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ASEF Education Policy Conference Series 2017

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

Project Period: Contact: Department: Programme: Theme:
Throughout 2017 Peter MACKENNEY Education Department ASEM Education And Research Hub For Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) Education

Several ASEM partner countries


The development of, and access to, life-long learning (LLL) opportunities during the education process are essential at work and all spheres of social life, given the demographic, socio-economic and technological changes across Asia and Europe. The ASEF Education Policy Conference Series 2017 brings together researchers, university leaders, government officials, representatives of international organisations, non-governmental organisations, businesses and industry to discuss lifelong learning issues of Asia and Europe.


In 2017, ASEF will support 3 research meetings/conferences initiated by the ASEM LLL Hub on the following subjects:


  1. 1st International Conference of European and Asian Researchers and Educators on Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Development (I-CEARE 2017), “Universities and Communities in Asia and Europe: Creating Meaning for Sustainable Development, 12-14 May 2017, Boracay Island, the Philippines
  2. Research Conference by the ASEM Education and Research Hub for Lifelong Learning (ASEM LLL Hub) on "Theory Meets Practice: Enhancing Teacher Training in the Digital Era", 4-8 September 2017, Switzerland
  3. Research meeting "Lifelong learning - Resilience for vulnerable groups" – December 2017, Portugal (tbc)


These research/meetings conferences will stimulate dialogue, and produce evidence-based policy recommendations for the ASEM Education Process, as well as quality inputs for various academic publications on LLL.


The ASEF Education Policy Conference Series 2017 will also:


  • Supply expert opinions and suggestions to the 6th and 7th ASEM Education Ministers' Meeting (ASEM ME6, November 2017 , Seoul Korea and ASEM ME7, 2019, Europe)

  • Create positive synergies with existing ASEF education projects for a wider promotion and outreach, for example the 6th ASEF Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum (ARC6).

  • Strengthen the existing LLL network between Asia and Europe, and expand it by attracting new members and partners, including from business and industry

  • Promote the importance of LLL as part of SDG4 across the ASEM constituency and provide good practices with proposals for their wider implementation


Project Updates

  • In preparation for the 6th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME6) in November 2017, the Ministry of Education of Korea hosted the inaugural ASEM Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Stakeholders’ Meeting on Thursday, 6 April 2017, in Seoul, Korea.

    MOOCs are increasingly recognised and adopted as an integral part of new educational strategies in many countries across Asia and Europe. Building on the support received at the 1st ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) for ASEM ME6, this meeting sought to track the major positive developments of MOOCs, as well as initiate various collaborative projects involving MOOC stakeholders from across Asia and Europe.

    In her opening remarks, Dr YOUNGWHA Kee, President of the National Institute for Lifelong Education  in Korea, observed that “MOOCs have been playing a significant role in reforming and opening up higher education in Asia and Europe, thereby enhancing the country’s competitiveness, as well as laying the foundation for lifelong learning in the region.

    Mr Peter MACKENNEY, Project Executive for the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Education Department, joined some 30 other participants to share information and discuss in depth the scope of each project in the ASEM Network of MOOCs initiative, namely:

    • Shared good practices in quality and innovative education
    • Helped to nurture collaboration between ASEM Partners to achieve Goal 4 of the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • Discussed policies needed to build the next generation of workforce

    The goal of these initiatives aligns with ASEF’s focus on lifelong learning under ASEF’s Education Policy Conference Series 2017.

  • On 29-31 March 2017, Viet Nam hosted the ASEM Conference on Innovative Education and Human Resource Building for Sustainable Development in Hue, Viet Nam. Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Korea co-sponsored the event.

    The rapid pace of disruption, characteristic of the 4th Industrial Revolution, is expected to alter the employment market by making many jobs redundant through the process of automation; new jobs will require new skill-sets that today many educational institutions are barely prepared to equip students with. Building on the conclusions of the 10th ASEM Summit (ASEM10) in 2014 in Milan, where ASEM Leaders emphasised the role of education in promoting sustainable and inclusive development, this conference sought to provide a platform for ASEM Partners to share good practices that promote innovative education for human resource development.

    In his keynote speech, HE Le Luong MINH, Secretary-General of the Association for South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) said, “The automation of the workplace requires a new paradigm of teaching and learning. With advancements in technology, we need to rethink the current curriculum and practice to ensure that education and skills training remain relevant and responsive to the changing times”.

    Ms Leonie NAGARAJAN, Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation’s (ASEF) Education Department, presented ASEF’s survey of youth employment, employability skills and entrepreneurship. The conference brought together about 200 participants, including government officials, senior policymakers, researchers, and educators, who collectively:

    • Shared good practices in quality and innovative education
    • Helped to nurture collaboration between ASEM Partners to achieve Goal 4, “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”, of the United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • Discussed policies needed to build the next generation of workforce

    The goal of this ASEM Initiative aligns with ASEF’s focus on lifelong learning under ASEF’s Education Policy Conference Series 2017.

  • On 9-10 May 2017, ASEF will participate in the 6th ASEM Education Ministers' Meeting on Collaboration for the Next Decade: From Common Perspectives to Effective Fulfillment hosted by the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea.

    Having contributed to the preparatory discussions through its multifarious activities during the last 2 years, ASEF will join 53 ASEM partners to deliberate on how best to cooperate during the coming decade and support the 4 priority areas of the ASEM Education Process: quality assurance and recognition; engaging business and industry in education; balanced mobility; lifelong learning including technical and vocational training.

    ASEF will not only present its plans for the next year to the Education Ministers, but also host a concurrent and complementary on-site project in conjunction with ASEM ME6.

    Responding to the calls by young citizens and ASEM Leaders for closer collaboration and exchange of perspectives on pertinent issues linked to education and youth employment, the 2nd ASEF Young Leaders' Summit (ASFYLS2) will culminate in an intervention made by young citizens at ASEM ME6.

    These activities will showcase the immediate and long-term value that ASEF's education projects add to the ASEM education process. They will also usher in a new thematic focus on Access to Education and Youth Employment for ASEF education projects over the coming years.

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