SHARE alumni participated at the ASEAN-EU Consultation Workshop on Higher Education: The Future of the ASEAN Higher Education Space and the Role of SHARE in 2018 at ASEAN Secretariat.

The EU and ASEAN are joining forces to create a more connected and dynamic higher education landscape through the EU-ASEAN Sustainable Connectivity Package – Higher Education Programme (SCOPE-HE). This initiative is funded by the European Union, implemented by Nuffic, the Netherlands’ organisation for internationalisation in education, in partnership with the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), builds upon the successes of previous programmes like SHARE and ERASMUS+.

Why is SCOPE-HE Needed?

Higher education systems in Southeast Asia face challenges in accessibility, inclusivity, and ensuring their graduates have the skills needed in the job market. Improved cooperation and exchange between ASEAN universities is crucial to address these issues and foster a more competitive regional economy. SCOPE-HE aims to bridge this gap by:

Enhancing Student and Academic Mobility The programme will facilitate the movement of students and academics between ASEAN and EU institutions, working towards the mutual recognition of qualifications. This will create more opportunities for international experiences and contribute to a more vibrant regional knowledge exchange.

Strengthening EU-ASEAN University Networks:  By fostering research and technological collaboration, SCOPE-HE will empower universities to tackle global challenges together. The programme will leverage existing partnerships and create new ones, focusing on areas like green transition, digital transformation, and the blue economy.

Building a Connected and Skilled Workforce:  Recognising the importance of aligning vocational education and training (VET) programs with labour market needs, SCOPE-HE will bridge the skills gap by strengthening connections between VET institutions and the private sector, particularly in green transition and digitalisation sectors.


Expected Outcomes

Through its collaborative approach, SCOPE-HE hopes to achieve:

  • Increased student and academic mobility within ASEAN and between ASEAN and the EU.
  • Stronger university networks fostering research and technological connectivity to tackle global challenges.
  • A robust ASEAN network of vocational education institutions and businesses focusing on green transition, digital transformation, and the blue economy.

Looking Ahead

SCOPE-HE represents a significant step forward in EU-ASEAN cooperation. It promises to enhance educational opportunities, empower future generations, and strengthen the overall economic and social fabric of the region.

SCOPE-HE is part of the EU-ASEAN Sustainable Connectivity Package and aims to enhance exchanges and connectivity in higher education, research, technical and vocational education and training (TVET), between ASEAN and the EU. Focusing on green transition, blue economy, and digitalisation, the programme builds on the successes of the EU Support to Higher Education Programme in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) and ERASMUS+. The programme involves representatives from all ASEAN Member States.

Name of the actionEU-ASEAN Sustainable Connectivity Package

Higher Education Programme (SCOPE-HE)

Commissioned byEuropean Union
Partnering withAssociation of Southeast Asian Nations

The Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education

Implementing PartnerDAAD

German Academic Exchange Service

Programme regionEU-ASEAN Member States
DurationFebruary 2024 – January 2028
ValueEUR 9.300.000


Key Activities

SCOPE-HE focuses on three main pillars of key activities designed to strengthen higher education collaboration between the European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) regions. Each pillar addresses specific areas to promote academic mobility, university network development, and improvements in vocational education and training (VET).

  • Academic Mobility pillar aims to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among key ASEAN institutions. This includes holding policy dialogues to discuss findings and share best practices in educational services, providing technical assistance and capacity-building, and conducting comparability studies between ASEAN and EU frameworks. Additionally, workshops and events are organised to build capacity in higher education and disseminate the results of comparative studies. These activities aim to enhance the recognition of academic and professional qualifications and foster a more integrated and robust educational environment across the regions.
  • University Network pillar focuses on supporting and developing EU-ASEAN university networks to foster research connectivity. This involves facilitating dialogues among higher education and research institutions to strengthen these networks, organising networking and capacity-building activities for university students, and prioritising research activities in areas like the green transition, digital transformation, and the blue economy. Furthermore, the programme implements mobility schemes for doctoral students and researchers and holds thematic research symposia to promote collaboration and innovation among EU-ASEAN university networks.
  • Vocational Network pillar seeks to improve graduate employability and enhance connectivity between vocational education institutions and the private sector. Key activities include facilitating dialogue to improve employability, conducting studies on graduate employability, and providing capacity-building to strengthen regional networks. Additionally, the programme designs and implements an ASEAN-wide Labour Market Insight (LMI) website, organises multi-stakeholder workshops, and develops an online mentoring platform to support capacity-building. These efforts are aimed at fostering stronger connections between vocational education and industry, particularly in the context of the green transition and digitalisation.

