The SHARE Programme participated in the EU Delegation to Singapore’s Study in Europe Virtual Fair last Saturday morning 25th September. On this occassion, SHARE took the opportunity to introduce its work with ASEAN partners and upcoming intra-ASEAN student exchange scholarships for ASEAN students.

The Singapore Study in Europe Fair has been held for fifteen years in a row to connect international students to universities, research, and scholarship opportunities offered across Europe.

Through her introductory video, EU Ambassador for Singapore, Iwona Piorko said that Study in Europe offers the best opportunity for ASEAN students to learn about European universities. She further emphasised that ASEAN is an extremely important region for EU. And thus, as a programme funded by the EU, SHARE serves an important role to share the experience among the students from the region.

In his welcoming remarks, EU Ambassador for ASEAN, H.E. Igor Driesmans mentioned that “Higher education and students have always been an important part of our relationship with ASEAN. We would like to ensure that youth and women are included, empowered, so that no one is left behind.” He went on to say that through the SHARE Programme, the EU can contribute to the establishment of ASEAN branded scholarship scheme by sharing EU’s experience in supporting internal student mobility as shown from the success of Erasmus+.

SHARE Team Leader, Mr. Darren McDermott and the SHARE Scholarship Programme Manager, Mr. Arief Maulana presented SHARE’s ongoing work with ASEAN partners and upcoming virtual exchange scholarship opportunities. A SHARE Scholarship alumnus from Diponegoro University who studied at Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Alex Haekal Abdurrahman, also joined to share his experience of living and studying abroad. This year’s Study in Europe Singapore Fair was viewed by over 15,000 attendees from across the ASEAN region and beyond.

About the Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme:

The SHARE Programme is the EU’s flagship initiative on higher education, supported by a consortium comprising of the British Council, the DAAD, ENQA, and Nuffic. The consortium will bring in their expertise and experience under the SHARE programme extension, to support the establishment of an ASEAN Higher Education Space towards greater harmonisation of ASEAN higher education to support regional student mobility across the region.

A budget of €5,000,000 has been committed by the EU, including co-financing of €175,000 by the British Council, for the next phase of the SHARE Programme. The benefits will extend to a wide range of ASEAN entities, higher education institutions, and students. The SHARE Programme will also catalyse the transfer of ownership of programme outcomes to ASEAN entities and nominated organisations to sustain the progress made in the past six years. Therefore, this two-year extension will enable the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programme in the following areas:

  • Developing ASEAN Communities of Practice for greater coordination, knowledge management, and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL);
  • Strengthening of regional initiatives on quality assurance and accreditation of higher education institutions and study programmes;
  • Supporting the implementation of national qualifications frameworks and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF);
  • Contributing to the ongoing work of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN);
  • Supporting the move to Outcome Based Education (OBE) pedagogy;
  • Producing a study on ‘Graduate Employability in ASEAN’ as part of a series of studies to support the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025;
  • Implementing digital modalities of internationalisation including Virtual Exchange and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL);
  • Piloting digital credentials recognition and portability to enhance the ASEAN – Europe Credit Transfer System (AECTS) mechanism.

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