To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, we've partnered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to bring out leaders from ASEAN universities, research institutes and businesses to undertake a series of briefings and public seminars throughout 2018 and 2019.

The purpose of the ASEAN@50 Fellowship Programme is to build mutual knowledge and understanding between New Zealand and ASEAN while also strengthening New Zealand's relations with the region. The initiative is consistent with the goals of the People Strategy of the ASEAN/NZ Strategic Partnership and the Plan of Action 2016-2020 to enhance a better understanding between ASEAN and New Zealand. It also aligns with key objectives of the SEA CAPE to broaden and deepen understanding of ASEAN and its constituent member nations in New Zealand.

Five visiting fellows were awarded and announced in May 2018. Read more about them here.

Two of the Fellows - Dr Pavida Pananond (Thailand) and Mr Senthil Senthil Danapalan (Malaysia) - visited New Zealand in November and December 2018.

The remaining three Fellows Thitinan Pongsudhirak (Thailand), Nguyen Duc Thanh (Vietnam) and Aries Ayuson Arugay (Philippines) visited New Zealand in February 2019. Read on here for full details of their trip.

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