2015 marks the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community, which will realise a five decade dream of bringing together its 10 Member States to increase integration around three main pillars: politics, economics and socio-cultural areas. This will have direct impact on tertiary education and employability opportunities within the region and on international engagement from ASEAN.
In higher education, the ASEAN region has over 15 million students enrolled across a range of HE systems. The latter are diverse and at different stages of development. The region’s higher education landscape will not be a copy of the European Higher Education Area, rather, harmonisation will be driven through consensus and goodwill. In TVET there are already a number of regional trends emerging in anticipation of increased education harmonisation. These reflect the mix of developed and emerging economies in the region.
This session draws on regional expertise and research from policy makers, employers, higher education and technical and vocational education to explore some of the initiatives currently underway, learning from other regions and possible models of collaboration within the region and beyond. One aspect of this is the role of transversal/soft skills development in the harmonisation and internationalisation of tertiary education.
For further reading on this and related topics, read our speaker interview with Professor Mohd Ismail Abd Aziz.