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Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

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Background of Institution

The Asia-Europe Institute has successfully established itself as one of Southeast Asia's leading institutions for postgraduate research and teaching in the area of social sciences. The origins of the AEI can be traced back to the idea of establishing closer higher education linkages between Asia and Europe under the provisions of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) initiative in 1996. With a philosophy of enhancing Asia-Europe relations, AEI aims to foster exchange of students and scholars with a view to develop better understanding of the cultures, histories, politics, institutions, economics, business and legal practices of both regions.

In 1997, the Government of Malaysia established the Asia-Europe Centre (AEC), the first step towards Asia-Europe University cooperation in education, designed to support the Four Pillars of the ASEM process. Three years after its inception, on 2 January 2000, the AEC was transformed into a full-fledged academic institution. It was renamed Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) and is hosted by the University of Malaya, the oldest university in Malaysia.

Over the years, AEI has received staunch support from the Government of Malaysia, working in partnership with other ASEM countries. It reflects Malaysia's commitment to internationalizing higher education and advancing the idea of AEI as an 'educational infrastructure and network of knowledge for Asia and Europe in the twenty-first century'.

AEI aims to be the place where intellectual discourses are held. Key issues on intensifying globalization and the regionalization of environment, international business, innovation and technologies and inter-regional relations between Asia and Europe are discussed. Further, AEI promotes collaborative research with academic as well as government and private sectors. Our research pillars and range of international postgraduate courses indicate the breadth and quality of expertise that AEI can bring to bear. As such, our postgraduate students are central to the realization of a collaborative and innovative education hub for the future.

To be a centre of excellence in teaching, research and multilateralism in Asia and Europe

To spearhead quality academic and research work through smart partnerships between Asia and Europe

Programme Outline

The Asia-Europe Institute offers a range of International Master's degree programmes tailored to the academic background and career needs of students. These programmes offer a number of unique characteristics that will appeal to students from Asia, Europe and the rest of the world.

AEI offers four International Master's programmes in the following subjects:

  • International Master's in ASEAN Studies (IMAS)
  • International Master's in Information Management (IMIM)
  • International Master's in Regional Integration (IMRI)
  • International Master's in Small-and-Medium Enterprises (IMSMEs)

In addition, AEI also conducts Ph.D programmes in Social Sciences and Humanities which is research driven.

The Master's programmes start in September while the Ph.D programmes may begin at any time during the academic year.

Academic Facilities

AEI has a first class specialised Library and Documentation Centre which carries all the reference materials on the students' reading list and provides resources needed for the programmes of study. It also offers access to an increasing range of full-text electronic information resource such as newspapers, journals, and useful websites. In addition, all students have access to the Main Library of the University of Malaya which houses the largest collection of books and journals in the country.

Student Support Services & Facilities

AEI also provides student support services and facilities, such as the following:

  • Tutorial Rooms
  • AEI Resource Centre
  • Auditorium
  • ASEM Meeting Room
  • Computer Rooms
  • Spacious Study Areas
  • IT Workstations
  • Laptop Points
  • Wireless Access
  • Open Spaces for Study Groups
  • Photocopying Facilities
  • Research Rooms
  • Prayer Rooms

Students may also utilize the services and facilities that are made available on campus such as the following:

  • Accommodation
    - Hostels
    - Apartments (within 5 km from the University campus)
  • University of Malaya Library
  • Cultural Centre
  • Student Health Clinic
  • Sports Centre
  • Rimba Ilmu
  • Perdanasiswa Complex
  • Food Courts
  • University Bookshop
  • Rumah Universiti
  • Banks
  • Post Office
  • University Feeder Bus

Contact Details

Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya

50603 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Public University

Tel: 603-7967 6920/4645
Fax: 603-7967 6908
Website: http://aei.um.edu.my

Other Campuses

University of Malaya (UM) (HQ)

International & Corporate Relation Office
50603 Kuala Lumpur
Wilayah Persekutuan

Type: Public University

Tel: 603-7957 3273 / 3423
Fax: 603-7956 0027
Website: https://www.um.edu.my/
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