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Sunday, 12 May 2019
Venue | InterContinental Bucharest 
Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, București 010051, Romania
08:00 – 17:00 Participants arriving throughout the day
17:00 – 19:00 Registration at Hotel InterContinental Bucharest
19:00 – 21:00 Welcome Reception with the Students’ Forum Participants

Venue Ι InterContinental Bucharest
Bulevardul Nicolae Bălcescu 4, București 010051 Romania

Monday, 13 May 2019
Venue | Palace of the Parliament
2-4 Izvor street, District 5 Bucharest, 050561 Romania
08:00 – 09:00 Arrival to the Palace of Parliament and Registration
09:00 – 09:10 Welcome Remarks
Room Nicolae Iorga

  • Prof Remus PRICOPIE, Rector, National University of Political Science and Public Administration (SNSPA)
  • Prof Sorin Mihai CÎMPEANU, President of the Romanian National Council of Rectors, President of L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF); Rector of the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Bucharest, Romania
  • HE Karsten WARNECKE, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
09:10 – 09:15 Message from the Presidents’ Office
Room Nicolae Iorga

  • Ms Liga DECA, State Adviser, Department of Education and Research, Office of the President of Romania
9:15 – 9:45 Key Messages
Room Nicolae Iorga

  • Mr Ramu DAMODARAN, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact
  • Prof Adrian CURAJ, General Director, Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding, Romania; and UNESCO Chair on Science and Innovation Policies, SNSPA
09:45 – 10:45 Opening Panel Discussion 1
Taking Action at Home: SDGs as Core Pillars of University Governance
Room Nicolae Iorga
The aim of this session is to demonstrate how universities can make best use of their abilities and capacities to address the Sustainable Development Goals. Panellists will discuss visions and missions of universities within the framework of the sustainable development agenda, and the ability of institutions to link knowledge, research, education to contribute to the SDGs. The importance of cherishing values (like academic freedom, autonomy, participation) will be also discussed, and ways of balancing it with the more “technical” or “utilitarian” tasks and demands (like employability, skills for the labour market).

  • Prof Pam FREDMAN, President of the International Association of Universities (IAU)
  • Ms Katrina KOPPEL, Vice-President, European Students’ Union (ESU)
  • Prof Michael MURPHY, President, European University Association (EUA)
  • Prof Anne PAKIR, Associate Vice President (University & Global Relations), National University of Singapore (NUS)

Moderated by Prof Remus PRICOPIE, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)

10:45 – 11.00 ARC Origins, Vision and Mission
Room Nicolae Iorga

11:00 – 11.30 Family Photo and Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Working Group Sessions Part 1
The Working Group Sessions are facilitated discussions to exchange good practices and discuss the Policy Recommendations (PRs) of rectors to the ASEM Ministers of Education. The PRs will be pre-drafted by the Conference Organising Committee and circulated among participants before the conference. Participants can select from among 6 parallel Working Group sessions along the 3 themes of ARC7:
Theme 1
Taking Action at Home: SDGs as Core Pillars of University Governance
Working Group 1A
Room Nicolae Balcescu
Working Group 1B
Room Drepturile Omului

Facilitated by Dr Chantavit SUJATANOND, Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (RIHED)

Facilitated by Ms Thérèse ZHANG PULKOWSKI, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

Theme 2
Taking Action at Community Level: SDGs as Drivers of University Societal Impact
Working Group 2A
Room Unirii
Working Group 2B
Room Constantin Stere

Facilitated by Dr Choltis DHIRATHITI, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network (AUN)

Facilitated by Dr WANG Libing, Chief of Section, Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education UNESCO Bangkok

Theme 3
Taking Action at International Level: SDGs as a Catalyst to Reorient Internationalisation
Working Group 3A
Room Avram Iancu
Working Group 3B
Room Spiru Haret
  • Prof Ashish BHARADWAJ, Executive Director, Office of Rankings, Benchmarking and Institutional Transformation (ORBIT), O.P. Jindal Global University, India
  • Prof Alpaslan OZERDEM, Associate Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, Coventry University, United Kingdom

