Hosted by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of Thailand and supported by the ASEM Education Secretariat (AES), the 2nd ASEM Education Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) and the 8th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME8) took place virtually on 13 and 14 December 2021 and 15 December 2021.
The 8th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME8) was chaired by H.E. Treenuch Thienthong, Minister of Education, Thailand, and brought together 127 participants from 28 ASEM partners and 14 civil society institutions. Under the theme “ASEM Education 2030: Towards more resilient, prosperous and sustainable futures”, the Ministerial Meeting focused on existing and new initiatives and projects within the ASEM Education Process and the endorsement of the ASEM Education Strategy and Action Plan 2030. All documents, including the minutes, agendas and presentations are available on the ASEM Education Secretariat Website:
At the 2nd ASEM Education Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2) ASEF’s Education Department Director, Ms Leonie NAGARAJAN, presented on the department’s ongoing work towards Inclusion & Equity across various programmes. With a particular focus on the 8th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC8) which ASEF organised on 10 September 2021 in the lead up of the 8th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting. ARC8 tackled a key priority area within the ASEM Education Process: Inclusion & Equity in Higher Education. The conference welcomed over 1,500 university managers, academics, students, policymakers and representatives of higher education networks from the 51 ASEM Partner Countries to leverage on the current COVID-19 disruption and put the values of inclusion and equity in the center of their recovery roadmap. As part of the ARC8 Conference, ASEF launched two major publications which will serve as future references and resources for ASEM education policy makers and stakeholders: the ‘ARC8 Outlook Report 2030: Inclusive and Diverse Higher Education in Asia and Europe’ and the ‘ASEM Equity Policy on Higher Education Study 2021’.
Further details on ARC8 can be found here: https://arc.asef.org
Additionally, to further contribute to the deliberations of the 8th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME8), ASEF asked young people across Asia and Europe to express their views on the following two questions:
“What do you see as the main opportunity for Inclusion in Higher Education in the next decade?”
“What do you see as the main risk for Inclusion in Higher Education in the next decade?”
These two videos were played during the ASEMME8 to channel the youth’s voices to ASEM Education Policymakers and Education Leaders. The videos also reflect on discussions and outcomes of the 8th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC8) and the 4th ASEF Young Leaders Summit (ASEFYLS4) on “Sustainable Development in a post-COVID-19 world”.