AUSTIN, Texas—Ambassadors to the United States from Brunei, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam delivered a 90-minute panel presentation on the present economic and political situation in Southeast Asia on Friday (April 9) at The University of Texas at Austin.
This event, co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies and the International Office at UT Austin, allowed students, staff and interested community members to learn first-hand from the ambassadors how the region is rebounding from severe hardships brought about by the Asian economic downturn and El NiËo’s destruction. More than 150 people attended the presentation by the ambassadors who are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) organization.
Before the presentation, UT Austin President Larry R. Faulkner hosted ASEAN ambassadors at a reception. Several UT international students met informally during the reception with their home country’s ambassador to the United States, including three international students who hold competitive financial scholarships granted by ASEAN.
The UT Austin event was part of a two-day tour of Houston and Austin arranged by the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC.
For additional information, contact Steven D. Bell, special programs coordinator for the International Office at UT Austin, (512) 471-2715.
(Note to editors: Photographs of the event are available by contacting Office of Public Affairs photographer Marsha Miller at (512) 471-6412, or via e-mail, email@example.com