Erasmus+ in Asia and other initiatives in the field of Higher Education
The aim: why this e-Booth?
Erasmus+ Capacity-Building in Higher Education is one of the international opportunities offered by the Erasmus+ Programme. In addition to this, other projects, different initiatives, and events are currently implemented and organised in Asia by the European Commission, the EU Delegations and many stakeholders.
The documents and material here available will allow the new Erasmus+ CBHE beneficiaries to have a wider picture of the context where CBHE projects are implemented, and get inspiration for new contacts / opportunities for synergies with other projects / beneficiaries in the region.
The European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme
The SHARE Programme facilitates student mobility intra-ASEAN by improving the organisational framework for international higher education cooperation, and tests this through scholarships. It is underpinned by the unique European experience of building higher education cooperation at regional level. ASEAN and the EU have jointly designed the SHARE programme to support the region's ambitions to build an ASEAN Higher Education Area and the creation of an ASEAN scholarship scheme taking into account the experiences of the Bologna process and the ERASMUS programme.
For more information see the section dedicated to “existing initiatives”.
ASEM Education, an initiative of the Asia-Europe Meeting, is a platform for interregional cooperation on education between Asia and Europe, focusing on dialogue and mutual understanding on common perspectives between the two regions. It is currently developing an education strategy, and organising workshops on on its four components in January and February 2021:
- Recognition, Validation and Quality
- Inclusive and Balanced Mobility and Exchanges
- Transversal Skills
- Lifelong Learning including TVET.
Erasmus+ encourages and supports alumni networking to further individuals’ career prospects and for them to share their experience through mentoring, volunteering and outreach. You may want to hear more about their activities, and/or encourage your own students to get involved.
TUNING China, Asia, India
The Tuning approach is a process for developing compatible and comparable degree programmes that are relevant to society and have in-built mechanisms for maintaining and improving quality. A number of these have been implemented in different regions, including Asia (China, South East Asia and India).
For more information see the section dedicated to “Ongoing Initiatives”.
Study fairs and other promotional/networking events organised by the European Commission and the EU Delegations in Asia
“Study In Europe” promotes Europe as a higher education destination, and has become the brand for a number of study fairs and web/social media activities organised from Brussels and on the ground in Asia. These events are primarily aimed at students but can also be good events for institutional networking between Europe and Asia.
The “Study in Europe” project organised study fairs in Myanmar and Malaysia in December 2019.
Here are some photos of the events.
Over the 2014-2020 period, the European Commission, in cooperation with the EU Delegations, organised four regional seminars for Asia with information and hands-on advice on how to apply for Erasmus+ support. Similar workshops for the new programme will be organised (online) starting in late 2021.
The EU Delegations play a vital role in representing the EU and its citizens around the globe, and in building networks and partnerships. They are responsible for all policy areas of the relationship between the EU and the host country – be they political, economic, trade or human rights and in building relationships with partners in civil society. They also programme development cooperation through projects and grants. A fundamental aspect of a Delegation is its public diplomatic role, which consists in increasing the visibility, awareness and understanding of the EU.
In the framework of Erasmus+, the EU Delegations have an important role in promoting and supporting the projects. Moreover, under the Selection process of CBHE projects, they are consulted on the feasibility of project proposals in the countries concerned.
Here are some examples of events organised by EU Delegations:
The EU Delegation organised a virtual alumni and current student-networking event on 30 July 2020. The aim of the event was to create an informal space for Erasmus+ students and alumni to connect and, for us, to get to know this year’s intake. Erasmus candidates had a chance to introduce themselves before turning the stage over to four alumni who held a roundtable discussion on their own Erasmus experiences.
The EU Delegation also joins CBHE projects events such as the Open Day hosted by Berjaya University College, Malaysia, on 19 August 2020 under FRIENDS ('Furthering International Relations Capacities and Intercultural Engagement to Nurture Campus Diversity and to support Internationalisation at home) CBHE project.
The EU Delegation has been organising Higher Education fairs for a few years now, to promote European education through a dedicated booth on Erasmus+. They also organise Pre-Departure Orientation event every year, in coordination with the Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA) –Nepal.
Here are some photos of the events:
Here is the video of Erasmus+ scholars on the 30th Anniversary:
Several Erasmus+ events (roadshows, study fair, pre-departure) have been organised by the EU Delegation to Thailand during 2014 – 2019:
E+ Roadshows with universities in Thailand aim to promote opportunities under the Erasmus+ programme, as well as the role of the EU in the world among academics and students in different regions across Thailand. This is also a good platform to share best practices/challenges in implementing the Erasmus+ CBHE projects.
Study In Europe, organised annually as part of the OCSC International Education Expo, is the largest overseas educational fair in Thailand that promotes both Europe as a top higher education destination and the Erasmus+ scholarships. It is also a networking opportunity for the Erasmus+ community, as Erasmus+ alumni work as volunteers at the fair.
Erasmus+ Pre-departure Orientation (PDO) is an annual networking platform for the new Erasmus+ awardees to meet the EU Delegation, representatives from EU Member States, and Erasmus+ alumni. It provides an opportunity for the awardees to receive first-hand information on student life, health and safety, and some tips from the participants. This has helped to create a sustainable network of Erasmus+ alumni and awardees in Thailand, since it first launched in 2006.
In-person “Study in Europe” Education Fairs 2020 took place in Hanoi on 12 December 2020, and in Ho Chi Minh City on 13 December 2020. Despite COVID-19, the events were organised successfully and safely. There were 15 EU Member States participating and 1,803 people visited the information booths.
