Connecting (second) cities across ASEAN through HE

Wednesday 24 May 2017 -
14:00 to 15:15

ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, comprising ten nations, is home to some of the globe’s most popular destinations, including Bangkok, the world's most visited city.

ASEAN's growth story has been centred on its capitals and financial centres such as Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and others.  The next phase for the ASEAN community is to look beyond the capital cities and to accelerate investments into secondary cities in order to broaden the economic base, reduce inequality, strengthen societies and encourage growth.  

Higher education mobility has been identified as an effective tool to support integration and connectivity across ASEAN's ten member states and build a strong regional identity. The session will focus on the role of regional HE policies in the new political context of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), encouraging mobility between ASEAN states and between regional blocs can support the movement of people (and much needed talents) between cities, supporting the growth of vibrant, fit-for-the future ASEAN cities.


  • Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nottingham, UK (Chair)
  • The Honourable Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd. Nur, Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • His Excellency Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary General for Socio-Cultural Community, ASEAN Secretariat, Indonesia
  • Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj, Minister of Digital Economy and Society, Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, Thailand
  • Dr Khine Mye, Director General of Basic and Alternative Education, Ministry of Education, Myanmar
  • Professor Bui Van Ga, Vice Minister of Education and Training, Vietnam