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Southeast Asia

For the University of Groningen, Southeast Asia is a focus region. Built on a foundation of long-standing institutional relationships with, initially, Indonesia (since the late 1980s) and Vietnam (since the mid-1990s), our position in Southeast Asia continues to expand. The cooperation is focused on real societal demands in the region, such as SInGA or SEA ASEAN.


The SInGA (Spirit Indonesia Groningen), Research Program on Governance and Sustainable Society in Southeast Asia is a program for PhD candidates from Indonesia, focusing on the themes of bureaucratic reform, good governance, regional development, and innovative leadership. The programme started in 2012 and is funded by the World Bank.


The aim of the Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA-ASEAN) centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN, with a special focus on middle-income developing countries in the region with a democratic tradition - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand - as well as countries in economic and political transition, especially Vietnam and Myanmar.

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Contact Tim Zwaagstra for more information about our engagement in the region.

More information about our cooperation in the region is available on our internal pages (link)

Last modified:12 September 2023 10.01 a.m.