The U.S. Department of State’s IDEAS Program is honored to implement the U.S.-ASEAN University Connections Initiative (UCI), a White House initiative announced during the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit in May 2022. The UCI will bring together leaders from diverse colleges and universities in the United States and ASEAN for a series of virtual and in-person trainings, in partnership with the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). Spanning the 2022-2023 academic year, these professional development and networking opportunities are designed to foster sustainable international academic partnerships and the two-way exchange of students, scholars, and researchers between U.S. and ASEAN higher education institutions.

Key Program activities include:

  • Virtual Training Series: three virtual trainings designed by AIEA to take place in late 2022/early 2023. Each webinar will be tailored to either an American or ASEAN audience, but all webinars are free and open to the public. Webinar descriptions and registration links will be updated on this website; fill out this interest form to be sure to receive any updates.
    • Introduction to U.S. Higher Education: This is the first in a series of three webinars hosted by the U.S.–ASEAN University Connections Initiative (UCI). This webinar features an introduction to U.S. higher education, intended for those looking to build partnerships with U.S.-based institutions. While this event is designed for an ASEAN audience, all higher education attendees may benefit from the information shared, regardless of their country of residence.
    • Introduction to ASEAN Higher Education Institutions: For U.S. institutions. January 19, 2023 at 11:00am EST
      More details and registration coming soon.
    • Focus on Partnerships: For all higher education institutions. February 2, 2023 at 8:00pm EST
      More details and registration coming soon.
  • In-Person Professional Networking: Join the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the IDEAS Program, and UCI Fellows at the Annual AIEA Conference, February 19-23, 2023 in Washington, D.C.
  • Coming Summer/Fall 2023: Virtual U.S. – ASEAN UCI Partnerships Toolkit, developed by AIEA and the IDEAS Program, to promote the development of research/curricular collaborations, dual/joint degrees, and the two-way exchange of students, faculty, and/or researchers in a variety of fields between the United States and ASEAN– and beyond! Fill out this interest form to be sure to receive a PDF copy once available.

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