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ASEF Support to ASEM Education Policy Conference Series 2015

(in cooperation with the ASEM Education & Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub))

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
Education Department ASEF Higher Education Programme (AHEP) Education

Several ASEM countries

The ASEM Education Policy Conference Series is part of the ASEF Education Policy Programme[1], which consists of 2 other components:


  1. The ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC), which has been designated as the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME)
  2. ASEM Initiatives in the field of education, the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME), and major international conferences highly relevant for the ASEM Education Process


The Conference Series reinforces the multi-stakeholder approach of the ASEM Education process and brings together researchers, university leaders, government officials, representatives of international organisations (IOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as business and industry to discuss lifelong learning issues concerning both Asia and Europe. The dialogue is aimed to produce evidence-based policy recommendations for the ASEM Education Process and quality inputs for various academic publications on Lifelong Learning, particularly on TVET, e-learning and youth employment.



In 2015, ASEF will support 4 major conferences initiated by the ASEM Education & Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub):


  1. ASEM Lifelong Learning Forum: Renewing the Agenda for Emerging Challenges and Demands, 9-12 March 2015, Bali, Indonesia
  2. ASEM Education Meeting on e-Learning: Self-learning in a Digital Era, 2-4 November 2015, New Delhi, India
  3. ASEM Education Conference on TVET and Workplace LearningIntergenerational learning: workplace learning, community learning and learning within the family, 19-20 November 2015, Brno, Czech Republic
  4. ASEM Education Conference on National Lifelong Learning Strategies: Engaging Young People in Lifelong Learning, 30 November – 2 December 2015, Melbourne, Australia


[1] Renamed from the ASEF Higher Education Programme (AHEP) in order to reflect the central goal of AHEP projects, which is to contribute education policy recommendations to the ASEM Education Process as well as to the global education agenda.

Project Updates

  • The ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub (ASEM LLL Hub)Conference “Engaging Young People in Lifelong Learning: Asian and European Policies and Practices was held on 1-2 December 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. The conference hosted by RMIT University brought together researchers from all over Asia and Europe to cover country-specific approaches to lifelong learning.

    Researchers discussed topics such as the impact of the recent economic crisis on young people’s engagement in education, work and welfare, as well as the trend of growing privatisation in the education sector and how this affects lifelong learning opportunities.

    Participants concluded that even though young people’s engagement in education continues to expand in many countries, young people face more and more insecurity, debt and uncertainty about their future. With youth employment being continuously more precarious and low paid, lifelong learning opportunities becomes increasingly important for young people, if they do not want to fall behind at an early stage of their lives.

    The invited young leaders from the ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS) and the ARC4 Students’ Forum arrived at a similar conclusion in their discussions with the researchers. Mr Ian Harold MANN (Australia), Mr Leo Wibisono ARIFIN (Indonesia) and Mr Johann OSBAKK (Norway) were invited from ASEFYLS to present their views on lifelong learning and the ASEFYLS Call for Action. Ms Sofia RIBEIRO (Portugal) represented the 4th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC4) and presented the Policy Recommendations developed in Hangzhou, China. 

  • ASEM Lifelong Learning Hub Research Network(RN)4 Conference

    Engaging Young People in Lifelong Learning - Asian and European Policies and Practices

    1 & 2 December 2015


    The ASEM LLL Hub Conference is a free all day public event for researchers, policy makers and practitioners. In a context of high levels of youth disengagement and unemployment, we invite all those involved in teaching, educational leadership, research and policy to share their thinking and experience on policies and practices that support young people’s multiple transitions. 

    Recognition of the importance of lifelong learning as a disposition in young people is crucial to support the transitions of young people, including those still in schools, into further education and the labour market. This Forum will provide opportunities to debate the effectiveness of national policies, institutional practices and the merits of alternative pathways from formal schooling to employment.

    When: 1 December, 09:00-18:00 & 2 December from 09:00-12:15

    Where: RMIT City Campus, 

    Building 13, level 3. 

