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Progress Report of the ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme

Secretariat for ASEM-DUO Fellowship July 2003

1. Background

2000. 10 Korea, France and Singapore jointly proposed the ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme (ASEM-DUO) at ASEM 3 held in Seoul, Korea, and this initiative was endorsed by the summit.
2001. 4 Representatives of 16 ASEM countries participated in the Expert Group Meeting held in Seoul, to develop details of ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme.
2001. 9 A Secretariat for ASEM-DUO Fellowship was established in Seoul, Korea.
2001. 12 DUO-Korea Fellowship Program 2001 selected 8 pairs of students and professors each.
2002. 5 DUO-Singapore Fellowship Programme 2002 selected 18 pairs of students
2002. 6 DUO-France 2002/3 Fellowship Programme selected 16 exchange projects. DUO-Korea 2002 selected 19 pairs of students, 2 pairs of high school teachers and 14 pairs of professors.
2002. 9 Denmark announced to join the ASEM-DUO Fellowship as a contributing partner at the ASEM 4 held in Copenhagen,Denmark.
2003. 5 DUO-Singapore 2003/4 selected 27 pairs of students.
2003. 6 DUO-France 2003/4 selected 9 projects and DUO-Korea 16 pairs of professors and 33 pairs of students
2003. 8 DUO-Denmark will announce awardees



2. Purpose of the ASEM-DUO

The ASEM-DUO aims at contributing to better enhance reciprocal academic exchanges between the students and the teachers of the European Union and Asian ASEM member countries. It is dedicated not only to increase the number of people-to-people exchanges between the two regions but also to encourage the development of bilateral exchange programs: through creating new programs or inducing people’s active engagement to exchange programs which have already been established but in dormancy



3. Structure and Principles

1) Structure of the ASEM-DUO The ASEM-DUO Fellowship Program is basically an umbrella program, and actual fellowships are provided by individual program. At present, there are four such individual programs, and they are respectively called DUO-Denmark, DUO-France, DUO-Korea and DUO-Singapore, reflecting the contributing member countries. All these individual programs are governed by a set of Core Principles and the rest of the specific details of the programs are to be prescribed by the contributing members.

2) Core Principles
Core Principles, which govern all individual fellowship programs, consist of three principles. They are as follows:

■   Only pairs of students or teachers between the two educational institutions, one in Asia and the other in Europe, are to be supported.
■   The standardized duration of financial support - Financial support is given in terms of units, not in terms of months or years; for students, one unit comprises of six months; for teachers, one unit is one month.
■   The standardized amount of financial support - 12,000 euros for a pair of students for 1 unit (total of 12,000 euros for two students for six months), and 6,000 euros for a pair of teachers for 1 unit (total of 6,000 euros for two teachers for one month). Each individual program may specify the maximum number of units for support.



4. Progress of individual DUO Programs (in alphabetical order)

Current individual DUO programs slightly differ in details, while fully observing the Core Principles. Current status and characteristics of each program are as follows:

1) DUO-Denmark
Under the auspices of the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DUO-Denmark was launched on April 1 2003. The announcement of the DUO-Denmark was made through the ASEM-DUO website, http://www.asemduo.org and the information letters to ASEM-DUO contact points in ASEM member countries were sent out from the secretariat.

The objective of this fellowship is to promote the creation of the closest possible bilateral links between the higher educational institutions in Denmark and Asian countries, by financing the exchange of students and professors in pairs. Therefore, DUO-Denmark does not support existing exchange projects but support new projects or projects with new developments. This year, DUO-Denmark received 17 applications from educational institutions until June 15th. The selection of exchange projects will be made by August.

2) DUO-France
DUO-France, financed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aims at supporting cooperation projects (post graduate level only) between higher-education institutions located in France and in the Asian ASEM countries. Like DUO-Denmark, DUO-France does not support existing projects but encourages their development or helps in the creation of new projects. Selection of persons to be exchanged under the projects is left with the educational institution.
In June 2002, the selection of projects was made for 16 exchange projects, which involved institutions in France, and 8 Asian member countries Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Singapore, China, Philippines, and Malaysia. A total of 48 students and 44 professors are to be exchanged. As of June 2003, 8 professors have successfully completed exchanges and 17 students and 7 professors are under exchanges.

