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Mission & Objectives

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, economy, education, governance, public health and sustainable development. ASEF is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)1.

Together with about 700 partner organisations ASEF has run more than 650 projects, mainly conferences, seminars and workshops. Over 17,000 Asians and Europeans have actively participated in its activities and it has reached much wider audiences through its networks, web-portals, publications, exhibitions and lectures.

The ASEF Classroom Network (ASEF ClassNet)2 is one of programmes developed by ASEF and is the only programme that connects secondary and high schools. The original challenge was to harness the potential of Infocomm Technology (ICT) in connecting secondary and high schools of Asia and Europe and construct the framework for a "cyber classroom" that would promote intellectual and inter-cultural exchanges. The ASEF ClassNet was conceived at a brainstorming session attended by secondary and high school teachers and educators from Asia and Europe held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 1998. The programme has since evolved to encourage more active interactions between secondary and high schools in Asia and Europe.

In summary, the key objectives of the ASEF ClassNet programme are to:

foster collaborations among secondary and high school teachers and students in Asia and Europe with the view to promoting collaborative, cross-cultural learning and exchanges among ASEM countries

encourage the advancement of education through the use of Infocomm Technology (ICT)

develop innovative and interactive platforms offering inter-cultural learning opportunities for secondary and high schools in Asia and Europe

develop a network of secondary and high schools in Asia and Europe

ASEM brings together 51 member states (Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Lao PDR, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Viet Nam) plus the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union.

2 Formerly known as the Asia-Europe Classroom Network (AEC-NET)