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Asia-Europe Colloquy on University Co-operation Series

e-Learning for Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities

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24 Sep 2006 - 28 Sep 2006 Asia-Europe Foundation Education Department ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC) Education

Seoul (Korea)

The Asia-Europe Colloquy on University Co-operation Series, “e-Learning in Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities” took place from 24th-28th September, 2006 in Seoul, Korea.

A project of the ASEM Education Hub, the Asia-Europe Colloquy on University Co-operation is a series of annual meetings of higher education professionals on specific transversal issues. The series was inaugurated in 2005 with the Asia-Europe Colloquy on Universities of Tomorrow, which ASEF co-organised with the University of Luxembourg. The second edition focused on e-Learning in Higher Education and was co-organised with the Korea National Open University and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development of Korea.

Seventy-five participants from 29 ASEM countries attended the Asia-Europe e-Learning Colloquy, which was co-organised with the Korea National Open University and the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development of Korea. They comprised of academics, practitioners, consultants and representatives of institutions and organisations involved in the study, management, development and implementation of initiatives in the field of e-Iearning in higher education.

The conference aimed at building a platform for co-operation, called the Asia-Europe e-Learning Network, among Asian and European universities and higher education institutions engaged in e-Iearning programmes. Mr. Markku Markkula from the Lifelong Learning Institute of the Helsinki University of Technology, Dr. Dae-Joong Hwang of the Korea Education and Research Information Service, and Prof. Tae Rim Lee of the ASEM ICT and e-Learning Network delivered key presentations, along with nine other experts from Asia and Europe who contributed as working group chairpersons and discussants.

The working groups were devoted to discussions on the adaptation of e-Learning in conventional universities, the economics of e-learning, career development, training of e-learning professionals, quality assurance in e-learning systems, interoperability and international collaboration. A dialogue among heads of participating e-learning and academic networks was also organised to foster more involvement in the Asia­Europe e-Learning Network.

Delegates visited the e-Learning Expo Korea 2006, organised by Korea's Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy which showcased Korea's thriving e-learning industry. The Asia-Europe e-Learning Colloquium received generous contributions from the Korea Tourism Organization, Credu, Mediopia, Dunet and Seong & Min Consulting.


  • Korea Tourism Organisation
ASEF's contribution is with the financial support of the European Union.