Facilitated by Mr Sebastian SPERLICH, Head of Section Sustainable Development, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

  • Prof Joanne PAGÈZE, Vice-President for Internationalisation, University of Bordeaux
  • Mr James TANG, Secretary-General, The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong, China

Facilitated by Mr Giorgio MARINONI, Manager for HE and Internationalization Policy, International Association of Universities (IAU)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch with student leaders from Asia and Europe
Salonul Brancovenesc
14:00 – 15:30 Working Group Sessions Part 2
The Working Group Sessions are facilitated discussions to exchange good practices and discuss the Policy Recommendations (PRs) of rectors to the ASEM Ministers of Education. The PRs will be pre-drafted by the Conference Organising Committee and circulated among participants before the conference. Participants can select from among 6 parallel Working Group sessions along the 3 themes of ARC7:
Theme 1
Taking Action at Home: SDGs as Core Pillars of University Governance
Working Group 1A
Room Nicolae Balcescu
Working Group 1B
Room Drepturile Omului

Facilitated by Dr Chantavit SUJATANOND, Director, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (RIHED)

Facilitated by Ms Thérèse ZHANG PULKOWSKI, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA)

Theme 2
Taking Action at Community Level: SDGs as Drivers of University Societal Impact
Working Group 2A
Room Unirii
Working Group 2B
Room Constantin Stere

Facilitated by Dr Choltis DHIRATHITI, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network (AUN)

Facilitated by Dr WANG Libing, Chief of Section, Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education UNESCO Bangkok

Theme 3
Taking Action at International Level: SDGs as a Catalyst to Reorient Internationalisation
Working Group 3A
Room Avram Iancu
Working Group 3B
Room Spiru Haret
  • Prof Maria de Lurdes CORREIA FERNANDES, Vice-Rector for Education, Academic Affairs and International Cooperation, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Dr VO Huan, Deputy Head, Office of External and Public Relations, International University (VNU-HCMC)

Facilitated by Mr Sebastian SPERLICH, Head of Section Sustainable Development, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

Facilitated by Mr Giorgio MARINONI, Manager for HE and Internationalisation Policy, International Association of Universities (IAU)

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break
Salonul Brancovenesc
16:00 – 17:00 Panel Discussion 2
Taking Action at Community Level: SDGs as Drivers of University Societal Impact
Room Nicolae Iorga
The aim of this session is to review the different approaches how higher education actors (universities, students, regional networks) can play together to realise the SDGs, engage local communities and civil society in providing sustainable research and teaching, how can they translate the global goals into local actions, and what is the added value that SDGs can provide in these partnerships.

Moderated by Ms Nadia REYNDERS, Head, ASEM Education Secretariat (AES)

17:00 – 18:00 Leadership Swap Sessions led by students

The Leadership Swap Sessions are facilitated by student leaders, who bring fresh ideas to the table and nudge participants to look at problems from a different perspective. There will be 4 parallel sessions organised on different topics related to the conference.

Making education a force for good with Education for Sustainable Development”
Room Nicolae Balcescu
Facilitated by Ms Meg BAKER, Senior Project Officer – Education for Sustainable Development, National Union of Students, United Kingdom

This session will share knowledge of student interest and demand for sustainability learning and opportunities in their tertiary education experience from UK and international survey findings. Meg will share lessons learned from National Union of Students (UK) and the approaches they are taking to support further and higher education institutions to embed impactful learning for societal impact in all areas of the curriculum.

“Universities as key elements of social dimension of higher education”
Room Constantin Stere
Facilitated by Mr Stefan Marius DEACONU, Former President, National Alliance of Student Organisations in Romania

SDG 4.3 tackles the problem of equal participation of women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university. Starting from this goal, this session will focus on how accessibility towards higher education can grow. As the ASEM Ministers of Education acknowledged in Singapore during their last session (ASEMME6), higher education has an important contribution to create a more inclusive society. The session showcases good practice from students’ perspective on two different levels: taking action at home and taking action at community level.

“Reintegration of students after their international mobility experience”
Room Avram Iancu
Facilitated by Ms Marie-Céline FALISSE, Liaison Officer, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)

The session will highlight how reintegration plays an essential and strategic role in quality mobility and global citizenship education. Research conducted by ESN has shown that 7 out of 10 students are convinced of the necessity of reintegration services for homecoming students, however, the availability of such services at higher education institutions are often lacking (only 17% have access to language support, 22% to career consulting, <50% to support current or future mobile students). The participants of this session are invited to discuss the role of higher education institutions and student organisations in making quality reintegration a reality, and how the ASEM Education Process can support these actions.

“Impact Education Lab: How to Equip Youth with Skills that Enable them to Make a Change in the World”
Room Spiru Haret
Facilitated by Ms Lucia LOPOSOVA, Vice-President, Eramus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA)

This session focuses on social entrepreneurship and experiential learning of students. Lucia will demonstrate the model of impact education courses taught at the University of Hong Kong, and will facilitate a brainstorming session on opportunities and barriers of implementing similar models in other higher education institutions, to equip more students to make a change in their communities. The workshop will make use of modern technology to engage the audience but no more than a smartphone and the internet connection will be required for the participants.

18:00 – 19:00 Travel to Dinner Venue
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner and Cultural Evening

with the 51 Students’ Forum participants from the 51 ASEM countries

Welcome Remarks by HE Radu SAFTA, ASEM Senior Officials and Director General  Global Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Romania

Venue Ι National Museum of Art of Romania
Calea Victoriei 49-53, București 010063, Romania
http://www.mnar.arts.ro/

Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Venue | Palace of the Parliament
2-4 Izvor street, District 5 Bucharest, 050561 Romania
08:00 – 09:00 Arrival to Palace of Parliament
09:00 – 09:15

Introduction to Day2

Room Nicolae Iorga

09:15 – 10:15 Panel Discussion 3
Taking Action at International Level: SDGs as a Catalyst to Reorient Internationalisation
Room Nicolae Iorga
The aim of this session is to explore what kind of international partnerships do universities engage in, what is the shared purpose of these, and how do they contribute to the SDGs? Panellists will discuss how persons and ideas flow across borders, and how to generate dynamics among different systems and silos of research and education for the sake of the SDGs. The discussion will also focus on ethical and equitable international mobility of students and staff, and its contribution to sustainability.
  • Prof Caroline BENTON, Vice President and Executive Director for Global Affairs, Tsukuba University, Japan
  • Prof Orla FEELY, Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • Prof Catherine MORAN, Assistant Vice-Chancellor, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Dr Eden Y WOON, President, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)

Moderated by Dr Hilligje VAN’T LAND, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU)

10:15 – 11:00 Coffee Break
Salonul Brancovenesc
11:00 – 12:30 Parallel Debate Sessions
Designed by ARC partner organisations, these sessions provide food for thought in an innovative format. The aim of the Oxford style debate approach is to tackle one consensual topic from two different or opposing points of view, requesting the participants to take a side before the debate and see how their opinion has shifted by the end of the sessions. There will be several parallel sessions participants can choose from.
“Connecting SDGs to research rankings will undermine academic quality.”
Room Nicolae Balcescu
Designed by Dr Christopher TREMEWAN, Secretary General, Association of Pacific -Rim Universities (APRU). Debaters:

  • Mr Phil BATY, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education (THE)
  • Prof Sunhyuk KIM, Professor of Political Science and Former Vice President for International Affairs, Korea University, Korea

Curiosity-driven research is often claimed as ultimately more productive than mission-driven research. Imposing narrow objectives is destructive of the serendipitous nature of research, especially when the value of it may only be recognized much later. On the other hand, universities have a responsibility to demonstrate that their use of public funding for research contributes to society’s well-being. Governments have the right to decide how public funding is used and corporations should be able to fund research that brings returns on investment. In any case, at this time of global inequality and ecosystem crisis, don’t we need to inspire students and faculty to focus on solving global issues? Is measuring the relevance of research to the Sustainable Development Goals as a feature of university rankings a way to achieve this? Or will it undermine the value of research?

“Does making higher education free make it more equitable?”
Room Constatin Stere
Designed by Dr Graeme ATHERTON, Director, National Education Opportunities Network (NEON). Debaters:

Recent years have seen rising concern that access to higher education (HE) is becoming more inequitable and making HE free is the way to combat this problem. From Scotland to the Philippines governments are saying that a university education is a right not a privilege. But does free tuition actually mean exclusion not entry? Does it open the doors to all or starve universities of the resources they need to expand? Guest speakers from Europe and Asia will debate this issue and participants will be asked to take the side they support.

“Partnerships are crucial for achieving the SDGs: Should universities play a managerial or a participatory role?”
Room Spiru Haret
Designed by Dr Josep M. VILALTA, Director, Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi). Debaters:

  • Prof Dato’ Dr Imran HO ABDULLAH, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Industry and Community Partnerships), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Chair, University Social Responsibility and Sustainability Thematic Network, ASEAN University Network (AUN)
  • Dr Dalibor MIKULÁŠ, Head of International Relations Office, Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

In the framework of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in a time where our world is more connected and interdependent than ever, successful multi-stakeholder partnerships seem to be essential in order to implement solutions to achieve sustainable development. But, what role should higher institutions play in those partnerships to make them work towards the 2030 Agenda? Should universities play a managerial role or a participatory role? Which one of the two models has more impact? Which one is more democratic in the higher education context? What are the main challenges in terms of establishment, sustainability and success of these kind of  multi-stakeholder partnerships in higher education?

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
Salonul Brancovenesc
14:00 – 15:00 Closing Panel Discussion 4
Taking Action in Asia and Europe: Cooperation and Partnerships on SDGs
Room Nicolae Iroga
The Closing Panel Discussion summarizes the take-aways and recommendations of the conference. It draws a conclusion on how higher education can influence its social environment through SDGs, and how university sectors can work together (in Asia, in Europe, between Asia and Europe, globally), and continue to feed into the Agenda 2030.
  • Dr Pornchai MONGKHONVANIT, President, Siam University, Thailand
  • Prof Göran FINNVEDEN, Vice President for Sustainability, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Mr Joao PINTO, President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • Deputy Minister Dr Alma Ruby C TORIO, Department of Education, The Philippines

Moderated by Ms Leonie NAGARAJAN, Director, Education Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)

15:00 – 16:15 Presentation of Policy Recommendations
from the Rectors’ Conference and the Students’ Forum, followed by discussion and Q&A
Room Nicolae Iorga
16:15 – 17:00 Hand-over of the ARC7 Policy Recommendations to:
  • Dr Ecaterina ANDRONESCU, Minister of National Education, Romania, Host of the 7th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME7)
  • ASEM Minister of Education, Asia (to be announced)
Reflections and closing remarks
Room Nicolae Iorga
17:00 – 17:30 Refreshment
17:30 – 18:00 Introduction to Bucharest History and Highlights
Room Nicolae Iorga
18:00 – 19:00 Travel to Dinner Venue 
19:00 – 22:00 Closing Dinner of ARC7
Joint Dinner with participants of the ARC7 Students’ Forum, ARC7 Rectors’ Conference, ASEM Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM2), ASEM Ministers’ of Education (ASEM ME)

Venue Ι Romanian Athenaeum
Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3, București 030167, Romania

Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Venue | Prahova Valley
Dracula Castle, City of Brasov

7:30 – 19:30

 

Optional Cultural Visit

Optional full day cultural trip to Prahova Valley, visiting the Dracula Castle, City of Brasov, with lunch at the courtesy of the Transilvania University of Brasov, Rector Prof Ioan Vasile ABRUDAN.

 

 

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