Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Integrated International Conference (UKM-IIC) 2018

 Global ASEAN Conference:
Connecting Oceans Toward Global ASEAN


                                               Date                : 13 November 2018

                                                           Venue              : Marriot Putrajaya Hotel

                                                           Time                : 9:00 am – 1:00 pm



The Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS) in cooperation with the Research Center for Software Technology & Management (SOFTAM), Faculty of Information Science & Technology will be convening the Global ASEAN Conference on 13 November, 2018 in Marriot Putrajaya Hotel, Putrajaya.



  1. To bring together local and international scholars, and policy makers, for the purpose of scholarly exchange in the area of ASEAN Integration Studies.
  2. To identify issues and opportunities as the ASEAN Community moves into the global limelight.
  3. To examine the state of ASEAN connectivity and to suggest ways for its enhancement into the global community. 


ASEAN integration is a dynamic and ongoing process due in part to the constantly evolving domestic and external environments of the region. Despite various uncertainties, ASEAN introduced the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 to solidify its development direction in creating a peaceful, stable and resilient community. For this purpose, three important pillars have been established namely the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). With the onset of globalization, ASEAN aims to become a more dynamic and stronger segment of the global community. Pillar 4 in the 2015 AEC Blueprint for 2015, “Towards Full Integration into the Global Economy” focuses on ASEAN developing a concerted approach to external relations while maintaining its “ASEAN Centrality”. An important element in achieving a global vibrant, sustainable and people-oriented community, is to have strong connectivity through three modes of physical-, institutional- and people-to-people connectivity. These modes of connectivity constitute the anchor themes of this conference. Discourse on the trends that impacted the modes of ASEAN connectivity is therefore timely. This conference will also focus on three important trends driven by markets, state and external forces that have important implications for the ascension of ASEAN into the global stage.


AEC (ASEAN Economic Community) Panel:

Discusses the implications of physical-, institutional- and people-to-people connectivity on the formation of the AEC. These forms of connectivity are channels to expand intra- and inter- ASEAN trade and investments of goods and services. The formation of the AEC is also an effort to create and ecosystem of business with a larger market potential for the global trade and investment, hence, the integration of ASEAN into the Global limelight. Physical connectivity in terms of seaborne or air logistic infrastructure, along with institutional connectivity through regional trade agreements and movement of skilled labour create ideal conditions that strengthens the AEC.


ASCC (ASEAN Socio Cultural Community) Panel:

The heart of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) is the commitment to lift the quality of life of its peoples through cooperative activities that are people-oriented, people-centred, environmentally friendly, and geared towards the promotion of sustainable development to face new and emerging challenges in ASEAN. This panel focuses on the development of an inclusive community that promotes high quality of life, equitable access to opportunities for all through i.e VALORIZATION of policies. Taking into account the Global Agenda 2030- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the ASCC panelists focus on the link between ASEAN Social cultural issues to various SDGs.


APSC (ASEAN Political Security) Panel:

The APSC Blueprint envisages ASEAN to be a rules-based Community of shared values and norms; a cohesive, peaceful, stable and resilient region with shared responsibility for comprehensive security; as well as a dynamic and outward-looking region in an increasingly integrated and interdependent world. In addressing the speed on decision making, the utilization of information and communications technology (ICT) as a channel of diplomacy has yet to be explored. This current form of diplomacy has affected integration efforts among AMS as it is challenging to gauge the veracity and stability of information flow in cyberspace. 


 SPECIAL Panel: Young Scholars

This panel provides a platform for scholarly work from young researchers on ASEAN. The themes in this panel is cross cutting. Issues and challenges of ASEAN integration and transition into global economy/community will be focused.



In light of the above, this conference is a forum where issues related to the theme “Connecting Oceans Toward Global ASEAN” can be critically discussed. The theme focuses on ASEAN connectivity, with two parallel sessions. Each Session will have representatives from stakeholders.



The Global ASEAN programme will consist of panels of papers, organised as much as possible under a common theme.  Each panel will consist of 3-4 paper presenters and a chair who will also serve as discussant.  


Date / Time

Session A

Session B

9:00 – 9:30am



9:30– 10:00am

Opening speech from Head of Arus Perdana Cabaran Integrasi ASEAN UKM.

Prof. Dr. Sufian Jusoh

10:05 – 11:30

AEC Panel

APSC Panel


11:30am – 1pm

ASCC Panel


Young Scholars Panel


2:00pm – 5.00pm

Opening Ceremony and Events from IIC

Please contact Assoc. Prof. Dr Andrew Kam (email: / ext:03-89214235 )