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15 Oct 2021


Open Call for Application | 2nd ASEF InnoLab


In line with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)’s mission, ASEF InnoLab, in partnership with Fudan University, a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), creates opportunities for higher education managers from Asia and Europe to meet, learn from each other, and build capacity to address common global challenges together. Managers of higher education are in a unique position to transform and modernize their higher education institutions by introducing tech-savvy, inclusive and sustainable policies. 

“Thanks to the variety of insights from mentors and presenters, I believe, I have strengthened my faculty development strategy, added an action plan, and I have received proper keywords and tools to gain unnecessary support from the management.”

“The most valuable aspect from this type of InnoLabs are the networks, and possibilities to expand the networks in other countries and other business sectors.” 

–Quotes from the 1st ASEFInnoLab participants

ASEFInnoLab is a place where you, as higher education leaders, can exchange good practices and co-create new ideas to move away from business as usual and develop something progressive.

This upcoming 2nd ASEFInnoLab is a 6-week long online project, that brings together university managers, administrators and academics to discuss strategies to enhance their role in the development of artificial intelligence innovation ecosystems. In particular, it will tackle the following two topics:

1 | Teaching and Entrepreneurship for AI Innovation Ecosystems

2 | Research and Technology Transfer in AI Innovation Ecosystems


6-week long programme between 4 November - 9 December 2021


Managers, administrators and academics in charge of AI initiatives, who are keen to explore new ideas, exchange good practices and collaborate with peers in Asia and Europe. 


Upon successful completion, participants will gain:

# Enhanced Understanding of Universities' Role in AI Innovation Ecosystems

# Action Plan to Improve Contribution to Innovation Ecosystems

#Professional Network with Peers in Asia and Europe

# Course Certificate by ASEF and Fudan University 


This programme is fully funded by the organisers to enhance Asia-Europe collaboration in Higher Education. There are no registration or participation fees.  


We accept applications until Monday, 25 October 2021, 10.00AM GMT. More information is available on the project website

Application form is available here

Project description is available here

Flashback of 1st ASEFInnoLab

The 1st ASEFInnoLab featured a 8-week long online project organized between 25 March-13 May 2021. 

  • 28 candidates were selected were selected from 295 applicants from 32 countries. 

  • 20 action plan proposals on AI innovation were generated at the end of the 1st ASEFInnoLab. 

  • TOP 3 proposals will be jointly launched by Fudan University and universities that participants come from.  

  • 11 of the recorded lectures from the 1st ASEFInnoLab are available here.

Let’s meet these higher education leaders from prominent universities in ASEM countries.

ASEF is an intergovernmental not-for-profit organization located in Singapore. Founded in 1997, it is the only institution of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ASEF promotes understanding, strengthens relationships and facilitates cooperation among the people, institutions and organisations of Asia and Europe. ASEF enhances dialogue, enables exchanges and encourages collaboration across the thematic areas of culture, education, governance, sustainable development, economy, public health and media. 

Presented by Fudan University Media Center

Source: International Research Institute of Global Cyberspace Governance of Fudan University, Asia-Europe Foundation