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Located in Jakarta, Indonesia, BINUS University has won the Global MIKE Award four times in a row since the Global MIKE Award was held in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. BINUS University has many academic programs to ensure the readiness of BINUS University has more than 1500 professors, associate professors, and professor faculty members, which is a combination of academics and experienced practitioners with master's (S2) and Ph.D. (S3) educational backgrounds to ensure the quality of education in BINUS University.


BINUS English Club (BNEC) is an English-based student organization at BINUS University, having been founded in 1992. With over 1000 registrants per year, BINUS University has awarded BNEC the "Best Student Organization" eight times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). Apart from that, BNEC has won various English-related events and has been recognized by Guinness World Records for "The Most People Doing Crosswords Simultaneously" and the Indonesian World Record Museum (MURI) for "The Largest Distribution of Free Bamboo Straws."

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This event is conducted by Bina Nusantara English Club (BNEC), an English student organization of BINUS University, Jakarta, Indonesia. We began as a National English Olympics. With the passage of time, we have evolved into an Asian-scaled competition with the purpose of developing the skills of Asian youths. The 2022 AEO drew 608 participants from 9 countries to compete in 7 competition fields, including Speech, Debate, Newscasting, Storytelling, Spelling Bee, Radio Drama, and Short Story Writing. Learning Platform, Talent Display, Competitiveness, International Ambience, Hospitality, Cultural Exchange, and Networking are the seven values that AEO upholds. As a result, AEO is a memorable event that provides you with an excellent opportunity to enhance your abilities and gain networks with youths across Asia. AEO will undoubtedly present you, remarkable individuals, with extraordinary experiences! The 2023 AEO will be held in hybrid mode on February 13-18, 2023. Seven competition fields will be held, with Scrabble being excluded due to the current conditions.

AEO 2012

Bina Nusantara English Club hosted the first Asian English Olympics (AEO) in 2012. (BNEC). It drew 425 people from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Debate, Storytelling, Newscasting, Speech, Scrabble, and Short Movie Making were the six competition areas that debuted in AEO.

AEO 2013

Bina Nusantara English Club hosted the first Asian English Olympics (AEO) in 2012. (BNEC). It drew 425 people from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Debate, Storytelling, Newscasting, Speech, Scrabble, and Short Movie Making were the six competition areas that debuted in AEO.

AEO 2014

The Asian English Olympics (AEO), which took place in 2014, attracted 650 participants from both national and international countries. They gathered to compete in six different competition fields that were available during that year’s AEO.

AEO 2015

Bearing aces from this event was the idea of The 2015 Asian English Olympics (AEO). 432 new participants came from 91 institutions in 7 countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Hongkong (China), Macau (China), Thailand, and Vietnam. They were introduced to the new competition fields, which were Short Story Writing and Spelling Bee. Therefore, there were 7 fields of competition in 2015, which are Newscasting, Speech, Scrabble, Debate, Storytelling, Short Story Writing, and Spelling Bee.

AEO 2016

New countries (Laos, South Korea, Bangladesh, and India) have joined the soldiers, bringing the total number of participants to 571 high school and university students from 11 Asian countries in The 2016 Asian English Olympics (AEO). They had become a part of the Extraordinary Asian Youths Family by joining the AEO.

AEO 2017

Up to 2017, the Asian English Olympics (AEO) had been held for 5 years. It was well-organized, and a total of 660 people from 10 Asian countries participated. A new competition field, Radio Drama, was added to the AEO competition fields. With this inclusion, The 2017 Asian English Olympics provided a total of 8 competition fields for competitors to choose from.

AEO 2018

AEO has evolved into a stage for Extraordinary participants to showcase their abilities. The 2018 AEO gathered participants from more than 11 countries, with a total of 684 participants. Short Story Writing, Spelling Bee, Speech, Newscasting, Scrabble, Debate, Storytelling, and Radio Drama were among the 8 competition fields in which individuals and teams could compete.

AEO 2019

The 2019 Asian English Olympics (AEO) was a success by encouraging each participant in the competition to improve their abilities, insights, and knowledge. A total of 671 students from high schools and universities from 8 Asian countries competed in the competition. Short Story Writing, Spelling Bee, Speech, Newscasting, Scrabble, Debate, Storytelling, and Radio Drama were among the 8 competition fields available to the participants.

AEO 2020

There's always space for development, particularly if you compete in The 2020 Asian English Olympics (AEO). There were 384 students from 8 Asian countries who gathered in the AEO stage to develop their skills. There were 8 competition fields for the participants to gain experience and knowledge, including Debate, Scrabble, Spelling Bee, Speech, Newscasting, Storytelling, Radio Drama, and Short Story Writing.

AEO 2021

In 2021, the Asian English Olympics successfully gained 546 participants from 13 countries around Asia! Although with the absence of scrabble this year and despite the threat of a pandemic, we’ve still managed to bring success into this virtual event with 7 competition fields: Debate, Spelling Bee, Speech, Newscasting, Storytelling, Radio Drama, and Short Story Writing.

AEO 2022

The 2022 Asian English Olympics (AEO) was an amazing journey to Echo Your Forte! Even though this year was still in a pandemic, we can provide challenging competitions that bring out the best in you! With 608 participants from 9 Asian countries participating in Debate, Spelling Bee, Speech, Newscasting, Storytelling, Radio Drama, and Short Story Writing, The 2022 AEO was successfully held through an online platform.