    405 Russell Street, 

    Melbourne VIC 3000

    Cost: FREE


    For more information, please see the Conference flyer


    Registration link Day 1:

    Registration link Day 2:

  • Self-learning in a digital era

    Published on 03 Nov 2015

    Around 60 academics from 25 countries will gather for the Asia-Europe research meeting on the topic ‘Self-learning in a Digital Era’ on 2-4 November 2015 in New Delhi, India. The meeting will be organised by the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) and supported by the Asia‑Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Danish Ministry of Education and the Innovation Centre Denmark at The Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi.

    The ASEM LLL Hub provides a platform for dialogue and cooperation between researchers, practitioners and policy-makers on lifelong learning issues. This meeting will focus on concepts and practices for lifelong learning, contemporary possibilities of self-learning in a digital era and key concepts for policies and practices in Asia and Europe. Speakers will include Mr LE Huy Lam, Director of SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning, Viet Nam, Professor Jeremy KNOX from University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, and Professor Rajaram SHARMA, National Council for Educational Research and Training, India.

    According to ASEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Mr Karsten WARNECKE: “New knowledge has never been as accessible as it is today with information and different courses just a few clicks away. Technological achievements have been a major encouragement for universities to make information more easily accessible to their students and academic staff, as well as to the general public. This in turn is raising concerns about the quality assurance, accessibility and importance of appropriate teacher training, which need to be addressed.”

    Contribution of MOOCs’ will be one of the core topics discussed during the meeting. In this regard, participants will share the notion expressed by the ASEM Education Ministers during the 5th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting on 27-28 April 2015 in Riga, Latvia that, “ICT plays a key role when it comes to open universities and distance learning – tools for extending education to all students, irrespective of their social background and geographical location”.

    In relation to the above, the ASEM LLL Hub’s Research Network on e-Learning was mentioned as a strong network for ASEM education cooperation within the field of ICT. This network and all its strong research members will be present at the meeting in New Delhi and share their knowledge and future comparative evidence-based research in the field of lifelong learning and e-learning.

  • In the run-up to the 20th anniversary of the ASEM in 2016 and the 11th ASEM Summit (ASEM11) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, ASEF will develop the
    ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017.

    The Outlook Report will identify the main components and the impact of connectivity on Asia-Europe relations. 

    The objectives of the ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017 are:

    • To analyse issues related to the topic of “connectivity between Asia and Europe” and their impact n the Asia-Europe relations
    • To channel the outcomes of the Report to key policy-makers and stakeholders in the ASEM process; and
    • To contribute recommendations

    Expert/Research Profile

    We are looking for experts and researchers who possess:

    • Excellent knowledge of education policies and trends within ASEM countries
    • A research focus on Asia-Europe inter-regional relations
    • Skills in synthesising qualitative and quantitative research

    The Research Area

    The chapter on “Education & Connectivity” seeks to analyse trends and challenges concerning Asia-Europe connectivity in a particular area of education. The scrutinised areas within this chapter might focus on student mobility, e-learning, open learning/education, etc.

    For more information, view our open call for research papers here.

  • Over 100 researchers, policymakers and practitioners from various ASEM countries will gather for a forum on 9-12 March 2015 in Bali, Indonesia to tackle the urgent need for lifelong learning in Asia and Europe. 

    The ASEM Forum on Lifelong Learning 2015 themed “Renewing the Agenda for Lifelong Learning” aims to develop innovative visions and effective models for lifelong learning under contemporary conditions. The participants will reflect on lifelong learning practices and policies in Asia and Europe, as well as discuss the role of researchers and policymakers in creating lifelong learning opportunities for all.

    The event is organised by the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) in partnership with the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Education of Denmark, as well as the ASEM Education Secretariat (AES) under the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture. The forum is part of the ASEM Education Policy Conference Series which consists of several thematic Lifelong Learning projects initiated by the ASEM LLL Hub and supported by ASEF.

    About ASEM LLL Hub

    The ASEM LLL Hub was established in 2005 as a network of Asian and European higher education institutions to provide a platform for dialogue among researchers, practitioners and policy makers on lifelong learning issues. Giving special attention to lifelong learning, the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME) recognises the significant contributions of the ASEM LLL Hub and its activities to the ASEM Education Process.

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