 Expected Result

  • Strengthened student and academic mobility in line with the relevant ASEAN strategy and action plan in this area.
  • Stronger EU-ASEAN cross-regional University Networks to jointly tackle global challenges by fostering research and technological connectivity.
  • Stronger ASEAN regional network of Vocational Education Training Institutions and businesses focusing on ‘green transition’, ‘digital transformation and ‘blue economy’.

Launch of SCOPE-HE

Join us for the in-person launch of SCOPE-HE!

Funded by the EU, SCOPE-HE is a key component of the EU-ASEAN Sustainable Connectivity Package, designed to strengthen exchanges and connectivity in higher education, research, and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) within the region and between the two regions. Building on the successes of the EU Support to Higher Education Programme in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) and ERASMUS+, SCOPE-HE prioritizes Green Transition, Blue Economy, and Digitalisation.

Event Details:

Date: 17 July 2024
Time: 9.30 – 13.00 hrs Western Indonesian Time (WIB)
Location: Nusantara Hall, ASEAN Secretariat
Jl. Sisingamangaraja No. 70A, Jakarta 12110, Indonesia

 Key Highlights:

  • Opening remarks by:
    • E. Dr. Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of ASEAN
    • E. Sujiro Seam, EU Ambassador to ASEAN
  • Panel Discussion:
    • Moderator: Frank Feulner, Team Leader of SCOPE-HE
    • Panelists: A distinguished representative from each of the following sectors: government, business, education.
    • Theme: “Fostering EU-ASEAN Collaboration: Empowering Future Leaders through Education and Industry Partnerships in Southeast Asia”

We invite key stakeholders from across ASEAN and the EU to participate, including representatives from government, education institutions, the private sector, international organisations, and relevant organisations and projects.

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Today, ASEAN and the European Union (EU) launched a new programme called Sustainable Connectivity Package (SCOPE) in Higher Education at the ASEAN Headquarters in Jakarta.

The launch event of SCOPE Higher Education programme was officiated by Dr Kao Kim Hourn, Secretary-General of ASEAN, and Sujiro Seam, EU Ambassador to ASEAN.

The programme is designed to enhance sustainable connectivity between the EU and ASEAN and within ASEAN itself. The programme will support all ASEAN Member States with a funding value of €9.3 million until January 2028 and aims at strengthening student and academic mobility in ASEAN, fostering EU-ASEAN cross-regional university networks in research, and strengthening vocational education, focusing on the green transition, sustainability and digitalisation.

“The collaboration between ASEAN and the EU through this programme will undoubtedly enrich our educational landscapes, fostering mutual understanding and driving collective progress. These partnerships not only empower our future leaders but also serve as bridges that close divides and create equitable opportunities for all,’’ Dr Kao Kim HournSecretary-General of ASEAN, said.

“Southeast Asia is a key region, and we want to further develop sustainable and trusted connections with ASEAN countries. People-to-people connectivity and investment in education and research are key components of the ASEAN-EU Strategic Partnership,” Sujiro Seam, EU Ambassador to ASEAN, said.

“Today, we celebrated the launch of the SCOPE Higher Education programme and explored avenues to further develop this cooperation in the context of the EU Global Gateway Strategy, working with partners for the betterment of our regions and their people,” he added.

Sustainable connectivity is one of the key priority areas for EU cooperation with ASEAN. The SCOPE Higher Education Project is part of the overall EU-ASEAN Sustainable Connectivity Package (SCOPE) that was adopted by the EU in April 2023. In addition to the higher education project, the SCOPE package – with a total commitment of €60 million – will cover other sectors such as trade, intellectual property rights, air and maritime transport, digital connectivity, energy and investments.

The SCOPE programme is part of the Global Gateway, a new European strategy to promote sustainable investments and links around the world through the promotion of smart, clean, and secure links in climate and energy, digital, health, transport, education, and research across the world.

The SCOPE Higher Education programme builds on the success of the EU’s Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) programme, which awarded 590 intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-Europe scholarships and facilitated over 1,600 virtual exchanges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, through the Erasmus Plus programme, the EU granted Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s degree scholarships to more than 200 ASEAN students, allowing them to study in two or more European countries. From 2014 to 2023, nearly 12,000 ASEAN students and scholars participated in short-term studies and teaching in Europe, while around 6,000 European students and scholars came to ASEAN for similar opportunities.

In research, the EU funded 90 grants through the Horizon Europe programme between 2021 and 2024, involving 109 institutions from ASEAN, with a total EU contribution of €10.6 million.



The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was established on 8 August 1967 and constitutes ten Member States: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam. On 31 December 2015, the ASEAN Community was formally established, encompassing the political-security, economic and socio-cultural pillars. The ASEAN Headquarters is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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