Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Asia-Europe Institute, University of MalayaThe Asia-Europe Institute has successfully established itself as one of Southeast Asia’s leading institutions for social science postgraduate research and teaching. Established under the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) process with a philosophy of enhancing Asia-Europe relations, AEI aims to foster exchange of students and scholars with a view to develop better understanding of the cultures, histories, politics, institutions, economics, business and legal practices of both regions.

The origins of the AEI can be traced back to the idea of establishing closer higher education linkages between Asia and Europe under the provisions of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) initiative in 1996.

In 1997, the Government of Malaysia established the Asia-Europe Centre (AEC), the first step of Asia-Europe University cooperation in education designed to support the Fourth Pillar of the ASEM process. Three years after its inception, on January 2nd 2000, the AEC was transformed into a full-fledged academic institution. It was renamed Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) and hosted by the University of Malaya, the oldest university in Malaysia.

Over the years, the AEI has received staunch support from the Government of Malaysia, working in partnership with other ASEM countries. It reflects Malaysia’s commitment to internationalizing higher education and advancing the idea of the AEI as an ‘educational infrastructure and knowledge of network for Asia and Europe in the twenty-first century’.
The AEI aims to be the place where intellectual discourses are held. Key issues on intensifying globalization and regionalization environment, international business, innovation and technologies and inter-regional relations between Asia and Europe are discussed. Further AEI promotes collaborative research with academic as well as government and private sector institutions. AEI’s research pillars and range of international postgraduate courses indicate the breadth and quality of expertise that the AEI can bring to bear. As such, AEI’s postgraduate students are central to the realization of a collaborative and innovative education hub for the future.

Asia-Europe Institute Programmes

The Asia-Europe Institute (AEI) offers a range of International Masters degree programmes tailored to the academic background and career needs of students. These programmes offer a number of unique characteristics that will appeal to students from Asia, Europe and the rest of the world.

AEI offers four International Masters programmes in the following subjects :

  • ASEAN Studies (IMAS)
  • Information Management (IMIM)
  • Regional Integration (IMRI)
  • Small-and-Medium Enterprises (IMSMEs)

In addition, AEI also conducts Ph.D programme which is research driven.

All the existing teaching/learning programmes reflect a number of unique characteristics that further the aims and objective of enhancing higher education cooperation and exchange: partnership; an international outlook; and high quality staff.

Asia-Europe Institute Fee Structure

Fees are set at an economically realistic level. Once you are an AEI student, you are expected to have made adequate arrangements for your living costs and fees, with or without assistance, before arriving. View the complete fees structure.

Asia-Europe Institute Entry Requirement

Your application will be considered on its merits. There may be additional entrance requirements for specific programmes. You are advised to apply early as competition for programmes at the AEI is intense.

Each postgraduate programme has specific minimum entry requirements which you must have in order to be considered. These pertain to your degree(s) and your proficiency in the English language.

Asia-Europe Institute Application Procedure

View the application procedure for Asia-Europe Institute.

Asia-Europe Institute Resource Centre

The Asia-Europe Institute Resource Centre (AEIRC) serves as the working library to support the teaching and research conducted at AEI. Academic staff and students of UM may refer to the collections in the centre. Other facilities may also be utilised at the Resource Centre.

Asia-Europe Institute Accommodation

There are limited part-furnished apartments reserved for international postgraduate students. The International Students Affairs Unit, Institute of Postgraduate Studies may assists students in seeking suitable accommodation located in the vicinity of the University of Malaya and the nearby cities of Petaling Jaya and Kuala Lumpur.

Asia-Europe Institute Contact Details

For general enquiry:

Main Office
Asia-Europe Institute
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6(03) 7967 4645 / 6921 / 6931
Fax: +6(03) 7954 0799


For courses enquiry:
International and Student Affairs Unit
Asia-Europe Institute
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +6(03) 7967 6920 / 6907
Fax: +6(03) 7967 6908