ASEAN Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan talks about the future of ASEAN at the launch of the ANU Southeast Asia Institute.
The Australian National University has the largest community of academic specialists on Southeast Asia in the world, outside Southeast Asia itself. Around eighty academics have significant research interests in Southeast Asia, and they supervise close to 200 research students, as well as teaching a strong range of undergraduate and Master's courses in Southeast Asian Studies. Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese languages are taught as a full program, and Tetum and Javanese are offered from time to time. The Institute is located within the University's College of Asia and the Pacific, but it serves scholars on Southeast Asia throughout the university.
The University's strength in Southeast Asian studies is based in a long history of national engagement with the region. The University has trained several generations of Australian diplomats working in Asia, it has trained ministers in many Southeast Asian governments, its researchers have provided expert advice to administrations in both Southeast Asia and Australia and have been engaged with community groups of many kinds. Southeast Asia research at ANU have strongly shaped national and international understandings of the region.
The primary scope of the Institute covers Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam, as well as ASEAN as the major regional organization, with ANU researchers also engaged with Southeast Asia's connections with its neighbours by land and by sea and with the wider world.
Further information about the Institute is available at http://seai.cap.anu.edu.au/