AUN AEC Thematic Network (AUN-AEC)


AEC Thematic Network has been established to serve as a platform to promote on collaborative research between academic, industry, government agencies, and relevant organisations in support of policy making focusing on ASEAN Economic Community related issues. AUN-AEC has key objectives as follows:

  • To strengthen research collaborations between ASEAN universities and industry on issues pertinent to the AEC and the deepening of economic integration within ASEAN
  • To facilitate exchanges of experts between ASEAN universities and industry that can facilitate a deeper understanding of the AEC in each member country
  • To deepen the engagement of ASEAN universities and industries with policy formulation and its implementation in each member country

AUN-AEC was established in 2015 in line with the initiative raised at the AUN Board of Trustees Meeting 2014 that AUN enhance its engagements in ASEAN Economic Community building through university-industry collaborations. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia in cooperation with AUN and the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (Ministry of Foreign Relations, Malaysia) organised the first ASEAN Economic Community Forum Forum on 21 May 2015 at the Institute of Diplomacy & Foreign Relations (IDFR), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The outcome of the forum was the proposal to establish AUN-AEC Thematic Network in order to provide a platform for academic sector to enhance research collaborations, engagements with business community and policy relevance to governments toward regional integration. The secretariat is currently based at Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

What We Do
ASEAN Economic Integration Forum (AEIF)

AEIF is a flagship bi-annual event serving as platform to share and discuss pertinent issues and challenges in relation to ASEAN economic integration in several aspects including socio-economic and political prospects. The forum is organised by AUN-AEC Secretariat through UKM IKMAS in collaboration with universities from ASEAN, Europe, international organisations, government agencies, and business partners. For more information about AEIF, please visit here!

Event Theme Date/Venue Key Discussions
1st AEIF Towards Global ASEAN: Prospects, Impacts, and Challenges 14-15 Sep 2016,

Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration, Kuala Lumpur
Priority policy concerns of main stakeholders of ASEAN integration: ASEAN countries, business sectors, foreign investors, policy makers, civil society
2nd AEIF 50 Years, and Beyond: Forging and Inclusive ASEAN 14-15 Sep 2017,

United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok
Empowering ASEAN Women in business, sustainable development for inclusive growth, ASEAN integration in CLMV, impact of industrial revolution 4.0 on ASEAN future, ASEAN open sky policy
ASEAN Economic Integration Platform (AEIP)

Following the successful organisation of the past AEIF, ASEAN Economic Integration Platform was established in 2017 as a collaborative platform with a key mission to develop research collaboration by academics, government agencies, and industries to serve policy advocacy in support of the implementation of ASEAN policies in focus areas such as aviation, e-entrepreneurship, and financial services.


AUN-AEC members include 30 AUN Member Universities and the network also welcomes interested universities and organisations in ASEAN and beyond. For more information, please contact AUN-AEC Secretariat.

Contact AUN AEC Thematic Network Secretariat

Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 UKM Bangi Selangor Darul Ehsan
Phone: +603-8921 3949/3782