Establishing the German Model of Graduate Engineering Education, Research & Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

South East Asia (SEA), respectively the ASEAN region, is currently in a state of rapid economic development with growth rates exceeding those of Europe and North America. In parallel to this, the Asia-Pacific region is also developing its own structure of academic education, research and technology development, so far, however, widely following American, Australian and English models. German engineering and technology has a high reputation all over Asia, but German-related science and technology institutions and joint ventures are rare in the ASEAN region, though there exists quite a number of cooperation programs with German universities, particularly technical universities (TU). Also, even though not yet systematically coordinated, quite a number of joint R&D project activities are conducted in ASEAN together with German partners. 


Mission of the GAST Network

Networking in the ASEAN region with high-ranking universities, research institutions and industry having German affiliations or interest in collaboration, particularly in the area of Engineering Technologies, Natural Sciences and Economics, in order to improve the visibility of German science & technology and R&D collaboration with German partners in South East Asia and to simultaneously provide promotion for Germany as a science location and technology hub.

GAST Network Tasks


Current GAST Network Directions

• Developing synergies and systematic collaboration among the GAST members

• Expand the fields of cooperation into joint R&D activities, joint participation in research programs (e.g. public industrial funding)

• Identify technological needs of the industry in ASEAN and network with technology providers and goverment organizations in ASEAN and Germany


Organization of Travelling Conferences

A first conference activity was the German-ASEAN Conference on Mass Transport Technologies end of May 2010 (Travelling Conference, Focus on Railway Technology), substantially co-funded by BMBF, jointly conducted in Jakarta and in Singapore. In this conference, a broad overview on Mass Transport Technology and Railway Engineering Education “Made in Germany”, supplemented by local SEA aspects, was presented to an expert audience.

Early June 2011, the second Travelling Conference with the title “Electro-Mobility for Mega Cities” has been held in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, HCM City.

The 3rd GAST Travelling Conference took place in Singapore at 8th November 2012. The title was "Medical Technologies".

Energy Efficient Buildings will be the topic of the 4th GAST Travelling Conference to be held in October 2013 at Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta, see the respective Flyer.

More information to the past conferences are on the GAST Travelling Conferences page.


Key Technology Areas

• Transportation, Drives, Automotive, Mass Transport Systems, E-Mobility etc.

• Renewable Energies (Wind Turbines, Solar, New Fuels), Deposition / Manufacturing Technologies for Photovoltaics, LED Lighting etc.)

• Wireless Communications, ICT

• Medical Technology, new systems for Semi-automatic screening, diagnostic and prognostic etc.

• Special technologies, electronics for aircraft, radar, naval applications, sensor and detection technologies etc.