Official website for the annual education fairs: https://studyineurope.com.vn/
Here are some photos of the events:
Social media posts:
In order to show the students’ experience in Europe, the EU Delegation launched an online activity asking Erasmus Mundus (EM) alumni to write their actual life stories in 500 words … and to inspire the next Vietnamese generations to study in Europe. The stories were posted every Thursday on the EU Delegation Facebook page, from June-September 2020. With a total 17 stories, the series have received 2,797 Likes, 265 Shares, 34,215 engagement in actual interactions (as of October 2020), and it reached 210,239 people.
Here is an infographic summarising the entire EM stories activity:
“Connecting Europe and Asia - Building blocks for an EU Strategy”
SHARE is an ongoing programme that started in January 2015 and last until December 2022. The total EU contribution to this programme is EUR 15 million. Since 2015, the programme has awarded 489 intra-ASEAN scholarships to students from eight ASEAN countries to undertake short-term studies at 32 ASEAN universities. The SHARE programme, managed by the EU Delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, is implemented by a consortium led by the British Council, which also includes the DAAD Germany, Nuffic Netherlands, and the European Association for Quality Assurance.
Overall Objective: to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality of regional competitiveness, and the internationalisation of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) higher education institutions that contribute to the ASEAN Community.
The Specific Objectives: (1) To contribute to the harmonisation of ASEAN higher education through the formulation of ASEAN higher education frameworks that take into account the EU experience, and (2) To support mutual recognition and student mobility among higher education institutions in the ASEAN area to strengthen people-to-people connections.
1. Enhanced opportunities for policy dialogue on strategic issues of harmonisation of ASEAN higher education. These issues include equal opportunities, gender equality, promotion of equal access for girls and women to good quality higher education, which is free from discrimination, and special consideration for those living in a vulnerable situation. The project also involves a variety of stakeholders including ASEAN and the EU, as required.
2. The ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework and the ASEAN Regional Quality Assurance including disaggregated data collection will be further developed and supported, both taking into consideration the promotion of equal access for girls and women to quality higher education, which is free from discrimination.
3. ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) and ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer System (AECTS) will be further developed and tested through mobility with scholarships, which take into consideration the promotion of equal access for girls and women to good quality higher education, which is free from discrimination.
The SHARE programme has been extended for two years, until the end of 2022. The extension period will focus on providing support to ASEAN in developing its intra-ASEAN Scholarships, regional ownership, and sustainability of the programme outcomes. The programme will continually support ASEAN’s vision to build a common ASEAN higher education space, single brand scholarships, and to enhance the quality, competitiveness, and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions. Therefore, it will contribute to a people-centred ASEAN community.
EU SHARE Programme Website: https://www.share-asean.eu/
A China Tuning project was completed in 2020, and its outcomes were presented at the EU-China High-Level People-to People dialogue in November. Tuning EU-China advises on the options for a credit system for Chinese higher education that is compatible with other parts of the world, including Europe, and encourages a student-centred approach in Chinese higher education. It builds on a first phase, expanding the number of academic disciplines included.
TUNING SOUTHEAST ASIA (CBHE project coordinated by University of Deusto)
The Tuning Southeast Asia project brings together seven South Eastasian countries and six EU Member States giving 30 higher education institutions the opportunity to engage in policy dialogues, work on key issues related to harmonising competences, and enhance mutual recognition of higher education qualifications. The project applies the Tuning methodology in Southeast Asian universities in three subject areas – Civil Engineering, Medicine, and Teacher Education – in order to contribute to and support the harmonisation process within the Southeast Asia region by building a framework for comparable, compatible, and transparent degree programmes.
Project website: htps://tuningasia-southeast.org/
TUNING INDIA (CBHE project coordinated by University of Deusto)
Tuning India brings together 15 Indian universities, along with five EU partners. Academics, students, graduates, employers, and other relevant stakeholders from the five sub-regions of the country are involved in the process of (re)designing degrees to make them learner-centred, comparable and compatible, as well as relevant for society and the labour market. The change will start with four selected subject areas – Law, IC, Medicine and Teacher Education, but – thanks to the Tuning Community for India and the Tuning Centres – it is expected to go well beyond these areas, and well beyond the 15 universities.
Project website: https://tuningindia.org/
Best practices and success stories
Now that you know more about the other initiatives in Asia, here are some examples of activities implemented under the E+ CBHE projects:
ARROW Project coordinated by Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
“Improvement of Research and Innovation skills in Mongolian Universities”
The aim of the project is to improve the scientific quality of publications in Mongolian Universities by developing the writing skills/amount of publications of scientific papers in those faculties with low or very low publication rates.
Project website: www.arrow.ulpgc.es
OCULUS Project coordinated by Universitet I Sorost-Norge
“Optometry Curriculum for Lifelong Learning through Erasmus”
The project built on a consortium of educators from optometry schools with a three-pillar strategy to reform optometric education in Israel and India, and harmonise it with European standards.
Here are some beneficiaries’ testimonials.
Project website: www.oculuserasmus.org
ODISSEA Project coordinated by Universidad de Barcelona
“Organ Donation Innovative Strategies for South-East Asia”
The project aims to develop and accredit postgraduate curricula in organ donation for professionals from Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.
Project website: https://odisseaproject.eu/
UNICAM Project coordinated by Universidad de Girona
“Implementing the quality of education & training in young Universities in rural areas of Cambodia”
The main project objective is to enhance the quality of education, and develop human resources by implementing a comprehensive curriculum on Sustainable Agriculture in young Universities in rural areas of Cambodia.
Library & Resources
EU SHARE Alumni
EU SHARE Consortium
First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum
Second ASEAN Student Mobility Forum
SHARE Policy Dialogues
EU SHARE Awardee Testimony
Erasmus Mundus alumni
List of on-going CBHE projects in Asia
List of EU Delegations websites:
13. The Philippines
14. Sri Lanka