(previously: Austrian - South-East Asian University Partnership

since 4th Plenary Meeting: ASEAN-European Academic
University Network)


A Survey

The foundations for this network were laid by informal contacts between Innsbruck University and Thai Universities that date back to the late 1970s. Official visits followed, and partnerships were concluded in the 1980s between the University of Innsbruck and Chulalongkorn and Mahidol in Bangkok, the University of Vienna and Chiang Mai, the University of Agricultural Sciences in Vienna and Kasetsart in Bangkok. In 1992 Innsbruck/Chulalongkorn/Vienna/ Chiang Mai included one another in their cooperations. A partnership agreement was concluded with Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta (1990) and university relations also developed substantially with Vietnam. Interconnections were established between Austria's partner institutions in Thailand and other countries in the region. The idea of ASEA-UNINET was born.



With the target to unify all these bilateral partnership agreements into one multilateral partnership, the initiator, Prof. B. M. Rode, invited interested universities in Austria, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam to participate in the 1st Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City. At this time the infrastructure of the organization was laid down jointly by the participants.


The Meetings

The 1st Plenary Meeting was held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in December 1994.

The 2nd Plenary Meeting was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in February 1996.

The 3rd Plenary Meeting was held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in February 1998 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Innsbruck, Austria, in October 1998.

The 4th Plenary Meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, in July 1999 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Trento, Italy, in May 2000.

The 5th Plenary Meeting was held in Phuket, Thailand, in February 2001 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Ioannina, Greece, in September 2001.

The 6th Plenary Meeting was held in Trento, Italy, in July 2002 followed by an interim meeting of the National Coordinators in Utrecht, Netherlands, in July 2003.

The 7th Plenary Meeting was held in Denpasar, Indonesia, in February 2004. The National Coordinators meeting was held in Oviedo, Spain, in September 2004.

The 8th Plenary Meeting was held in Oxford, U.K., in July 2005. The National Coordinators meeting was held in Vienna, Austria, in April 2006.

The 9th Plenary Meeting was held in Nha Trang, Vietnam, in February 2007. The next National Coordinators meeting will be held in Murcia, Spain , in October 2007


Focal Areas

Almost all areas of academic and economic interest are represented within ASEA-UNINET. Current focus areas of cooperation can be found in the Minutes of the Plenary Meetings.



In 1994 this network comprised 25 universities from Austria, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.

From 1997 to date universities from further countries have joined the network:

Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Sweden, Spain and the U.K., Malaysia. Pakistan has an associated status for specific projects.

At the present time (May 2007), 16 countries comprising a total of 63 universities are members of ASEA-UNINET.



Each Member University has an ASEA-UNINET Coordinator, each country a National Coordinator and each continent a Regional Coordinator.
The Chairman is elected at the Plenary Meeting for approx. a 1 ½ year period.

Detailed information is available on member universities and can be found here.

There is also a Notice Board so that information which is of general interest can be dispersed



  • Joint research projects in the focus areas
  • Staff exchange/student exchange (short-term)
  • Graduate programmes (mainly Ph.D. studies) and postgraduate education
  • Specialized training courses



Funding is provided by ministries, the universities and further funding is sought within the programmes of the EU.

Due to the well-functioning infrastructure of the network, it also provides

  • to companies seeking contacts for projects
  • for political and economic delegations
  • for city and regional partnerships


Statement of Mission

Having in mind the process of increasing globalization and of continuous internationalisation of education and research,

Considering the importance of science and research for development and indigenous capacity building,

Noting with interest the ASEM process between European and Asian States,

Being aware that networking and partnerships are the most promising way to achieve success within this context,

ASEA UNINET was founded in 1994 by Austrian and some S.E.Asian (Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese) universities as an association of European and South-East Asian universities with the following aims:

  • to encourage and facilitate cooperation between academic institutions in staff/student exchange, teaching and research activities
  • to promote scientific, cultural and human relationships and personal contacts
  • to encourage and initiate projects of mutual interest and benefit for faculties, staff and students
  • to assist in forming coalitions of resources for academic activities between member institutions
  • to facilitate contacts between universities, governmental and non-governmental organisations and economic operators engaged in projects related to education, science, technology and art in countries with member universities
  • to act as a forum of continuous discussions on the progress of these projects, and serving as a network of excellence providing expertise and initiatives for entities seeking European-S.E.Asian relations in the fields mentioned above.

For these programmes financing will be sought by all member institutions from university and national government sources.

Contributions to projects will be made by the universities on the basis of fair balance according to their economic and financial situation.

Additional financial support will be sought from regional (e.g. EU, ASEAN) as well as international agencies and from the private sector according to available project lines.




Country University, Town Member since
Austria *University of Innsbruck 1994
*University of Vienna 1994
*University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna 1994
Technical University, Vienna 1994
University of Economics, Vienna 1994
Technical University, Graz 1994
University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna 1996
University of Mining, Leoben 1996
University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna 1997
University of Graz 1998
University of Linz 1998
University of Salzburg 1998
University of Music and Performing Arts, Salzburg 1998
University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz 1998
Medical University of Innsbruck 2004
Medical University of Graz 2004
Medical University of Vienna 2004
Czech Republic Technical University of Prague 1997
Denmark University of Southern Denmark 1997
Germany Freiburg University 2002
Greece University of Ioannina 1998
Indonesia *Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta 1994
Institute of Technology Surabaya, Surabaya 1994
Diponegoro University, Semarang 1994
Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta 1996
Technical Institute Bandung, Bandung 1999
Udayana University 2008
Italy University of Trento 1999
University of Verona 2001
Technical University of Milan 2002
University of Genoa 2008
Malaysia Universiti Putra Malaysia 2007
Netherlands University of Utrecht 1998
University of Groningen 2002
Pakistan University of Karachi 2006
Philippines University of the Philippines 1997
Russia Saint Petersburg State Polytechnical University 2007
Spain University of Barcelona 1997
University of Oviedo 1998
University of Murcia 2005
Thailand *Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 1994
*Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai 1994
*Kasetsart University, Bangkok 1994
*Mahidol University, Bangkok 1994
King Mongkut's Inst. of Tech., Thonburi, Bangkok 1994
King Mongkut's Inst. of Tech., Ladkrabang, Bangkok 1994
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology, North Bangkok 1994
Prince of Songkla University, Songkla 1994
Suranaree Univ. of Technology, Nakhon Ratchasima 1994
Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 1994
Silpakorn University, Bangkok 1998
Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok 1998
Mahasarakham University 2001
Naresuan University, Phitsanulok 2002
Thammasat University, Bangkok 2002
Burapha University 2007
Ramkhamhaeng University 2008
Ubon Ratchathani University 2008
U.K. University of Middlesex 1997
Vietnam Hanoi National University of Technology, Hanoi 1994
Hanoi National Economics University, Hanoi 1994
Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City 1994
University of Medicine and Pharmacy, HCM City 1994
Conservatory of Music, Hanoi 2005
Hue University 2005
University of Danang 2007
University of Transport and Communications 2007

*Founder Member
Status 2/2007