The Asia Cooperation Dialogue

The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) is a multilateral organization consisting of 35 Asian Countries; the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Kingdom of Bahrain, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Kingdom of Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, the Kingdom of Cambodia, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of India, the Republic of Indonesia, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, The Republic of Korea, the State of Kuwait, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, the Sultanate of Oman, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Republic of the Philippines, the State of Qatar, the Russian Federation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Republic of Singapore, the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Kingdom of Thailand, the Republic of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, and the State of Palestine. The ACD was inaugurated in June 2000 in Cha-Am, Thailand, where 18 Asian Foreign Ministers met together for the first time.

The ACD is a continent-wide forum, the first of its kind in Asia. ACD aims to constitute the missing link in Asia by incorporating every Asian country and building an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations or creating a bloc against others. A key principle is to consolidate Asian strengths and fortify Asia’s competitiveness by maximizing the diversity and rich resources evident in Asia. The main objectives are as follows:

  1. To promote interdependence among Asian countries in all areas of cooperation by identifying Asia’s common strengths and opportunities which will help reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for Asian people whilst developing a knowledge-based society within Asia and enhancing community and people empowerment;
  2. To expand the trade and financial market within Asia and increase the bargaining power of Asian countries in lieu of competition and, in turn, enhance Asia’s economic competitiveness in the global market;
  3. To serve as the missing link in Asian cooperation by building upon Asia’s potentials and strengths through supplementing and complementing existing cooperative frameworks so as to become a viable partner for other regions;
  4. To ultimately transform the Asian continent into an Asian Community, capable of interacting with the rest of the world on a more equal footing and contributing more positively towards mutual peace and prosperity.

The 20 Area of Cooperation is being consolidating into the following 6 priority pillars namely:

  • Connectivity
  • Science, Technology and Innovation
  • Education and Human Resource Development
  • Interrelation of Food, Energy and Water Security
  • Culture and Tourism
  • Promoting Approaches to Inclusive and Sustainable Development

The ACD University Network (ACD-UN) was successfully established at the 14th ACD Ministerial Meeting and endorsed during the 2nd ACD Summit Meeting in Bangkok, 2016 through the secretariat of ACD. The ACD UN has identified FIVE key activities, namely:

  • ACD University Network Coordination Committee (ACD-UNCC),
  • ACD Research Network (ACD-RN),
  • ACTS Task Force,
  • ACD MBA, and 
  • ACD Student Leadership Institute (ACD-SLI). 

ACD-UN act as a common collaborative and flexible platform to facilitate the Academic Exchange Collaboration on innovation among proactive focused universities in ACD countries, can strengthened the transnational educational activities between the participating universities. Through this collaboration, opportunities will be open and made available to the participating institutions to strengthen transnational educational activities in building a common platform. The ACD-UN attracted participants from 19 countries, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Kuwait.


ACD MBA Programme is specially designed for the leaders (C-suite and C-1) and entrepreneurs who wish to advance their careers by enriching and developing their leadership skills and analytical ability. This collaborative programme at Master’s level aimed at the collective knowledge, experience, skills and achievement of participating Universities, Institutions and businesses with the students in analytical and critical thinking, leadership, entrepreneurial, professionalism and creativity. It leverages on the expertise and experience of practitioners in the region to enhance understanding of the Asian business environment, practices, regulations, and cultural intelligence and leadership roles. The ACD MBA will also maintain a global context in recognizing the need to maintain a balanced perspective of the interconnectedness of Asian and global business and culture. The ACD MBA will be a practitioner based MBA drawing upon the expertise and experience of the respective participating ACD member countries institutions or universities. It is proposed to position this MBA as an international MBA competing with similar global MBAs offered in the region by leading universities. Five core common modules were developed by the ACD MBA participating members led by one course coordinator for each modules, namely Asian Branding and Marketing, Asian Leadership, Strategic Financial Management, Agile and Disruptive Innovation Strategy and Contemporary Economic Issues in Asia.

A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing ceremony was successfully held between the ACD University Network institutions consists of 6 Universities namely, Asia e University, Daffodil International University, Our Lady Of Fatima University, Siam University, RITM and University of Surabaya at the 16th ACD Ministerial Meeting ON 1 May 2019 in Doha, Qatar.


The collaborative study programme objectives are to:

  1. Enhance education collaboration in stimulating student/staff mobility and sharing resource;
  2. Provide cultural and multinational learning experiences and opportunities for net-working;
  3. Introduce learning which experiences offer more Asian-centric and promotes Asian based immersions and internship;
  4. Increase transparency and competence through cooperation and implementation of best practices and
  5. Open doors to new global career opportunities.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate managerial and leadership qualities.
  2. Demonstrate the skills and principles of lifelong learning in their academic and career development.
  3. Apply theories and concepts in the new business model critically evaluate theories and concepts of business.
  4. Generate solutions to problems chasing Business Env. Using scientific and critical thinking skills. Conduct research with and adhere to legal, ethical and professional practices.
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