The ASEAN Studies Centre at ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute organised a seminar on 24 August 2015 to share the findings from an update of a survey on undergraduates’ awareness of and attitudes towards ASEAN. The survey update, which builds on findings of an earlier survey in 2007, was carried out in 2014-15 among 4623 students from 22 universities across the region. The 2014 survey findings highlight that region-wide, ASEAN-positive attitudes have remained consistent among young educated citizens in the region. Students displayed more knowledge about ASEAN, and consider themselves “citizens of ASEAN”. They also ranked people-related priorities higher as important aspects of regional cooperation.
The seminar was held in conjunction with the 48th ASEAN Day reception hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore. In his speech, Minister for Foreign Affairs K Shanmugam referred to the survey results and noted that regional economic integration must be complemented by efforts for a stronger regional identity. Citing the survey results, Mr Shanmugam observed that “We are on the right track when our youths see themselves as part of the ASEAN community and feel a shared sense of responsibility for ASEAN’s future”.
A fact-sheet of the key findings from the 2014 Survey is available here.