The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC7) is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the  National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), and the Romanian Ministry of Education, between 11-15 May 2019 in Bucharest, Romania.

Open Call for Application
The participants of the ARC7 Students’ Forum are selected via an Open Call for Application. We have invited all students from the countries of the Asia-Europe Meeting to apply by Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11.30 AM GMT, who meet the following criteria: 

  • Citizens of any of the 51 ASEM partner countries between the ages 18 and 30; 
  • University students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral);  
  • Members and leaders of student associations engaged in academic affairs, student life or sustainability matters;  
  • Individuals with a strong command of English (verbal and written)  

The applications were screened by the ARC7 Secretariat and ARC7 Organising partners. We were looking for students with a curious, analytical and reflective mind-set who has through their choices of education, profession or personal activities showcased a strong interest and potential knowledge on the key thematic areas of the project, namely: Sustainable Development, Higher Education, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), University Societal Impact, and Internationalisation of higher education.  

8-week Online Preparatory Phase 
Selected participants of the ARC7 Students’ Forum will have the opportunity to join webinars led by renowned researchers and professionals, conduct research and develop position papers throughout the 8-week long preparatory phase. 

4-day Students’ Forum  
The Students’ Forum gathers 51 student leaders from 51 countries and about 15 resource persons. The programme consists of panel discussions, plenary and working group sessions, and cultural events. To facilitate exchange between rectors and students, students are invited to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremony of the Rectors’ Conference, and there will be several ‘speed-dating’ networking session during coffee breaks and social events.

The ultimate outcome of the Student’ Forum is to draft Policy Recommendations for the deliberation of the 7th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME7). Student participants will be assisted during an 8-week long online preparatory phase to come up with ideas and will be participating at facilitated working group sessions during the on-site phase to finalise their recommendations. Since the ministerial conference is happening right after ARC7, selected students will have the opportunity to meet and exchange their ideas with senior officials and ministers as well.

Handover of Policy Recommendation and link to ASEM ME
ARC closes with the personal hand-over of policy recommendations by Rectors and Students to the hosting country of ASEM MEs. Representatives from ARC are also invited to participate in ASEM Education Ministerial Meetings. Please send your inquiries to the ARC7 Secretariat at


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