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

“Access to Inclusive and Quality Education”

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
October/November (tbc) Nathalie Sajda Education Department ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC) Education
Sustainable Development & Environment

Singapore/Indonesia (tbc)

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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.


The 6th edition of the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC6) will address the topic of “Access to Inclusive and Quality Education” 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 and 2) the following 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

Curious about the previous edition? Have a look at our pictures and video from the event on the right side of this page.


More information on ARC6 will follow in early 2017.