Mount Penanggunan, East, Java, Indonesia (Credit: Hadi Sidomulyo)
The Field School began in 2012 with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Singapore). The Field School aims to increase knowledge of the meaningful interactions between Asian countries, with particular attention to intra-Asian engagement in the last two millennia, and create a community of East Asia Summit (EAS) scholars. The Field School intentions will enhance practical skills; expand professional networks; and strengthen partnerships during the process of experiential learning.
Between 2012 and 2017 the Field Schools were conducted in Cambodia and Singapore, and in 2018 the Field School was conducted in East Java, Indonesia, and Singapore. Institutions within the EAS that have collaborated in this project in Cambodia include the Royal University of Fine Arts (RUFA); the Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap (APSARA Authority); the National Authority for Preah Vihear (NAPV); the Royal Academy of Cambodia; Sydney University; Pusat Penelitian Arkeologi Nasional (ARKENAS; National Centre for Archaeological Research), Indonesia; Ubaya Penanggungan Centre (UPC) and the Australian National University.
The 18 East Asia Summit countries are: Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam.