BACKGROUND ON THE ARC SERIES
Established in 2008, the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum, now known as the ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC), is a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university leaders, policymakers and education practitioners, and students to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia and Europe.
ARC is recognised as the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEM ME). Its results, including policy recommendations and research, feed into the preparation of ASEM MEs, which ARC rectors and student representatives are invited to attend. As part of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP), ARC contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ARC takes place biennially, with locations alternating between Asia and Europe. To date, over 650 university leaders representing 299 universities from 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries have participated in the conferences.
THE UPCOMING 8TH ASEF’S RECTORS’ CONFERENCE AND STUDENTS’ FORUM
The upcoming 8th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting will be hosted by Thailand in 2021. The 8th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education is aligned with the topic and the timing of the Ministerial Meeting and updates.
KEY CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ARC SERIES
- Engagement in the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Education Process, including the bi-annual ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME)
- Opportunity to shape the evolving Asia-Europe educational landscape, form policy recommendations to thematically responsive capacity training
- Experiential higher education Conference fusing content-focused sessions with hands-on workshops
- Network of university leaders across 51 Asian and European countries
The participants of the Rectors’ Conference will discuss a set of Policy Recommendations prepared by the partner organizations of ARC (EUA, IAU, AUN) in collaboration with a focus group of rectors from Asia and Europe, and the finalized content will be delivered to 7th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting. The Students’ Forum participants will develop another set of Policy Recommendations for the ASEM Education Ministers based on the skills they acquire during the preparation period and based on the knowledge they exchange.