ASEAN Studies Center, Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Universitas Gadjah Mada, is proud to launch our 1st ASEAN Youth Initiative Empowerment Program 2016 that aims to increase the awareness of ASEAN issues among youth as the asset to take the opportunity in this integrated region. AYIEP 2016 will be held on August 14-21, 2016 by addressing the theme “Regional Diversity in Constructing ASEAN Identity”.
Although ASEAN is politically cohesive, economically integrated, and socially responsible in order to effectively respond to the current and future challenges and opportunities, however, the regional diversity on the minor issues believed as the importance bridge in connecting and strengthening the ASEAN member States and peoples which differ significantly in ethnic people, culture, religion, and historic experiences. The awareness of ASEAN identity could lead the young generation to contribute on the problem solving for the development of ASEAN Community.
Therefore, AYIEP 2016 has decided to deliver three important subthemes to represent the diversity and the dynamism of ASEAN member states, these subthemes are seen to be paramount as part of the development and integration of the ASEAN community as mentioned above. These sub-themes are reflecting the implications of incorporated values which are being hold by ASEAN as an organization; Disability, Women and Children, and Religious Ethnic Groups.