Sunday, April 21, 2019

Call for Papers: 2018 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest


The ASEAN-Korea Centre is an intergovernmental organization mandated to promote cooperation between ASEAN Member States and Korea.

The AKC is hosting the 2018 ASEAN-Korea Academic Essay Contest together with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), and with support from the ASEAN SecretariatROK Ministry of Foreign AffairsSeoul National University Asia Center and Chulalongkorn University ASEAN Studies Center.

This year,The ASEAN-Korea Centre has expanded the size of the Contest to award 15 winners: 5 Koreans and 10 ASEAN winners (1 from each ASEAN Member State).

The winners will be provided opportunities for a Study Trip to Korea and participate in a Workshop to present their papers, as well as visiting academic and governmental institutions and cultural sites in Korea.

THEME (select one of the following themes)

1. ASEAN’s Contributions for Peace on the Korean Peninsula
On 27 April 2018, the leaders of South and North Korea announced the Panmunjom Declaration as a result of the 3rd inter-Korean Summit. This was followed by the 1st DRPK-US Summit held on 12 June 2018 in Singapore, the ASEAN Chair for 2018. How has ASEAN contributed for the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and how will it continue to maintain its roles?

2. Forging Towards a Prosperous ASEAN Economic Community
Among the three pillars of the ASEAN Community, AEC is arguably the most important pillar with aims to achieve the vision of regional economic integration which collectively becomes the third largest economy in Asia and the sixth largest in the world. How can AEC achieve such deep economic integration? What are the visions and policies that can be utilized, and what are the obstacles to overcome for ASEAN to achieve this goal?

3. Unity in Diversity: Building an ASEAN Identity
As the phrase “Unity in Diversity” suggests, ASEAN showcases true diversity with more than 300 ethnic groups, 700 languages, numerous religions and folk cultures within its 10 Member States. Although ASEAN has developed as a regional community over the past 50 years, there is yet to be an ASEAN identity that brings its people together as one, as the perception of ASEAN identity is still underdeveloped. How should ASEAN Member States cooperate to build the sense of an ASEAN identity? How can ASEAN truly achieve “One Vision, One Identity, One Community”, as reflected in its motto?

4. A Cooperation Model for Korea’s New Southern Policy
Since its inauguration in May 2017, Korea’s Moon administration announced the New Southern Policy which promised to elevate its diplomatic ties with ASEAN to the level of four major powers around the Korean Peninsula. What should the Korean government do to effectively promote the ASEAN-Korea relations, and how can ASEAN Member States contribute for the success of the New Southern Policy?

The contest invites all ASEAN and Korean undergraduate and graduate students.

English or Korean
*Abstract must be written in English for both English and Korean essays.

Submission: 30 September 2018 (Korea Standard Time)
Winner Announcement: 5 November 2018
Required Documents:

  1. Essay
  2. Abstract
  3. Application form 




Max. 4,000 words or 10 pages
Times New Roman
12 points
1.5 interlinear

Max. 3,000 words or 10 pages
11 points
1.5 interlinear

*Abstract: Max. 500 words / 1 page

- Essays must be submitted and formatted in Microsoft Word.
- In-text citations must be made in APA (sixth edition). 


  • 10 ASEAN winners (1 winner from each ASEAN Member State)
  • 5 Korean winners


  • Winners will be invited to an academic workshop to present their essays.
  • Winners will be offered an opportunity for a study trip (4 nights/5 days) either to an ASEAN country or to Korea based on their nationalities:
    • Korean students – Visits to the ASEAN-Korea Centre, universities, research institutes, and cultural sites in ASEAN.
    • ASEAN students – Visits to the ASEAN-Korea Centre, universities, research institutes and cultural sites in Korea.

*Travel expenses will be covered by the ASEAN-Korea Centre.


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