The Asia Council is a forum for Asia’s heads of state or government and key decision makers to deliberate on the challenges facing Asia. The council covers 48 sovereign states and 6 partially sovereign or dependent territories of the continent of Asia.
The Council has been constituted to achieve greater unity among Asian countries and build a stronger Asian community with lasting peace and prosperity in the region.
The council provides a hitherto unavailable platform for the leadership of the entire Asian continent to unite under one roof and deliberate on pan-continental issues. The proceeding and outcome of the meets provide the countries with general policy direction and priorities.
The council sits through an annual summit and periodical ministerial meetings apart from extraordinary session convened at short notice. Its various specialised forums meets at different time of the year.
The six principal objectives of Asia Council are to address Asia’s key challenges, to foster cooperation among Asian countries, to provide general policy direction to Asian countries, to facilitate cultural integration in Asia and to provide reliable & high quality information resources on Asia. Follow the link to read more about the objectives of Asia Council. OBJECTIVES
Activities of the Asia Council are executed through ten functional divisions. Each division is mandated with separate function and responsibilities and header by a director. Follow the link to read more about various organs of Asia Council. ORGANS
The council is headquartered in Tokyo with regional directorates at Bangkok, Doha and Chengdu and country offices in 44 countries.
The Governing Council, Executive Council, Central Management Team, Regional Directorates and country offices are the five nerve centres in the governance structure of the Asia Council. Follow the link to know how Asia Council is governed. GOVERNANCE
Asia Council operates through three administrative divisions covering all 48 countries and 6 SARs that make up Asia. Follow the link to read more about the administrative divisions of the Asia Council. ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS
The council covers 48 sovereign states and 6 partially sovereign or dependent territories of the continent of Asia. Follow the link to read about the Geographic, Demographic, Economic and Human Development profile of all countries covered by the Asia Council. COUNTRIES
The council has specialised forums that deliberate on a more sustained manner on matters under their jurisdiction. The forum has frequent sittings with atleast four session in a year. The forum brings together Asia’s top leadership and global experts to take on most pressing issues in the continent and seek ways and means to address them through a cooperative effort.
There are seven Asia Council forums – Forum on Climate Change, Forum on Biodiversity, Forum on Energy Security, Forum for Asian Economic Cooperation, Forum on Counter Terror Strategies, Forum for Asian Unity and Forum for Inter-Cultural Dialogue.
Only members, fellows and invitees can attend Asia Council forums. For details mail to –
The Asia Council fellowship has been instituted to support outstanding Asian students for pursuing graduate studies at world’s top universities.
To apply for ALC Global Leaders Fellowship, the applicant must have secured admission to any of the Graduate Studies at University of Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford or MIT. To apply for ALC Asia Fellowship, the applicant must have secured admission to any of the Graduate Studies at National University of Singapore, Peking University, University of Hong kong, University of Tokyo, Seoul National University or Kyoto University. To apply for ALC Einstein Fellowship, the applicant must have secured admission at Nanyang Technological University, Tsinghua University, KAIST, Hong Kong University of Science & Technology or Tokyo Institute of Technology.
Applicants are selected by an eminent panel based on their potential to emerge as a global leader in their chosen field. Candidates are short listed based on their testimonies, references and statement of purpose. Short listed candidates are interviewed for final selection.
Asian Leadership Centre is an associate organisation of the Asia Council. Its key mandate includes promoting effective and visionary leadership in Asia to engage successfully with the complexities of 21st century world order.
The Asian Leadership Centre administers the various leadership programs of the Asia Council.
Asian Leadership Centre is located within the Asia Council Headquarters in Tokyo and the three Asia Council regional directorates.