IHE: ASEAN university visions


Online survey

Key dates:

Survey closes: 30 May 2014

About this opportunity:

We would like to invite anyone interested in, or with a knowledge of, higher education in South East Asia to take part in a new research project run by the British Council East Asia and the University Alliance. This research project explores the future of higher education in South East Asia.

Please contribute to our research by completing an online survey.

About ASEAN University Visions 2035 research project:

Now is a time of great change for higher education in the region, with ASEAN 2015 bringing further opportunities and challenges. It is increasingly being recognised across the region that HE is a key driver of prosperity and growth and the potential for the region, and the HE sectors within it, is huge. The 10 nations that make up ASEAN comprise a total population of about 600 million people (the European Union, with 28 member states, has about 500 million people). Economic growth in the region is forecast to outstrip many others, with predictions it will be the fourth largest single market in the world by 2030. Huge growth of the tertiary age population and middle class has led to recent expansion of higher education systems. Education reforms and new education bills have been passed across many of the countries aspiring to build a globally competitive labour market.

What does this all mean for higher education in the region? How do universities need to change in order to drive economic development and respond to opportunities in global markets? How can stronger links with industry be forged to ensure graduates have the right skills? Will student mobility opportunities be realised within the region and across other markets? Will it be possible to harmonise higher education systems to work across borders?

The British Council in East Asia wants to better understand the full extent of these opportunities and challenges. They are working with the University Alliance (a UK organisation working to promote and sustain the public benefit delivered by universities) who have recently used a similar method to develop scenarios for the UK higher education sector. To do this we are bringing together key policy-makers and influencers with leaders from universities and business to identify potential scenarios of what the future might look like for the region.  Scenario planning is a valuable tool for understanding the factors that may affect the future, by exploring possibilities and interactions within different social, economic and political environments. It is not a process to predict the future, rather it is about identifying different and extreme scenarios that can better inform current policy planning and debate.

Three in-country workshops have already taken place. This online questionnaire is an opportunity for you to feed in to the project. The following questions look at current and future challenges and the drivers of change to build a set of scenarios of potential higher education landscapes in 2035.  Our hope is that the project will identify how higher education systems and policy-makers in the region can make the most of the opportunities that lie ahead, serve society and the economy, and seek out new and innovative ways to anticipate, approach and tackle the challenges of the future.


How can I take part?

We welcome thoughts and contributions from anyone with interest in or knowledge of ASEAN countries and higher education institutions.

To take part in the survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ASEANfutures  


For any further information please contact caroline.chipperfield@britishcouncil.org.my.


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