AEO 2023

Good news, The 2023 Asian English Olympics will be held on a hybrid basis! Finally, after going through difficult pandemic times, we can return to our normal activities. With that, we are very excited to Unveil Your Spark by preparing 7 competition fields: Speech, Newscasting, Storytelling, Short Story Writing, Debate, Spelling Bee, and Radio Drama. This year, we will be together to Unveil Your Spark with a target of 675 participants from 16 countries.

Vision & Purpose


increase the competitiveness of Asian youths in the real world by giving them the opportunity to demonstrate and enhance their talents, as well as obtain foreign experience through an English competition.


  • To provide a learning platform for high school and undergraduate students in Asia to improve their English abilities while also igniting their competitiveness in achieving goals so that they are prepared to compete in the real world.
  • To provide students with a forum for expanding their networks and exchanging ideas, values, and cultures of Asia in an international setting.
  • To be an event where attendees can both aspire and be inspired by the abilities of others


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Zilvia Iskandar

“Asian English Olympics has always been an excellent learning place for all high school and university students. It is a high-level competition where all the best talents gather in this place. I love the complexity of the competition; very challenging, that you will never find in other competitions.”

– Zilvia Iskandar, News Anchor of Metro TV

Desi Anwar

“This is my first time in the Asian English Olympics as a judge. Thank you very much for involving me and I’m very very impressed with how the event is organized right here, it involves hundreds of people and the massive international scale. The students are not only from Indonesia, but also from other Asian countries. I’m also very impressed with the high level of quality that the students have displayed. Good job, good work, and I’m sure that we will see many amazing good qualities and great winners that could one day be really good contributors to the community, to the society and to their country. Best of luck guys, well done!“

– Desi Anwar, Senior Anchor and Director at CNN Indonesia

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sun education

Sun Education

We were content to have such an opportunity to be involved in The 2019 Asian English Olympics. It's in line with SUN Education's vision in supporting Indonesian Education: World Prosperity and Abundance through Education

– SUN Education


“In our opinion, the Asian English Olympics event which was held at Binus University, displayed a positive outcome for our brand, Bantex. For the past few years, we were satisfied with the form of cooperation and communication in order to establish an ideal yet beneficial relationship between AEO and Bantex. It has made our brand become widely-known among Binus students. By using Bantex as the supporting product at the event, it helped AEO participants to capture immense recognition and quality of the products and notably created a positive image of AEO. Hopefully in the future, we can work together better.”



Visiting tips

culture and norm

Indonesia is a country with its own customs, traditions, religion, and law. You should always respect them and be aware that your actions will not be offensive. That said, these are some tips on travelling in Indonesia to ensure you have a great time.

  • In culture and customs, the average population of Indonesia (also Jakarta), are predominantly Muslim. That's why every five times a day there's a call to prayer (adzan).
  • When talking to the natives, especially the elders, always be humble and polite. A little etiquette goes a long way in Indonesia
  • In Indonesia, especially in public places, it is better for everyone to dress modestly. BINUS University required everyone to follow a certain dress code when entering the campus: bottoms that go below your knees, sleeved shirts, and shoes.
  • Be polite in Indonesia when calling others. For older men, use the assigned pronoun "Bapak" (Sir) and for older women, "Ibu" (Madam). You can call someone “Kakak” (the gender-neutral term for older siblings) to address someone older. You can use “Adik” (the gender-neutral term for younger siblings) or call their first name to greet someone younger.
  • When people first meet, they usually shake hands. However, there are some people who prefer to bow with their hands folded instead of shaking hands. You may be mindful of that situation.
  • There is a custom in Indonesia where people always use their right hands when communicating with another person or doing a specific task. Therefore, when shaking hands, giving something, or eating, most Indonesians use their right hands.

Indonesian society is very friendly and respectful. We hope you can follow those tips to adapt easier to Indonesian society.


A large number of natives in Jakarta can speak English with varying degrees of fluency. However, the ability to speak English is not common to the natives of these cities. You are more likely to find English-speaking Indonesian in public places like hotels, shopping malls, and sports centres.

food and beverages

You must drink bottled water and other drinks that are safe for consumption since the tap water is not suitable for consumption. We highly recommend you bring a bottle for drinking because we will provide water refills at BINUS University Anggrek campus. Food from other South-East Asian countries is generally very similar in Indonesia. As most Indonesians are Muslims, finding halal food everywhere is easy. In Indonesia, hotels and shopping malls comply with high food hygiene standards and are usually safe for consumption. Please be aware that some of Indonesia's spicier variations may not suit people who have a sensitive digestion system.

climate insight

BMKG, the Indonesian Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency, predict that Indonesia's peak of the 2022/2023 rainy season will be between December 2020 and January 2023. We hope that February is no longer the rainy season, but we advise it is better to prepare a raincoat or an umbrella just in case.

prohibited action

In Indonesia, it is strictly illegal to take all kinds of illegal drugs, endangered trafficking in any kind of animal or gamble. The Indonesian authorities have a policy of zero tolerance and those caught face lengthy prison terms or a death sentence, in the worst-case scenario. Please remember the Do and Don't and you'll have a great experience.

Internet connection and electrical socket

The average wifi Internet speed in Indonesia is only 15.5 Mbps, and Indonesia's cellular Internet speed is around 10.5 Mbps. But don't worry, we're going to provide you with free wifi! Also, don't forget that Indonesia has a type of charger with 2 round holes for those of you who want to use the plugs to charge. Indonesia itself follows the Netherlands, which has used type F.