ASEAN Economic Community: what now for tertiary education?

Tuesday 02 June 2015 -
13:30 to 14:45
Session 7.3. Queen Elizabeth II Centre, London.

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.

Professor Dr Mohammed Ismail Abd Aziz
Deputy Vice-Chancellor - Student Affairs and Alumni, Universiti Teknologi, Malaysia

Professor Dr Mohammed Ismail Abd Aziz is the Deputy Vice- Chancellor (Student Affairs and Alumni) at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and the Head of Critical Agenda Project (Internationalisation), Ministry of Education Malaysia. Session 7.3

Professor Dr Mohammed Ismail Abd Aziz

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay
Dean - College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Philippines Diliman, Philippines

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay is a Registered Psychologist and a Certified Specialist in Developmental Psychology. She Chairs the Social Sciences and Law Curriculum Cluster Committee and the Institutional Ethics Review Committee of UP Diliman. In line with the University's public service mission, she chairs the Philippine Coalition on Volunteerism and is on the Panel of Experts for the State of the World's Volunteerism Report. Session 3.5 Session 7.3

Dr Grace Aguiling-Dalisay

Dr Stefan Hell
SHARE Team Leader (Designate), Indonesia

Stefan will lead the EU's new regional higher education support programme in the ASEAN region (SHARE), which combines the expertise of British Council, Campus France, DAAD, EP-Nuffic, EUA and ENQA. SHARE supports ASEAN's goal of creating a regional community by improving quality and standards in higher education and fostering mobility. Stefan has been managing programmes for the EU, ADB and others in Southeast and East Asia for the past 20 years. Session 7.3

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Dr Christopher Hill
Director - Research Training and Academic Development, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, UK

Dr Hill's research interests include TNE and its impact in SE Asia, the development of international education and the student experience in the global arena. Dr Hill has published and presented in the field of international education; organised and delivered conferences, workshops, training and lectures around the world and has led on funded projects to develop research capacity and internationalise HE systems in Iraq and Taiwan. Session 5.2 Session 7.3 Session P.2

Dr Christopher Hill

Dr Fiona Lacey
Associate Dean of International Development - School of Life and Health Sciences, University of Aston, UK

Fiona is part of the International Strategy Group at Aston University, and leads on Internationalisation in the School of Life and Health Sciences. Her experience centres on partnership delivery of TNE programmes at all levels, but also includes developing and supporting international research collaborations at both School and Institutional level. She is involved with the ASEAN-UK Research Hub and with the VN UK Institute for Research and Executive Education in Da Nang, Vietnam. Session 7.3

Dr Fiona Lacey

Jonathan Ledger
Managing Director, Proskills, UK

Jonathan is the Managing Director of the Proskills UK Group, which incorporates Proskills Sector Skills Body and its National Skills Academy. Proskills and its Academy researches, designs, delivers and quality assures skills solutions for employers within the process and manufacturing industries in the UK and across the globe. Proskills currently delivers grant and commercially funded skills projects in 17 countries. Session 7.3

Jonathan Ledger

Dr Paryono Paryono
Deputy Director of Professional Affairs and Research Manager - Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation, Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training, Brunei

Dr Paryono joined the Centre in 2005. He is also the network coordinator for the Southeast Asian Vocational Education Research Network (SEAVERN) and Senior Research Fellow for UNESCO-UNEVOC Germany. He is seconded from Malang State University, Indonesia at the Faculty of Engineering. Session 7.3

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Vivienne Stern
Director, UK Higher Education International Unit, UK

The Unit helps UK universities and HE institutions engage with international partners, and represents their distinctive strengths and interests overseas. It contributes to national, European and international policy development, and delivers several high profile programmes and scholarship schemes. Previously, Vivienne was Head of Political Affairs at Universities UK and worked at the UK Parliament for the Chair of the Education and Skills Select Committee. Session 5.4 Session 7.3

Vivienne Stern

Barbara Trzmiel
Programme Assistant for TVET, Education Policy and Reform Unit, UNESCO, Thailand

Barbara Trzmiel is working for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and skills development at the Education Policy and Reform (EPR) unit of UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Thailand. Previously, Barbara worked at the UNESCO International Centre for TVET in Bonn, Germany, where she researched TVET systems in UNESCO member states. Session 7.3

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