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10th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC10)

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Project Period:
2024-2026
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Online and Face-to-Face in various ASEF countries
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The ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC) is the “Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEMME)” and the only bi-regional multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university and student leaders, policymakers and ministers to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia and Europe.

What is the ARC programme?

For the past 15 years, ARC has continuously evolved and contributed with various outputs (policy recommendations, research, and events) to the ASEM Education Process, and created opportunities for key Asian and European stakeholders to connect. ARC’s role as a valuable dialogue partner has been reiterated in all ASEMMEs, and its outcomes and outputs helped to sustain a dynamic ASEM Education Process. Take a look at the past editions here.

The ARC programme cycle covers two years and is aligned with the timeline of the ASEMMEs. Its results, including research, and policy recommendations, feed into the preparations for ASEM Education Senior Officials’ Meetings (SOMs) and the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meetings (MEs), which ARC experts are invited to attend. 

Now running on its tenth cycle, ARC’s objectives are straightforward, but impactful ► 

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Knowledge Exchange

ARC facilitates the exchange of good practices and networking among policymakers, higher education institutions, and student organisations in Asia and Europe.
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Inform Policy

ARC informs policies by collecting evidence and conducting policy dialogues with stakeholders of the ASEM Partner Countries, the European Union, and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Background of ARC10

ARC10 will revolve around the future of higher education in Asia and Europe, given the trends and developments that higher education must cope with. Climate change, geopolitical disruptions, inequalities and disparities on various fronts, digital transformation, and the possibility of failing to meet the SDGs. Guided by ASEM’s directives and priorities on Education that stand as ASEF’s guideposts, our work in ARC10 will answer the call to explore substantive changes to reinvent higher education given its key role in transforming our collective future.

For the next two years we will work through debates, webinars, policy dialogues, and a publication under the theme [Un]debated Ways of Rethinking Higher Education” which will have five sub-themes that will explore what the ASEM Education Space hopes to achieve by 2030 and beyond where deeper global conversations are needed.

By focusing the discussions on these subthemes, we will explore questions such as:

Does the introduction of AI to higher education outweigh the challenges or benefits?

Shall flexible learning pathways be created top-down or bottom-up? 

Is free higher education more equitable? Which policy tools work better in increasing equity?

Shall sustainable development become part of higher education quality assurance?

How to increase ethics, transparency and integrity in transnational education? 

ARC10 Timeline of Activities

ARC10’s first year will have two main components: the Thought Leaders’ Webinar Series towards the latter half of 2024, and Policy Dialogue Sessions that we hope to integrate into major affiliate events at the end of the year.

ARC10 Outcomes and Impacts

ARC10, guided by our programme objectives towards the foregoing outcomes and impacts, hopes to provide spaces at various levels where higher education stakeholders and partners can come together to build a collective vision of the future.

This webpage will carry announcements and feature milestones from the project as we progress with its implementation. Follow us on social media through the links below or subscribe to the ASEF Newsletter to stay updated on our events!

ASEF’s contribution is made possible with the financial support of:

 

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ARC10 Overview and Concept Note

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