9th Model ASEM “Asia & Europe – Together for Effective Multilateralism”

Deadline: 12 August 2019
Open to: citizens of any of the 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries, students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and all disciplines, between the ages of 18-30
Benefits: organizers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals


Model ASEM is your first-hand introduction to the exciting world of diplomacy, negotiation and international relations. Being a simulation of the ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM), at the Model ASEM you will have the chance to step into the shoes of ASEM Foreign Ministers and along with other students, debate and exchange perspectives on current political and bi-regional issues.

The Model ASEM series organised by ASEF is unique as it takes place in conjunction with official ASEMFMMs and hence provides participants with a golden opportunity to personally interact with ASEM Foreign Minister and government officials.

The 9th Model ASEM will consist of 3 phases:

Phase 1: Online Preparatory phase (6 weeks)
Prior to playing out your role as a Foreign Minister or Delegation member at the 9th Model ASEM, you will attend online crash courses on policy making, webinars on Asia-Europe relations and complete individual and group tasks and research. During the online preparatory phase you might also get in touch with officials at Ministries of Foreign Affairs to build up a stronger expertise on ASEM.

Phase 2: Model ASEM Simulation in Madrid, Spain (5 days)

The programme in Spain consists of plenary sessions and thematic working groups with a focus on the key topics also discussed by the ASEM Foreign Ministers at the ASEMFMM14. As a concrete outcome, you will develop a consensus-based Chair’s Statement which will be presented to the ASEM Foreign Ministers at the Opening Ceremony of the ASEMFMM14.

In addition, you will also participate in practical trainings, and visit Diplomatic Missions of ASEM countries located in Madrid to gain an in-depth knowledge about their operations and functions.

Phase 3: 14th ASEM Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMFMM14)

This is your chance to attend parts of the official ASEMFMM14 programme and to interact with your Foreign Minister and government officials and/or of other ASEM countries.

The grand finale: Student participants will present a summary of the project’s outcomes to the ASEM Foreign Ministers at the Opening Ceremony of the ASEMFMM14.


The 9th Model ASEM is accessible to all ASEM youth.

The organisers do not discriminate any applicant or participant on the basis of his or her race, national origin (ancestry), colour, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, religion (creed), marital status, or age.

Eligibility criteria


No registration or participation fee. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, accommodation and meals.

Opportunity to interact with ASEM Foreign Ministers and Officials
Participants have the rare chance to meet and interact with ASEM Foreign Ministers and Delegation members as well as with representatives of ASEM Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations.

Diplomacy skills-training
Our renowned think-tank partners and experienced alumni will train participants to master the skills of public speaking, negotiation, team-work, problem solving, policy, advocacy and consensus-building.

Contribute to the ASEM Process
The outcomes of the 9th Model ASEM contribute to the ASEM process and highlight the important role youth plays in the political dialogue between Asia and Europe.

How to apply?

In order to apply you must fill in the application form.

For more information, visit the official web page.