The EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region programme – SHARE– aims to enhance the quality, internationalisation and competitiveness of higher education in the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region.
Co-funded by the EU and the British Council, the programme is working to create lasting benefits from the harmonisation of higher education across ASEAN member states through cooperation with the European Union member states and learning from the Bologna process.
On 24 and 25 August, SHARE held its first Inaugural Policy Dialogue event. Well-attended, the event attracted over 130 delegates, from high-level education officials, university academics and researchers, to leading representatives from regional organisations and donor agencies.
The first policy dialogue focused on mapping existing cooperation on higher education in ASEAN, identifying and tapping on potential synergies to ultimately benefit students, higher education institutions, and professionals in the region. It was an opportunity for delegates to communicate their views and aspirations for making a bigger impact together through SHARE.
As part of the event, the German Academic Exchange Service, together with the European University Association, presented drafts of their studies on quality assurance, qualification frameworks and degree structures in the region.
The dialogue was also an opportunity to discuss and identify specific action to support university degree acknowledgement in all ASEAN member states, particularly enhancing the capacity of universities in Cambodia, Laos, Burma and Vietnam.
Universities and student representatives from the region played a key role in the discussion, giving donors and international organisations an opportunity to share their thoughts on ways of working towards better co-ordination and harmonisation in higher education.
“Regionalisation would enable student mobility between the university and other universities in country and beyond boarders. The parameter of ASEAN economic progress is Higher Education. By harmonising it, we can drive our economy to become more advanced and competitive.” says Prof. Dr. Leenawaty Limantara, Rector of University of Pembangunan Jaya, Indonesia.