Harmonising higher education in South East Asia

The European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) is a four-year initiative of the EU and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Launched in Jakarta, Indonesia in January 2015, the project aims to support ASEAN in the regional integration of higher education by sharing European expertise. This is achieved by strengthening regional cooperation, adding to the overall quality, competitiveness, internationalisation, and student mobility of ASEAN higher education.

The SHARE initiative is implemented by a consortium of Europe's key international education agencies. It is led by the British Council and includes Campus France, EP-Nuffic, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), and the European University Association (EUA). 

The second of a series of Policy Dialogues was held from 24-25 February 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. Hosted by Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University and in cooperation with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), the event brought together senior policymakers, university representatives and students and education experts from across ASEAN and Europe under the topic ‘Placing Students at the Centre: The Role of Degree Structures and Learning Outcomes in ASEAN’. The objective was to contribute to ASEAN’s efforts to improve the quality of higher education, and encourage student mobility and regional integration through the angle of quality assurance and qualification framework.

The event attracted 150 participants from the ASEAN academic community, including representatives from higher education regional organisations, the ASEAN secretariat, national ministries and policymakers, national university associations, university leadership and student representatives, as well as some practitioners involved in recognition, mobility and programme design. The diversity of the audience ensured that the event incorporated institutional, student and policy perspectives on the issues discussed. Several speakers from European higher education institutions shared their experiences.

The next SHARE Policy Dialogue is scheduled for 8-9 June 2016 in Hanoi, Vietnam, and will focus on issues related to student mobility.

More information on SHARE can be found here


June 2016