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4th ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC4)

University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions

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23-27 March 2015 Lieke BOS Education Department ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC) Education



Venue:
Hangzhou, China

Overview:

Themed “University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, The ASEM Rectors' Conference (ARC4) addressed how universities can better cooperate with the business sector to equip students with employability skills, foster entrepreneurship, and create new learning environment through information and communication technologies. arc4photo3

The university leaders were joined by business representatives, government officials from ASEM countries, and delegates of related international organisations and associations. They exchanged views, shared good practices, and jointly developd policy recommendations, which were delivered directly to the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting held in April 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

A Students’ Forum was held in conjunction with ARC4 under the identical theme. Discussing the same topics as Rectors’ from youth perspectives, the students from various ASEM countries presented their opinions and suggestions face-to-face to the Rectors.arc4photo1

The 1st ASEM Rectors’ Conference took place in 2008 in response to the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting launched in the same year. Since then, ARC has been held biennially in Asia and Europe alternatively. As a high-level platform for inter-regional dialogue, the past editions of ARC have brought together hundreds of Asian and European university leaders for solution-oriented discussions on emerging higher education issues concerning both regions. 

 

The 3rd ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting recognised the need to integrate student participation into the ASEM Education Process. arc4photo2As a follow-up, ASEF organised the first Students’ Forum back-to-back with the 3rd ASEM Rectors’ Conference in 2012 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

 

The ASEM Rectors’ Conference with the Students’ Forum as its integral part has become one of the initial commitments to the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) which is the successor to the United Nations Decade of ESD (2005-2014). It is one of the few existing large-scale inter-regional projects aimed at advancing ESD-related policies.

 

Hosted by Zhejiang University, ARC4 was co-organised by ASEF, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The International Association of Universities and the ASEAN University Network contributed as ARC4 partners, and Chulalongkorn University & the Office of Higher Education Commission of Thailand as supporters.

 

 

Project Updates

  • Participants of the recent 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference (ARC4) and Students’ Forum, based on the theme, University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions, considered the 2 events a huge success.

     

    At the end of the events, 2 sets of Policy Recommendations, on how to enhance university-business partnerships, were produced. These recommendations were developed by more than 100 university leaders from 43 ASEM member countries and 51 students from the entire ASEM constituency. The recommendations contributed as a voice from the civil society to the deliberations of the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME5) on 27-28 April 2015 in Riga, Latvia. The Ministers acknowledged the value of the Recommendations by including them as an integral part of the Chair’s Statement, which is the final outcome document of the Ministerial Meeting. 

     

    The Policy Recommendations tackle 3 core areas of university-business cooperation:

    How can universities and the business sector (a) enhance their partnerships in order to equip students with employability skills demanded by the modern labour market, (b) better cooperate to cultivate entrepreneurship, (c) jointly create new learning and teaching environments through information and communication technologies?

     

    The Recommendations from ARC4 and Students’ Forum have been further channelled to stakeholders of the ASEM Education Process from government, academia and business.

  • More than 90 university leaders from 42 ASEM member countries have confirmed their participation in the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference (ARC4) that will be held on 26-27 March 2015 in Hangzhou, China. ARC is likely to have the largest attendance since it first started 7 years ago.

    ARC4 will bring in a few ASEM member countries, which have not participated before in this high-level Asia-Europe platform for education policy dialogue, including Bangladesh, Cyprus, Lao PDR, Malta, the Russian Federation and Switzerland. The two newest ASEM member countries, Croatia and Kazakhstan, will also be represented by the Presidents of the countries’ top universities. 

    Ms Mārīte SEILE, Minister of Education and Science of Latvia will attend ARC4 to receive the policy recommendations jointly developed by the participants for the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME5), which will take place on 27-28 April 2015 in Riga.

    Themed “University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, ARC4 will address how universities and the business sector can build innovative partnerships in response to emerging socio-economic challenges, particularly youth employment, the need for entrepreneurship and new learning environments through information and communication technologies.

    In conjunction with ARC4, a Students’ Forum will take place on 23-24 March 2015 in the same venue. It will gather promising students from all 51 ASEM countries to discuss the same topics as the Rectors’ Conference. The youth perspectives and suggestions will be presented face-to-face to the Rectors by selected student representatives. Through an Open Call launched in late December 2014, the Students’ Forum received over 2,400 applications, out of which one student from each ASEM member country has been selected.

    Hosted by Zhejiang University, ARC4 and ARC4 Students’ Forum are co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. The International Association of Universities (IAU) and the ASEAN University Network (AUN) contribute as ARC4 partners, and Chulalongkorn University & the Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) of Thailand as supporters.

