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Webinar to Showcase Young perspectives on ASEAN-Korea Digital Partnership

No.PR/21-02Date25 January 2021
ContactProgram Inquiries: Ha Chae Kyoun, Program Officer, IDU (+82-2-2287-1144, ha.ck@aseankorea.org)
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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.

Webinar to Showcase Young perspectives on ASEAN-Korea Digital Partnership

- Winners of the 2020 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest to be awarded and to present their ideas -
- Livestreaming on ASEAN-Korea Centre YouTube on Jan. 27, 14:00 (KST) -

Seoul, Korea - The ASEAN-Korea Centre (Secretary General Lee Hyuk) will hold the ASEAN-Korea Youth Academic Webinar on 27 January 2021 at 2PM (KST). The event, which will be livestreamed on the Centre’s YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/akcsns), will include the award ceremony of the winners of the 2020 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest and presentations of the winning essays.

The 2020 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest, jointly organized by the ASEAN-Korea Centre, the Center for ASEAN-India Studies of Korea National Diplomatic Academy (KNDA), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia, was held last year from August to November inviting students across ASEAN and Korea to present their thoughts on the ASEAN-Korea digital partnership in the post-COVID-19 era. A total of 112 entries were received from all 10 ASEAN countries and Korea proposing various ideas for promoting ASEAN-Korea digital partnership?from e-commerce and smart cities, to virtual tourism and exhibitions. Overall, the quality of this year’s entries was generally higher than those of previous years which can be seen as evidence of increased interest and awareness of ASEAN-Korea relations among ASEAN and Korean students.

After careful review, 10 essays have been selected as the winning essays (Grand Prize (1 team), Second Prize (2 teams), Third Prize (3 teams), and Special Recognition (4 teams)). The Grand Prize went to the team from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on their essay on “Strengthening ASEAN-ROK Digital-Economic Cooperation via Integrated e-Platform.”

- Grand Prize (1 team) ?Yanminn Yong (Malaysia) and Lee Hock Chye (Singapore) from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

- Second Prize (2 teams) ? Calista Chong (Singapore) from Oxford University, United Kingdom; Kim Youngheon (Korea) from Seoul National University and Nam Hyun Jin (Korea) from Yonsei University, Korea

- Third Prize (3 teams) ? Choi Myungjin and Yoo Jieun (Korea) from Seoul National University, Korea; Michael Joseph G. Ostique (Philippines) from University of Philippines Open; Hoang Hai Yen (Vietnam) from Ho Chi Minh University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam and Le Thi Minh Doan (Vietnam) from SP Jain School of Global Management, Australia

- Special Recognition (4 teams) ? Choi Heera and Jeong Hyunsoo (Korea) from Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea; Ellyaty Priyanka and Nida Azarine Irmanti (Indonesia) from Universitas Gadja Mada, Indonesia; Bora Bormeysophoan and Chey Nalin (Cambodia) from Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Caroline Anne Yong Suk Zhen and Siu Tzyy Wei (Brunei) from Universiti Brunei Darussalam

The online award ceremony will be held during the upcoming Webinar on January 27th followed by a keynote lecture and presentations of the winning essays. During the opening session, Ambassador Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre and Dr. Philips Vermonte, Director of CSIS Indonesia will deliver their remarks, and Professor Choe Wongi of the Center for ASEAN-India Studies of KNDA will give an overall assessment of the essays as the head of the evaluation committee. Also, on the occasion, Ms. Rodora Babaran, Director of Human Development of the ASEAN Secretariat will deliver a keynote lecture on the importance of the role of the youth in the post-COVID-19 recovery. In the second half of the webinar, Professor Kim Hyung Jong of Yonsei University and Professor Cho Wondeuk of the ASEAN-India Studies of KNDA will join to lead discussions following the presentations of the winning essays.

Lee Hyuk, Secretary General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre noted that, “The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digital transformation in ASEAN’s economy and society. As such, ASEAN and Korea will find more opportunities for further cooperation in digital economy and content industry.” He added, “In this context, this year’s ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest was both timely and meaningful in that it invited creative solutions and in-depth research by digital-savvy youths from ASEAN and Korea. I hope the Webinar will provide a platform for the winners to exchange their thoughts with fellow winners and professors and further develop their scholarly works.”

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