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

Innovative Partners for Change: Universities, Business and Society Asia & Europe Moving from Practice to Policy and Action

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
March 2015 (tbc) Natalie HONG Education Department ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC) Education



Venue:
China (tbc)

Overview:

ASEF will organise the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) in China in March 2015, in partnership with the  International Association of Universities (IAU), ASEAN University Network (AUN), and a Chinese university and the Ministry of Education of China (tbc).  

Themed “Innovative Partners for Change: Universities, Business and Society – Asia & Europe Moving from Practice to Policy and Action”, the Rectors’ Conference will build on the results of the previous edition, held in the Netherlands in 2012 and the priorities laid out in the Chair’s Conclusions of the 4th Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for
Education (ASEMME4)*.

The objective of the Conference is to share best practices, discuss opportunities and propose concrete areas of action for successful and innovative university-business partnerships which can contribute to the creation of sustainable societies. The Conference’s recommendations will be presented at the 5th Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for Education (ASEMME5) in Riga, Latvia, in 2015. Please find enclosed the conference outline and schedule.

Further to these specific objectives, the Conference will:

  • Strengthen the stakeholder process and enhance its articulation within the ASEM Education Process;
  • Reinforce the role of student participation in the stakeholder process;
  • Contribute actively to enhancing working relations, institutional exchanges, and cooperation of universities within and between the regions; and
  • Develop recommendations for the upcoming 5th Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for Education (Latvia, 2015).

The programme of the Students’ Forum is closely patterned on the Rectors’ Conference programme and is developed by a students’ committee.

The participation in the Rectors’ Conference is by invitation only.

Regarding the Students’ Forum, each Rector is encouraged to nominate one student to participate. In addition, ASEF will launch an open call of applications for the Students’ Forum.

The organisers aim to invite at least 1 student representative from each ASEM country. Selected participants will participate in the Rectors’ Conference plenary to present the results of their discussions.

* The ASEMME4 Chair’s Conclusions highlighted 4 work areas: Quality Assurance and Recognition, Engaging Business and Industry in Education, Balanced Mobility and Lifelong Learning (LLL) including Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Partners

  • ASEAN University Network (AUN)
  • International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Chulalongkorn University (CU)
  • Office of Higher Education Commission (OHEC) Thailand

Project Updates

  • Together with its partners, Chulalongkorn University, the Office of Higher Education Commission of Thailand (OHEC), the ASEAN University Network and the International Association of Universities (IAU), the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) has been actively preparing for the 4th  ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) which was originally scheduled to take place between 23 and 26 September 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Due to organisational matters, ASEF and its partners jointly agreed in June 2014 that ARC4 will be held in another Asian country, tentatively during the last week of January 2015.

  • 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 “Innovative Partners for Change: Universities, Business and Society – Asia & Europe Moving from Practice to Policy and Action” will share the best practices, identify opportunities and propose concrete areas of action for successful and innovative university-business partnerships which can contribute to the creation of sustainable societies.

    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.

  • ARC4 Partners Meet in February

    Published on 10 Mar 2014

    A coordination meeting to finalise the programme for the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) was held on 25-26 February 2014 in Pattaya, Thailand. The attendees included representatives from ASEF and its partners – ASEAN University Network (AUN), International Association of Universities (IAU), Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC) Thailand, and Chulalongkorn University (CU), the host of ARC4.

    The theme for the ARC4 will be on “Innovative Partners for Change: Universities, Business and Society – Asia & Europe moving from Practice to Policy and Action”. A Students’ Forum will take place on 23-24 September 2014, to be followed immediately by the Rectors’ Conference on 25-26 September 2014 and the ASEF Higher Education Programme’s (AHEP) Advisory Committee (AC) Meeting on 27-28 September 2014.