3) DUO-Korea
DUO-Korea was launched in 2001. Other than Core Principles, this program requires cooperation agreements signed between the two educational institutions and the persons to be exchanged are selected under the cooperation agreement before submitting applications. DUO-Korea does not impose any further requirements, in order to encourage as many applications as possible.
In 2001, DUO-Korea selected 16 pairs of applicants, 8 for exchanges of students and 8 for professors, which involve 9 European member countries - Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom - and nine Korean universities across the country. Among those selected, all students and 13 professors selected have successfully completed exchanges.
In 2002, DUO-Korea selected 2 pairs of high school teachers, 14 pairs of professors and 19 pairs of students in July. The decision involves European educational institutions from 10 European member countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the U.K.). As of June 2003, 12 pairs of professors and all pairs of students have successfully completed exchanges.
In 2003, applications were called for from April until June 15th. Out of 106 pairs of applicants, 16 pairs of professors and 33 pairs of students are selected from 10 European countries-Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

4) DUO-Singapore
Announced in November 2001, DUO-Singapore invited applications for the academic year 2002/2003, twice in 2002. The first batch of exchange was selected in May 2002; there were 14 pairs of students. It involved all three Singaporean universities, and European educational institutions from 6 European member countries (France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.). The second batch consisting of 4 pairs of students was selected in October 2002. This year, DUO-Singapore received applications until April 15 and selected 27 pairs of students for two semesters year 2003-4 from all related 9 European countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.
Announced in November 2001, DUO-Singapore invited applications for the academic year 2002/2003, twice in 2002. The first batch of exchange was selected in May 2002; there were 14 pairs of students. It involved all three Singaporean universities, and European educational institutions from 6 European member countries (France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and the U.K.). The second batch consisting of 4 pairs of students was selected in October 2002. This year, DUO-Singapore received applications until April 15 and selected 27 pairs of students for two semesters year 2003-4 from all related 9 European countries including Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.



5. The ASEM-DUO Secretariat

To facilitate the implementation of the ASEM-DUO initiative, the Secretariat serves as a focal contact point and depository for relevant information of the programme besides providing administrative assistance. A minimum coordination among individual DUO programs is indeed indispensable in order to maintain consistency and avoid duplicating support, as well as to maximize the effectiveness of the programs and minimize the cost of implementation. The Secretariat also serves, depending on each country's needs, as a center for the receiving and processing applications for ASEM-DUO programs. In that respect, the Secretariat work closely with ASEM partners which are interested in the ASEM-DUO programme including contributing partners, in designing procedure and implementing programs, which would best suit the needs of each partner.
The original target of funds for the ASEM-DUO was 26 million Euros for the period of 2001 through 2005. In 2001, Korea, France and Singapore together committed a total of approximately 6 million Euros for five years. DUO-Denmark joined later committing 538,000 Euros for 3 consecutive years from 2003. The funds available for all DUO 2003 programs are expected to be approximately 1,203,500 Euros; this breaks down into 179,500 Euros for DUO-Denmark, 448,000 Euros for DUO-France, 360,000 Euros for DUO-Korea, 216,000 Euros for DUO-Singapore. This amount of fellowship for each DUO programs may be adjusted later according to the future changes of the exchange rate of Euro to each national currency and confirmed number of awardees by DUO Denmark in August.

In order to increase participation by ASEM member countries, the Director General of the Secretariat visited, in January this year, several Asian member countries, including China, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and Philippines. Constructive discussions were held with relevant officials in the ministries of foreign affairs and education, regarding more active participation and also the possibility of financial contribution to the ASEM-DUO programs.



6. The Meeting

1) Individual Meeting with contributing DUO partners
Mr. K. J. Sung, Director General of ASEM-DUO, visited government officials involved in DUO programme in early July.
The subjects of discussion included the following;

i. Progress of individual programme
ii. Cooperation among contributing partners
iii. Extension of ASEM DUO program
iv. Current issues concerning the programme including the 2nd expert meeting.
It is under discussion that the 2nd DUO Expert Meeting takes place in Seoul., Korea in November. Officers in charge of ASEM-DUO programmes and experts are all invited.

The tentative meeting agenda is as follows:

i. Core Principles and experiences of individual DUO programs
ii. Progress of the ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme
iii. Implementation report of the Secretariat
iv. Future expansion plan
v. Other issues raised by contributing countries