The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPE) was established by the New Zealand government to enhance our engagement with the ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste. The Southeast Asia CAPE is hosted by Victoria University of Wellington as part of a consortium of New Zealand universities.
As well as strengthening engagement with this region, the Southeast Asia CAPE works with New Zealand exporters, young people, government agencies and others to improve understanding of these countries and build knowledge of their economies, languages, cultures and business protocols.
Through a range of programmes and initiatives, the Southeast Asia CAPE will show New Zealanders why and how to deepen our understanding of these valuable economies. This will ensure that the knowledge and skills we build will be broadly disseminated to our target clients, namely New Zealand businesses, schools, tertiary students, migrant communities and the wider public.
Three government-funded CAPEs (North Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America) were established in July 2017 to enhance New Zealand's cultural understanding of and business engagement with these regions. Supported by four of New Zealand's leading universities – University of Auckland, Victoria University of Wellington, Otago University and University of Waikato – the CAPEs harness academic expertise, evidence-based research, stakeholder experience and industry acumen to help ensure best practice with these regions.
The universities affiliated with the CAPEs offer contributions across multiple disciplines, as well as industry acumen and strategic linkages throughout the Asia-Pacific.