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ASEAN and EU to focus on Quality Assurance in ASEAN Higher Education

10 September 2015

On 24-25 August 2015, the ASEAN and European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) project organised the first in a series of SHARE’s policy dialogues. High-level education officials, academicians and researchers from ASEAN Member States and other project stakeholders attended this two-day event which was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.

The project seeks to enhance system convergence, recognition and mobility exchanges between ASEAN countries, by contributing to the development of regional QA approaches, a regional qualifications framework, and the further development and implementation of a regional credit transfer system. In order to do this, it engages with ASEAN organisations and agencies, and builds on existing initiatives. “The purpose of this policy dialogue is to position SHARE well within the existing landscape as regards existing quality assurance, qualification frameworks and credit transfer system initiatives and to facilitate exchange of information from Southeast Asia and Europe,” said Stefan Hell, SHARE Team Leader. 

As one of the project consortium partners, EUA contributed to the programme of this first policy dialogue event and shared its experiences from the Bologna Process. EUA and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), another project partner, are currently conducting three studies on quality assurance, qualification frameworks and degree structures in the ASEAN region, drafts of which were presented in the policy dialogue. The results of these studies, which are expected to be finalised this autumn, will inform the future activities of the project in these areas. 

Discussions at the policy dialogue event underlined the importance of involving not only universities and their staff, but also students in the development and implementation of regional frameworks for higher education convergence, and particularly in quality assurance and qualifications frameworks. The partners implementing SHARE are keen to carry these messages forward in the various areas of project activity. 

SHARE is a 10 million Euro EU grant funded project with a principal objective of strengthening regional cooperation, enhancing the quality, competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions and students, and contributing to an ASEAN Community. The project aims to enhance cooperation between the EU and ASEAN and to create lasting benefits from the harmonisation of higher education across ASEAN. The project is implemented by a consortium led by British Council, comprising DAAD, EP-Nuffic, Campus France, ENQA and EUA. More information on the SHARE project is available on the project website: http://www.share-asean.eu/.

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