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6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum #ARC6

"Future-ready Universities and Graduates: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon"

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
9-13 October 2017 Nathalie Sajda Education Department ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC) Education
Sustainable Development


Venue:
Singapore

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WHAT IS
ARC?

Since its establishment in 2008, the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) has been a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university leaders, business representatives, policy makers and students to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia-Europe.

ARC is recognised as the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEM ME). The results deriving from ARC, including policy recommendations and research, feed into the preparations of the ASEM MEs. As part of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP), ARC also contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a focus on Goal 4 and 8 (on inclusive and quality education, and decent work and economic growth respectively).

ARC takes place on an annual basis alternating between Asia and Europe. It addresses 3 areas in higher education: 1) quality and inclusive education, 2) university governance, and 3) university-business partnerships. To date, over 650 university leaders representing 225 universities from 51 Asian and European countries have participated in the conferences. 

ARC6

The 6th edition of the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC6) will address the topic of "Future Universities and Graduate: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon" and invites over 280 representatives from academia, governments, business and industry, students and youth associations as well as NGOs and IGOs.

The ARC6 consists of 2 programme elements: 1) a Students’ Forum 2) followed by a Rectors’ Conference. Close linkages between the Rectors’ and the Students’ is assured through a synergic exchange in which 4 Rectors’ attend the Students’ Forum as Mentors and 4 Students’ participate throughout the Rectors’ Conference.

Specifically, ARC6 aims to:

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue on higher education in Asia and Europe and provide input to the agenda of ASEM Education Ministers
  • Support the implementation of the SDG
  • Facilitate cooperation and long-term partnerships among universities across Asia and Europe
  • Enable collaborations among student networks and associations
  • Strengthen the linkages between universities, governments, business and industry, IOs and NGOs, and local communities

 


 WHEN:

9-13 October 2017


 WHERE:

Singapore


COSTS:

No registration
or participation fee*

 

*For Students' Forum (9-12 October 2017):
The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, meals and accommodation

For Rectors' Conference (12-13 October 2017):
The organisers will provide travel grants based on financial needs and meals.

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ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Commission.

Project Updates

  • The ASEF Education Department (ASEFEdu) launches its article series on “Access to Education and Youth Employment” this July on the new ASEFEdu LinkedIn page. With subjects ranging from long-term approaches to youth employment to case studies of innovative initiatives across Asia and Europe, the comprehensive and varied content will appeal to diverse audiences. 

    The first article, “A New Educational Framework for Responsible Leaders” by Ms Paloma CANTERO GÓMEZ, examines why the educational framework must be redefined, while analysing the values that should underpin such a framework. It also explores how young people must be empowered to shape their futures.

    She raises these prescient issues arising from the 5th OECD Informal Working Group on Skills & Education held on 16–18 May 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. An alumnus of the 1st ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS1), CANTERO GÓMEZ is the co-founder and CEO of YouthProAktiv and a constituent of the “Forbes 30 under 30” list in 2017.

    Subsequent articles will continue to inform and challenge perceptions of multifarious issues relating to “Access to Education and Youth Employment”, in line with the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) aim to inspire action. Whether you are a policy-maker, academic, business, educator, student or young professional, the ASEF Education Department’s portfolio of projects can facilitate your next move. 

    Are you a student interested in shaping the future of higher education in Asia and Europe? Apply to participate in the 6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum on "Future-ready Universities and Graduates: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon" on 9–13 October 2017 in Singapore. Deadline for applications is on Sunday, 16 July 2017, GMT 23.59.

  • What are the needs and expectations of future-ready universities and graduates? In a world that can often be seen as volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, how can institutions and individuals best evaluate and adapt their approaches to ensure quality education?

    The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) invites students of all academic disciplines to the 6th ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC6) on 9–13 October 2017 at the Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore to address these challenges. ARC6 brings together university leaders, government officials, business representatives, and students to share good practices and propose ideas related to quality education today and in the future.

    Participants contribute to a multidisciplinary and cross-sector dialogue with a 3-fold thematic focus on: interdisciplinary, holistic and translational education and research; lifelong learning; and access to quality education. With their peers from 51 ASEM partner countries, students can communicate and represent the youth voice in the ASEM Education Process.

    The dynamic and innovative programme enables interaction with university rectors, business leaders, and policy-makers, while channeling perspectives directly to the ASEM Ministers for Education. Travel subsidies, accommodation and meals will be provided.

    Eligibility criteria:

    • 18-30 years-old
    • University student
    • Citizen of an ASEM partner country
    • Excellent oral and written English
    • Demonstrable passion to shape future-ready education
    • Experience in student policy matters

    Seize the opportunity to shape education's future in Asia and Europe!

    ARC6 is the latest edition in the ARC project series. View the results and impact of the 5th Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC5) on 4–8 April 2016, in Prague, Czech Republic.