APEC Study Centers Consortium

APEC Study Centers (ASCs) are institutions that foster research and academic discussions supporting the broader APEC mission of regional economic integration and which are a means to building networks of academic professionals in the region. 

Each of the 21 member economies hosts centers. Today there are more than 70 ASCs, and together they form the APEC Study Centers Consortium (ASCC).

The ASCC holds an annual conference hosted by one of the centers in the APEC Host Economy for the year. The annual conference provides an opportunity for academics and scholars from around the region to discuss their research and identify areas for collaboration.

ASCs were part of the vision set out by APEC Leaders in 1993 when they launched the “APEC Leaders' Education Initiative.” The initiative called on APEC members to foster regional cooperation among tertiary and research institutes to promote greater academic collaboration on key regional economic challenges.

ASCs are independent from APEC and their functions. Funding arrangements are not uniform. Financial support is provided through both public and private funding, and research topics are usually chosen by individual study centers, which assures their independence and flexibility, ensuring the integrity of the ASC process.

Last page update: November 2019

Current Activities

Researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region convened and shared their analyses on APEC issues at the 2019 ASCC Conference organized by the Universidad Diego Portales and the Government of Chile on 13 May 2019 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

The theme of the annual conference was “Academic centers as key agents: research, policy and capacity building for APEC 4.0”. Featuring more than 20 speakers, the conference featured four panels touching on these topics:

  • APEC’s new scenario: Trade, industrial transformation, digital revolution
  • Regional dynamics framing future challenges and opportunities
  • Inclusion as new flagship in APEC policy agenda
  • Education, academia and policies for talent creation and integration.

The program and presentations from the 2019 ASCC Conference are available here

The next annual Conference will take place in 2020.

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