ISSUE 02 | 12 APRIL 2019

We are only one month away from the start of the 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC7), and are pleased to share with you our 2nd eBulletin. You will find conference updates, including a kind reminder to fill in the Complementary Information Form if you have not done so already; readings related to the conference topic featuring participating universities, partners and supporters of ARC7; and an interview with Dr Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General of APRU, one of ARC7’s supporting organisation. Do not hesitate to contact us at for any inquiries.

Practical Information

Itinerary and Passport Forms

In order to arrange your special permission to enter the Palace of the Parliament and for other practical purposes, kindly fill up the Complementary Information Form latest by 15 April 2019 if you have not done so already. 

People of ARC7

We have prepared the first version of the Rectors’ Conference Participants’ Booklet to introduce you to the speakers, resource persons and participants you will meet soon.

7th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME7)

In conjunction with ARC7, the ASEM ME7 will be held from 15-16 May in Bucharest under the theme “Connecting Education: Inclusion, Mobility & Excellence in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Discover the programme here.

Meet the Students’ Forum participants

As you know, ARC7 is composed by two main events: The Rectors’ Conference and the Students’ Forum. It is a great pleasure to introduce you the 51 Student Leaders, who will represent the 51 ASEM partner countries during the Students’ Forum.

Related Reading

University Impact Ranking 2019

Times Higher Education has recently published its 2019 University Impact Ranking. We would like to especially congratulate the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, the University of Bologna, and the University College Cork – which will be present at ARC7 – on their fantastic ranking. The importance and impact of rankings will also be one of the topics discussed during the ARC7 debate sessions.

Symposium on SDGs and Curriculum Development

The symposium “Accelerating the Implementation of Sustainable Development in the Curriculum” is co-organised by KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm between 10-11 September 2019. The Symposium will focus on  the means to integrate, promote or otherwise catalyse the implementation of teaching on sustainable development at higher education institution, assisting them in their efforts to implement the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). If you are interested in attending, you can find more information under the link:

Universities’ Sustainability Report

To outline achievements on their sustainability goals, many universities have decided to adopt sustainability reports. As an example we would like to feature the reports of two of our ARC7 participants’ universities, Mahidol University and the University of Edinburgh, and hope to inspire others to outline their sustainability progress. View the reports below:

International Association of Universities on Partnerships

With over 600 member institutions in some 130 countries the International Association of Universities (IAU), partner of ARC7, is the leading global association of higher education institutions and university associations. The latest issue of their magazine titled ‘Horizons’ is focusing on higher education partnerships for societal impact. We recommend this reading to all who are interested in the ARC7 Theme 2 on “Taking Action at Community Level: SDGs as Drivers of Societal Impact”. 

Transformative Solutions to Asia-Pacific Challenges

The role of interdisciplinarity is constantly rising. Over the past decade there has been an 85% increase in publications that mention interdisciplinarity. Learn more about the role of interdisciplinarity and about the work of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), a consortium of 50 leading research universities of the Pacific Rim, supporter of ARC7.

Voices of #ARC7

Interview with Christopher Tremewan

Dr Tremewan is the 4th Secretary General of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU). He is a specialist on social regulation in Southeast Asia, and his research has recently focused on the internationalisation of higher education.

APRU is a network of leading universities linking the Americas, Asia and Australasia bringing together thought leaders, researchers, and policy-makers to exchange ideas and collaborate on effective solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.

In ARC7, Dr Tremewan will design and chair a debate session titled “Connecting SDGs to research rankings will undermine academic quality.”

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