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AEF's vision is a cohesive and inclusive Australia and Asia-Pacific region where all our young people have the knowledge, understanding, skills, competencies, networks and relationships to navigate and positively contribute to a shared, harmonious, globally connected world.




AEF does this by collaborating with school leaders, teachers, students and communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific.

We create cross-curricular curriculum resources, international school partnership programs, educator professional learning programs and student programs  that connect people across 23 nations in the Asia Pacific.

Our work is intentionally designed to support the development of students' and teachers' Intercultural Understanding, Global Citizenship, Global Competence, Asia Literacy and engagement across the region.




AEF was established in 1992 as an initiative of Asialink at The University of Melbourne and for 30 years has been a trusted partner of the Australian Government, state and territory education jurisdictions, education professional associations, business and philanthropic supporters.

Over 30 years AEF has reached over 100,000 educators and students across the region to assist in growing knowledge and understanding of our region, each other and the world to navigate a shared, inclusive, harmonious future.

In 2022 we worked with over 4000 teachers and students in our virtual and face-to-face exchange programs.

In our youth programs, 100% of students stated the programs assisted them in further strengthening their intercultural understanding and global competence.

The Asia Education Foundation staff acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which they work, and pay their respects to the Elders, past and present.

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