  • With nearly 2400 applications from all 51 ASEM countries, we are truly pleased and grateful for the overwhelming interest we have received for the ARC4 Students’ Forum on “University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, 23-24 March 2015 in Hangzhou, China.

    We would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all the selected participants of ARC4 Students' Forum. To access the final list of confirmed participants, please click here.

    If your name does not appear on the list, please be ensured that there will be many more exciting opportunities for students from Asia and Europe. Please keep an eye on this space, look out on our website or sign up to our newsletter.

     

     

  • ARC4 Students' Forum Application Closed

    Published on 28 Jan 2015

    With nearly 2400 applications from all 51 ASEM countries, we are truly pleased and grateful for the overwhelming interest we have received for the ARC4 Students’ Forum on “University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, 23-24 March 2015 in Hangzhou, China.

    The application to ARC4 Students' Forum is now closed.

    If you have missed the application, please be ensured that there will be many more exciting opportunities for students from Asia and Europe. Please keep an eye on this space, look out on our website or sign up to our newsletter.

  • Thank you for your overwhelming response!

    We are extending the deadline for application by one day.
    Application deadline is now on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 23:59 (GMT).

    Visit the application form to submit your registrations now!

    Are you a university student in Asia or Europe? Do you want to design solutions to higher education challenges? Join your peers from 51 ASEM member countries on 23-24 March 2015 in Hangzhou, China. You will bring in the students’ voice into the ASEM Education Process, improve your problem-solving and public speaking skills, and share your vision about the future of Asia-Europe higher education.

    The organisers will cover the accommodation costs and give a travel subsidy for participants.

     

  • Leaders from prestigious Asian and European universities will be gathering on 26-27 March 2015 in Hangzhou, China at the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference (ARC4), coordinated by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).

    Themed “University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, ARC4 will address how universities can better cooperate with the business sector to equip students with employability skills, foster entrepreneurship, and create new learning environment through information and communication technologies.

    The university leaders will be joined by business representatives, government officials from ASEM countries, and delegates of related international organisations and associations. They will exchange views, share good practices, and jointly develop policy recommendations, which will be delivered directly to the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME5) to be held in April 2015 in Riga, Latvia.

    A Students’ Forum will be held in conjunction with ARC4 under the identical theme. Discussing the same topics as Rectors’ from youth perspectives, the students from various ASEM countries will have the chance to present their opinions and suggestions face-to-face to the Rectors.

    The Open Call for ARC4 Students' Forum has been officially launched and will be open till 25 January 2015.

  • The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has committed itself to the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), which was launched on 12 November 2014 at the UNESCO World Conference in Nagoya, Japan.

     

    ASEF actively participated in the 3-day conference that gathered more than 1,000 participants, among them 75 Ministers, 28 Vice-Ministers, representatives of UNESCO Member States, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, and the private sector, as well as individual experts and youth delegates. They jointly reviewed the achievements of the UN Decade for ESD (2005-14) and launched its successor – the GAP on ESD. 

     

    The initial round of GAP comprises 362 commitments from ESD stakeholders from around the world. Out of these 38 commitments are aimed to advance ESD policies, including ASEF’s flagship education project -- the ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC), supported by the ASEM Education Policy Conference Series. ASEF’s commitment is among the few large-scale GAP activities that reach an inter-regional level. 

     

    Acknowledged as the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME), ARC will deliver policy recommendations related to ESD directly to the education policy makers in Asia and Europe. ARC4,themedInnovative University-Business Partnership for Societal Development, will take place in March 2014 in Asia.  

  • Alongside the 31st ASEF Board of Governors’ Meeting, ASEF’s Executive Director, Ambassador ZHANG Yan, met the Latvian Minister of Education and Science, Professor Ina DRUVIETE, on 27 May 2014 in Riga, Latvia.

    During their meeting, they discussed in length the potential of the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME5) to be hosted by the Latvian Government on 27-28 April 2015 in Riga. Ambassador ZHANG also updated the Minister on the details of the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) that ASEF will organise in Asia jointly with its partners prior to ASEM ME5.

    ARC4 on "University-Business Partnerships: Asia and Europe Seeking 21st Century Solutions”, The ASEM Rectors' Conference (ARC4) will address how universities can better cooperate with the business sector to equip students with employability skills, foster entrepreneurship, and create new learning environment through information and communication technologies.

    ASEF and the Latvian Ministry of Education have been in close contact regarding ASEM ME5 and the Ministry welcomes the ARC4 conference’s policy recommendations as a valuable contribution to ASEM ME5.