Thursday 3 May 2018, 08.00 - 09.15

Sustainable partnerships in higher education provide the means to address local access agendas and support domestic capacity building in areas deemed to be a national priority. Collaborative teaching provision, built on equitable foundations, brings experience from well-established higher education institutions and applies it in the local context.

Transnational education, also known as programme and provider mobility, continues to expand rapidly across the ASEAN region. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are still adjusting their regulatory framework to support collaborative and independent teaching provision further.

This session will discuss the most pressing issues in higher education in selected ASEAN countries. Policy makers from the ministry of higher education will share what keeps them awake at night and their views on how they plan to address these issues. This is an opportunity to explore how collaborative HE engagement can support local development agendas and enhance the quality of domestic higher education, among other factors (such as university – industry collaborations; scholarship programmes, etc).


  • Dr Janet Ilieva, Director and Founder, Education Insight, UK (Chair)
  • Professor Noor Bin Ismail, Deputy General of Higher Education, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia
  • Professor Emeritus Soottiporn Chittmitrapap, Advisor, Deputy Minister of Education, The National Research Council of Thailand Executive Board, Office of the Higher Education Commission, and National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), Thailand
  • Associate Professor Le Trong Hung, Director General of Science and Technology Department, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam
  • Dr R. Purwanto Subroto, Director – University Partnership Directorate, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Indonesia
  • Associate Professor Tran Anh Tuan, Deputy Director General of Higher Edcucation, Higher Education Department, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam 
  • Marianne Joy Vital, Project Consultant – K-12 Project Management Unit, Commission on Higher Education, Philippines