The recommendation for the establishment of a fellowship programme within the ASEM framework was first made by the Asia-Europe Vision Group in 1999. The creation of an "ASEM scholarship programme" was suggested, underscoring that educational exchanges between Asia and Europe are key to establishing deeper understanding between the peoples of the two continents. Later, in the Asia-Europe Cooperation Framework 2000, Leaders defined the promotion of "enhanced contact and strengthened mutual awareness between the people of our two regions" as one of the key priorities for ASEM in the future. In order to translate this priority into reality, the heads of Korea, France and Singapore jointly proposed the "ASEM-DUO Fellowship Programme (ASEM-DUO)" at ASEM 3 held in Seoul, and this initiative was endorsed by the summit.

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