitted via the website (http://bit.do/2018akessay) by midnight on Sunday, 30 September. They will then be evaluated by a qualified panel of judges chosen by the organizers, who will select a total of 15 winners, comprising one from each ASEAN Member State and five from Korea. The result will be announced on the website on 5 November. The Contest winners will be given an opportunity to take a study trip to Korea or Thailand based on their nationality, present their essays, and share ideas through discussion. Among the winning entries, selected papers will be published in the publication series titledYoung Perspectives.


Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre, said, “Last week, South Korean President Mon Jae-in has shown a strong willingness to implement the New Southern Policy again during his visit to Singapore, the ASEAN chair for 2018. As the leaders of the future of ASEAN-Korea relations, youth should actively engage in discussions and bring new ideas to the table to build a future partnership between ASEAN and Korea for people, prosperity, and peace. The ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest has been providing a platform for ASEAN and Korean students to not only study on various issues on the ASEAN-Korea relations, but also put their individual thoughts into academic writing and share their ideas with other students. We look forward to receiving many creative pieces of writings from young ASEAN and Korean scholars in this year’s Contest.”


Meanwhile, the ‘ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest’ is taking place for the third consecutive year since its establishment in 2016. It is the only essay competition, both in Korea and abroad, that focuses on the ASEAN-Korea relations for ASEAN and Korean students. The Contest has attracted growing interests from youth by receiving 130 entries in 2016 and 160 entries in 2017. This year’s Contest is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, ASEAN Secretariat, Seoul National University Asia Center, and Chulalongkorn University ASEAN Studies Center.


“While writing an essay, I referred to many publications from the ASEAN-Korea Centre or the ASEAN Secretariat, and tried to read academic research in Korean and English in a more balanced way. Preparing for the Contest itself was very helpful for me to discover and understand the development path of ASEAN. It was an invaluable experience to meet with officials from the ASEAN Secretariat and government organizations as a Contest winner, which enabled me to further deepen my understanding of ASEAN. Also, I enjoyed communicating and having discussions with other winners from Korea and ASEAN.”
- Juwon Lee (Age 27, Korea), the winner of the 2016 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest


“I think that creative, comprehensive, and positive thinking is the key to winning the contest. There is no doubt that the panel would want to read an original piece of article by an applicant rather than the one which has been copied and pasted from the internet. So, visiting the places like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where you will never be able to go alone, is a sufficient reward for writing a creative, comprehensive, and positive piece of article.”
- Seksan Anantasirikiat (Age 28, Thailand), the winner of the 2017 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest



- Press Release file


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