The ASEAN-Australia Strategic Youth Partnership (AASYP) seeks to build on the strong relationship between ASEAN and Australia by inspiring the next generation of scholars, business people, public servants and social entrepreneurs to engage with the region.
In 2014, ASEAN and Australia elevated their relationship to a Strategic Partnership. The creativity, ambition and power of youth should be harnessed to tackle regional challenges and areas of mutual interest.
Over 100,000 youth from across ASEAN study in Australia every year, and thousands of Australians look to ASEAN Member States for travel, work and study opportunities.
However, there is a lack of knowledge about ASEAN and its Member States amongst Australian youth.
AASYP aims to inspire Australian and ASEAN youth to engage with each other to learn more about the region, ASEAN affairs and ASEAN-Australia cooperation.
It also aims to bring greater visibility to the contributions of youth in strengthening the ASEAN-Australia relationship, to encourage collaboration amongst youth actively working to address regional challenges, and to share opportunities.
Through our activities, AASYP will reinforce the Plan of Action to Implement the ASEAN-Australia Strategic Partnership to:
3.2.1. Strengthen engagement between Australian and ASEAN higher education
institutions, staff and students and promote ASEAN and Australian
awareness and studies, including through two-way mobility of students and
staff, as well as through the New Colombo Plan and other scholarships
3.2.10. Encourage expansion of ASEAN-Australia youth exchange and internship