“The Fourth Meeting of ASEAN Heads of Government held in 1992 emphasized the need to hasten the development of a regional identity and solidarity, and promote human resources development by considering ways to strengthen the existing network of leading universities and institutions of higher learning in the ASEAN region with a view to ultimately establishing an ASEAN University based on this expanded network.” - Preamble to the Charter of the ASEAN University Network (1995)


Why We Are Here


The ASEAN University Network came into being in 1995 when the AUN Charter was signed by Ministers responsible for Higher Education from ASEAN countries, the Agreement on the Establishment of the AUN was signed by the presidents, rectors, and vice chancellors of participating universities, and the formation of the AUN Board of Trustees.


The AUN was formed to address the need for the region to quickly develop a regional identity and solidarity while promoting the fostering of ASEAN talents by creating a platform to allow the region’s leading higher education institutions to collaborate. From 1995 until now, the AUN remains firmly committed to the mission that was set out in the preamble to its charter.


Today, the AUN is a network widely recognised as a vital mechanism for the build-up of an active and renowned ASEAN community in higher education. Given such importance, the AUN was highly commended by the Meeting of Ministers for Education in ASEAN Countries for its achievements in upgrading the capacity of ASEAN human resources and enhancing the quality of education of the AUN member universities. With the strengths and expertise of our members, the AUN can play a major role in broadening the integration of the ten ASEAN countries, into one cohesive ASEAN Community and narrowing the development gap among them, which are ultimate goals of ASEAN.


The Charter of the ASEAN University Network


We are pleased to inform you of the current status of the revised AUN Charter. The ASEAN Secretariat has advised that the revised AUN Charter has received all signatories and was officially entered into force on 11 October 2022, upon signatures by all ASEAN Member States. The true and complete copy of the AUN Charter has been signed by Tran Duc Binh, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN Community and Corporate Affairs, and circulated to the ASEAN Member States.

As such, we would like to share the enclosed certified true copy of the AUN Charter which can be found through this link.

As the Depositary, the ASEAN Secretariat has already notified all ASEAN Member States of the legal status of the AUN Charter which is also available at List of Agreements by Pillar: (