Established in July 2017, the three government-funded Centres for Asia-Pacific Excellence (CAPEs) aim to enhance New Zealand's cultural understanding of and business engagement with Southeast Asia, North Asia and Latin America. Supported by four of New Zealand's leading universities – Auckland, Victoria, Otago and Waikato – the CAPEs harness academic expertise, evidence-based research, stakeholder experience and industry acumen to help ensure best practice with these regions. Through a range of events and initiatives, including mobility programmes, roadshows, language pathways, internships and scholarships programmes, CAPEs will show New Zealanders how and why to deepen our understanding of these valuable economic regions.
The Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence (SEA CAPE) has four key objectives:
- To equip New Zealanders to engage with and do business with the ASEAN countries and Timor Leste
- To broaden and deepen New Zealanders' understanding of Southeast Asian cultures, societies, languages, politics and economies
- To excel nationally and internationally in dissemination of knowledge and skills relating to Southeast Asia
- To enhance New Zealand's economic, trade, political and cultural relationships within the region
As part of its mandate, SEA CAPE has a strong emphasis on providing young New Zealanders with meaningful opportunities to learn about the region at first-hand by travelling there. 'Understanding Southeast Asia' in early 2018 will be the inaugural extracurricular study tour organised by SEA CAPE.