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Research:Wide-Scale Study Project:Asia Student Survey

Asia Student Survey (2008)



GIARI exists to promulgate research on Asian regional integration and regional cooperation. It also aims to foster highly skilled human resources able to make significant contributions to such integration and cooperation. On the one hand, Asian regional integration has been developed as de-facto and economic activities and cultural exchanges have been fostered within the region. On the other hand, there are many factors such as different political systems and levels of economic development, diversity of religions and lifestyles and mutual distrust rooted in historical recognition that obstruct efforts to foster institutionalized Asian regional integration. Under these conditions, GIARI has strived to collect basic data to discuss Asian regional integration. The purpose of this survey is to clarify the scope and content of Asian regional integration through examining its image among Asian people and distinguishing common and different characteristics within the region. In 2008, GIARI carried out the Global Comparative Survey on Attitudes among Asian Students (or Asia Student Survey), a large-scale survey that comprised of individual interviews with approximately 400 university students from six Asian countries. The results helped to clarify the scope and content of Asian regional integration. The Asia-Vision Survey, launched in 2009, is a continuation of this project.

Outline of Sample


  • South Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines


  • South Korea: Seoul National University, Korea University
  • China: Peking University, Renmin University
  • Thailand: Chulalongkorn University, Thammasart University
  • Philippines: University of the Philippines- Diliman Campus, De La Salle University- Manila Campus
  • Vietnam: Vietnam National University, Hanoi or Vietnam National University, HCMC
  • Singapore: National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University of Singapore (NTU)


  • Male and female undergraduate students (international students were excluded).

Sample size

  • Korea: 410
  • China: 400
  • Thailand: 400
  • Philippines: 400
  • Vietnam: 400
  • Singapore: 453

Methodology of survey

  • Face to face interviews

Sampling methodology

  • Quota sampling by gender, academic year, and major (sciences or arts).
  • (Regarding Singapore, fourth year students are a very small population of the student body at the two universities surveyed, as many majors have three-year programs. The forth year students in the dataset are either engineering majors (from four-year programs) or honor students.)


  • South Korea: Korea
  • China: Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Thailand: Thai
  • Philippines: English
  • Vietnam: Vietnamese
  • Singapore: English

Time Frame

  • South Korea: December 22, 2007 - January 4, 2008
  • China: January 8 -12, 2008
  • Thailand: January 11-18, 2008
  • Philippines: January 17 - February 4, 2008
  • Vietnam: January 17 - February 4, 2008
  • Singapore: January 14 - 28, February 21-28, 2008

Research Institution

  • Nippon Research Center, Ltd.


Procedures for obtaining data