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Asia and Oceania: Expert workshops, university fairs and delegation trips for the initiation of cooperative ventures

In this region, our activities are concentrated on Japan and Australia as well as on the ASEAN states of Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. 

Although the Asian countries are very different from each other, they nevertheless have a common goal: they are currently investing a great deal of money in their universities and research institutes in order to enable them to compete in a highly globalised world.

In the ASEAN region, Indonesia and Malaysia are good examples of this approach. The two countries invest around 5 per cent of GDP and 20 per cent of the national budget respectively in education and research. Analogously to their dynamic economic development, their education sectors offer manifold opportunities for the expansion of cooperation with Germany. Their research facilities are increasingly making a name for themselves in strategic fields of research that are also very important in the Federal State of Baden-Württemberg (for example, bioeconomy in Malaysia).

Among ASEAN countries, Singapore has one of the most effective education systems, with its universities being regularly placed near the top of international rankings. The graduates of Singapore's institutes of higher education obtain better results in their final exams compared to the average for students in other countries around the world. Recently, the education market in the ASEAN region has been given a boost due to the opening-up of Myanmar and the resulting opportunities for Baden-Württemberg to rebuild relationships with the country's institutes of higher education. Moreover, in the north of Asia, Japan has one of the traditionally strongest education systems to be found in the entire world, while the ambition and determination of South Korea as an OECD country are expressed in the reputation of its universities and its endeavours to engage in international cooperation. In the Pacific area, Australia has long been regarded as an education "hub" due to its outstanding universities, colleges and institutes of higher learning.

Our goals include the maintenance of established relationships and the implementation of new cooperative arrangements in research and higher education between Baden-Württemberg and these Asian countries. This includes, on the one hand, marketing measures for higher-education institutes in order stimulate interest in studying in Baden-Württemberg and, on the other, participation in network fairs such as the Asia Pacific Association for International Education. In the past, we have also supported concrete agreements such as the state programmes agreed on by the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science with Malaysia and South Australia. 

Myanmar is the latest partner country in our ASEAN project for the initiation of cooperative relationships. In January 2014, more than forty representatives of Baden-Württemberg companies, associations and higher-education institutes visited the country. The delegation was headed by Dr. Nils Schmid MdL, the Deputy Minister President and Minister of Finance and Economics in the Baden-Württemberg. Following this delegation trip, which was organised by bw-i, Baden-Württemberg, universities signed up to a new cooperative arrangement with the country in the area of higher education. This arrangement is supported by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

Another focal point of our efforts is to strengthen cooperative relationships in the area of research between scientific institutes in Baden-Württemberg and their counterparts in Asia, above all in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Australia. To this end, we organise bilateral expert workshops and delegation trips to specialist fairs. The relevant fields of research include biosciences, production technology, photonics and sustainable technologies as well as the concept of the sustainable city. One recent example of international cooperation in research was a workshop with Korean and Baden-Württemberg researchers in the fields of urban planning, energy and mobility, the aim being to implement plans for the sustainable renovation of existing buildings in Seoul's city districts. Evoking a great deal of interest, this workshop took place in the Seoul Museum of History in March 2015 in collaboration with Seoul National University and KIT. For the year 2016, a symposium is planned in order to continue these endeavours and discuss the topic further.

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In-Sook  Choi

In-Sook Choi

Science, Research and the Arts
Regional Manager ASEAN, Japan, Korea and Australia

Tel.: +49 (0)711 22787-981
Fax: +49 (0)711 22787-22
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