IFAIR - Young Initiative on Foreign Affairs and International Relations

As an open think tank, center for skill development and incubator for volunteer work, IFAIR connects young people who want to shape our world, offer young talents opportunities to learn the skills to leave their impact on international relations for the years to come and to meet today’s high-profile decision makers. Instead of accepting that the youth is often only an onlooker when it comes to international relations, IFAIR creates opportunities for young players to act on current affairs. The focal point of the initiative is – the platform for everyone who wants to join the world of our making.

In June 2015, EIAS will host the concluding event of the 2nd EU-ASEAN Perspectives Dialogue, which seeks to engage young scholars from both regions in a constructive dialogue about the mutual perspectives and to advance interregional relations.

IFAIR Website


European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC)

EBTC has been established as a point of reference for European companies and researchers wanting to enter the Indian market, with focus on climate change technologies. Activities are organised in key sectors: Biotechnology, Energy, Environment, and Transport. For each of those sectors, top level research institutes have joined forces with leading business and universities in a knowledge triangle that will benefit European business, science and technology. EIAS is a knowledge partner for all these sectors.

EBTC operates as an intelligence hub and in synergy with existing service providers from EU member states and Indian counterparts. It is part of the European Union’s Global Europe strategy and the Small Business Act, which try to enhance Europe’s competitiveness in a globalised market. EBTC therefore benefits from financial support from the European Commission, through its Delegation in New Delhi.

EBTC Website


Centre for ASEAN Studies (CAS)

The Centre for ASEAN Studies was established jointly by the Faculty of Applied Economics and the Institute of Administrative Sciences of the University of Antwerp (RUCA). CAS aims at pooling the expertise available at the University of Antwerp, on ASEAN (Association of South-East Asian Nations) and the countries of South-East Asia.

Research by CAS is carried out in cooperation with the Centre for International Management and Development Antwerp (CIMDA) and is published as "ASEAN Business Case Studies" or "CAS Discussion papers".
CAS and CIMDA also cooperate in the promotion and coordination of interuniversity cooperation projects with universities in South-East Asia.

Centre for ASEAN Studies Website


Ghent University (UGent)

Ghent University, abbreviated to UGent, is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. It distinguishes itself as a socially committed and pluralistic university in a broad international perspective.

Ghent University Website



Polint is a UK based EU Consultancy operating in Brussels, specialised in EU Public Affairs and International Relations. Its founder and Executive Director, Glyn Ford, leads a strongly committed multi-national team with together over 40 years experience in the field. Glyn was a Member of the European Parliament (EP) from 1984 until 2009 and consequently has both an exceptional knowledge of the functioning of the EP and other European Institutions alongside an expertise in Trade and Foreign Affairs primarily focussed on East Asia. Polint can therefore offer both 'made to measure' campaigns linked to shaping opinion in the European Parliament on a wide range of issues related to European Affairs, as well as goal-focused strategies directed primarily at Parliament and Commission - but capable of widening to include Member States and other International actors - on Global and International issues. Polint also has an extensive set of high-level political contacts across the East Asian and Pacific region.

Polint Website


Lotus III

Lotus is an Erasmus Mundus Action Two Partnership (EMA2) of European and South-East Asian Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Associations aiming at fostering mutual enrichment and better understanding between the EU and South-East Asia (China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand), through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level and to co-operate in the following program activities: Mobility of undergraduate and graduate students, Mobility of PhD students, Post-doc mobility, Academic and administrative staff mobility.

The types of mobility to be funded are:
- For students: undergraduate, master, doctorate and post-doctorate mobility opportunities
- For academic staff: exchanges for the purposes of teaching, practical training and research

This project is to give South-East Asian students and staff the possibility to go to a European University to improve, enrich, learn, experience, .... their own knowledge and skills. Please bear in mind that the scholarships are only granted to South-East Asian students and staff coming to Europe.

Lotus project website