Within the consortium, Campus France is tasked with Result areas 3a and 3b which will be led simultaneously: the creation of an ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer System (AECTS) that will also be compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) and other credit transfer systems in the region.
The work of SHARE in the field of Credit Transfer Systems (CTS) aims at facilitating comparability and compatibility of study programmes, and thus at facilitating harmonious student mobility. Result area 3 activities will be correlated to Result area 2 on the qualifications framework and quality assurance led by DAAD. All SHARE activities underpinning Result areas 3a and 3b will enhance the capacity of higher education stakeholders to coordinate efforts in ensuring recognition and transfer of credits across ASEAN, thereby stimulating international student mobility (leading to Result area 3c) and increasing students’ employability in a competitive labour market.
SHARE activities in Result areas 3a and 3b build upon existing CTS in the region. The cornerstone to guaranteeing a sustainable and efficient CTS system in ASEAN is to ensure mutual trust between the Higher Education Institutions in the ASEAN region and between ASEAN and the EU. Experience from Europe shows that the instrumental value of the credit for mobility purposes is high when credits are associated to the learning outcomes. The challenge is therefore to harmonise the system in order to have comparable and transferrable credits in ASEAN that are based on commonly recognised learning outcomes.
The first year of the programme focused on preliminary work, including desk review and mapping of the existing initiatives within the 10 ASEAN Member States, as well as virtual focus groups in the CLMV countries, and the preparation of conceptualisation documents. Prior to developing a CTS, SHARE thus commissioned two studies:
- a study mapping student mobility and CTS in the ASEAN region, which was jointly published with Nuffic in February 2016;
- and a study mapping the higher education systems in each of the ASEAN Member States, which was conducted through Self-Analysis Documents. The results of this study were presented and discussed at the Ho Chi Minh workshop on 6-7 February 2016, the Paris workshop on 21-22 February 2016, and the Policy Dialogue 3 in Hanoi on 8-9 June 2016. A report summarising and updating the results of this study will be published by in 2018.
Two CTS expert panels were set up in 2015, comprising of 8 ASEAN experts and 9 EU experts, and an IT expert was also hired for the development of the SHARE Platform. The expert groups guide and shape SHARE activities and tools developed in the field of CTS.
Following the needs-identification analysis carried out through the two studies, the SHARE Platform and a first set of SHARE Mobility Tools were developed. System design and adaptation was supported by specialised workshops on Europe and Asia to better respond to the HEIs’ needs.
The SHARE Platform and the SHARE Mobility Tools are being tested through the mobility scheme led by Nuffic. In order to design a workable CTS and create a visible sustained system for sharing good practices; results and impact have been continuously evaluated. The SHARE Mobility Tools and the SHARE Platform have also been reviewed through the expert panels and partners’ expertise, which allowed for continuous improvement of RA3ab outputs.
In addition, capacity-building workshops have been held around the different ASEAN Member States, from the last trimester of 2016 until the first trimester of 2018. These workshops aim at providing support and training on the use of the SHARE Platform and the SHARE Mobility Tools, and the implementation of the CTS, to the Higher Education Institutions participating in the SHARE mobility scheme. Practical guidance and training at workshops will be accompanied by the development of a toolkit and a technical handbook for the HEIs to be published and distributed in the first trimester of 2018. In addition, several capacity-building webinars on the SHARE Mobility Tools and Platform were held in 2017 for the SHARE partner universities in Europe.
Furthermore, a “What Works Conference” will be organised in March 2018 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This conference will be organised in a more global and more strategic way. Differing from the capacity-building workshops, it will include a wider audience, with a wide span of stakeholders involved, aiming to not only share technical knowledge, but also to inform, promote and increase the visibility of Credit Transfer Systems in ASEAN and the European Higher Education Area.
Finally, consolidation and dissemination activities have been and will continue to be conducted until the end of the programme, including participation in the Policy Dialogues, assistance to Nuffic for coordination purposes, finalisation of instrumentation (including tutorials and online training tools for HEIs), promotion activities, and contribution to reports.
- AECTS Capacity Building Workshop for SHARE Universities, click here.
- What Works Conference: Boosting ASEAN Student Mobility and Launching SHARE Credit Transfer Handbook in Cambodia, click here.
- The European Expert Specialised Workshop on CTS and Handbook, click here.
- 6th SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Myanmar, click here.
- 5th SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in the Philippines, click here.
- 4th SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Vietnam, click here.
- 3rd SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Indonesia, click here.
- 2nd SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Cambodia, click here.
- 1st SHARE Credit Transfer System Capacity-Building Workshop in Malaysia, click here.
To visit the SHARE Platform and see the SHARE Mobility Tools, click below
“Student Mobility and Credit Transfer System in ASEAN: Mapping student mobility and credit transfer systems in ASEAN region” is a joint report by Campus France and EP-Nuffic, commissioned under Result 3, Credit Transfer System and Scholarships. This report identifies the actions which could be undertaken in the ASEAN region in order to enhance student mobility and to allow for the recognition of students’ study abroad period in the ASEAN region. The report is based on the results of a comprehensive mapping of mobility programmes and credit transfer systems in the ASEAN region and a joint survey by Campus France and EP-Nuffic that highlighted the obstacle that restrain student mobility with ASEAN. The report also draws attention to the negative impact of the divergent credit transfer systems in the ASEAN region.
To download the report of Student Mobility and CTS please click here.