The ASEAN Centre’s 10th Anniversary

The ASEAN Centre’s 10th Anniversary

16 June 2020

This year the ASEAN Centre celebrates its 10th Anniversary. It was established in 2010 in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between ASEAN and MGIMO University signed by the then ASEAN Secretary General Dr. Surin Pitsuvan and Academician Anatoly Torkunov, the Rector of MGIMO.

For the past ten years ASEAN Centre has become a focal point that brings together all those students, young researchers, experts, scholars, businessmen, and artists who are genuinely interested in developing ASEAN-Russia people-to-people relations.

During these years the ASEAN Centre was honored to welcome a number of high-level representatives of Southeast Asian political elite. Among them were both the incumbent Secretary General of ASEAN H.E. Lim Jock Hoi and his predecessor H.E. Le Luong Minh, the President of the Republic of the Philippines H.E. Rodrigo Roa Duterte, ministers and heads of other governmental agencies of Southeast Asian states, ASEAN Ambassadors to Russia and other representatives of the diplomatic corps.

The Centre’s hallmark events of the past ten years are ASEAN-Russia University Forums and the ASEAN-Russia Forum on Education, youth summits, meetings of the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group and the Network of the ASEAN-Russia Think Tanks, the ASEAN Kid’s Summit. The Centre published hundreds of analytical materials prepared by its experts, organized and supported dozens of cultural events and business projects, which involved Centre’s partners both in Russia and ASEAN member-states.

Among the new projects are the ASEAN Academic Days, that will become an annual program. The Centre plans to prepare new academic publications and to continue expert dialogue with research centers in ASEAN countries, academic and educational centers in Russia.