November 19, 2017

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

14-15 June 2017

Manila, Philippines

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to attend the First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum last 14-15 June 2017 in Conrad Hotel, Manila, Philippines. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the Alumni from the three existing mobility schemes in the region, namely, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development’s (SEAMEO RIHED) AIMS Programme, ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union’s SHARE Programme and ASEAN University Network’s ASEAN Credit Transfer System (AUN-ACTS) to gather and share their experiences together as participants of their respective mobility programmes.

Alumni from each Southeast Asian mobility scheme presented the background of their respective student mobility schemes and their experiences as its recipients in the session: The Current Picture of Regional Student Mobility in ASEAN. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, accompanied Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, an AIMS Programme (formerly M-I-T Student Mobility Programme) Alumni as panel members in the aforementioned session.

Alumni from the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship also participated in the event and actively expressed both the good and bad of their experiences as mobilised and internationalised students.

Apart from this forum being beneficial for the students and alumni, this forum has also been remarkably advantageous for the policy and decision makers for higher education in the region. With all the resource persons gathered, they have started to map out the current set up of the various student mobility schemes in the region.

One of the highlights of the forum was the ASEAN Debate where the students were asked to represent their respective countries to form a national team in an ASEAN-style meeting briefly presenting the strengths and weaknesses of higher education in each ASEAN Member Country.

These are all thanks to the SHARE Programme Team led by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the President, and National Organizing Committee, Republic of the Philippines for organising and hosting this fruitful event.

 

More than 200 participants attended the First SHARE Student Mobility Forum

 

Students representing their country in the ASEAN Debate

 

Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, AIMS Alumni, and Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED as panel members during the session: The Current Picture of Student Mobility in ASEAN.

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, receiving her token of appreciation from Mr. Napoleon Imperial, Director IV of CHED.