"Placing Students at the Centre: The Role of Degree Structures and Learning Outcomes in ASEAN"
24-25 February 2016
The nature of higher education has been changing everywhere in the world: Once an ‘elite’ education preparing a small stratum of society for academic careers, increasingly it is reaching out to a diverse student body with varied social and educational backgrounds.
As global systems evolve, how can mass higher education provide student centred learning and flexible study career paths? How can it concurrently respond to the different individual motivations and talents of students, while taking into account rapid changes in the labour market and the need for active citizenship? These questions are increasingly at the heart of international higher education reform processes.
This Policy Dialogue will specifically address developments in ASEAN and Europe that are focused on putting the ‘student at the centre’ of reform in degree structures, teaching and learning.
Organised as part of the project “European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region” (SHARE) is taking forward the debate on how degrees and degree structures in ASEAN are defined, and whether they allow the flexible study pathways that society and knowledge based economies demand.
It will spotlight student centred learning and learning outcomes, but also address issues of recognition and mobility, drawing upon the results of two studies conducted by the project on degree structures and qualifications frameworks in ASEAN. Following the success of SHARE’s inaugural Policy Dialogue on ‘Enhancing Connectivity and Comparability in ASEAN Higher Education’ (Jakarta, 24-25 August 2015), this second Policy Dialogue event, is organised by the SHARE implementing consortium in collaboration with the ASEAN University Network (AUN).
The target audience will be around 100 participants from the academic community in ASEAN, including HE regional organisations, national ministries and policy makers, national university associations, university leadership, student representatives as well as some practitioners involved in recognition, mobility and programme design.
Creating such a varied audience will generate both institutional, student and policy perspectives on the issues. A number of European speakers and institutions will also be invited to share their experiences with regards to the European Higher Education Area.
A consortium of British Council (lead), Campus France, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EP-Nuffic, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the European University Association (EUA) are working with ASEAN counterparts to implement SHARE from 2015 to 2019. The programme has the broad remit to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality, competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions and students, contributing to an ASEAN Community beyond 2015. SHARE's work can be grouped in five result areas:
Policy Dialogues (PDs): in support of harmonization of higher education in the ASEAN region with policy-makers as well as technical specialists.
Qualifications Frameworks (QFs): supporting the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and the work of the related AQRF Task Force with a focus on higher education.
Quality Assurance (QA): A combination of European-ASEAN dialogues, framework development, piloting and dissemination activities as well as capacity development measures aim to foster the ASEAN QA Framework in HE (AQAFHE) at regional / national levels. The emphasis is on external quality assurance (EQA).
ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) & ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer Systems (AECTS): The existing Asia-based credit transfer systems (CTS) will be mapped, providing needs identification of ACTS and AECTS and support HEIs to implement them. The method and instruments for CTS will be designed and include development of a common platform for online credit transfer, ACTS/AECTS will then be piloted via this common platform, and results and impact will be evaluated.
ACTS & AECTS Student Mobility with Scholarships: Scholarships will be provided to boost mobility between ASEAN countries and with Europe and test the A(E)CTS and ACTS, a promotion and outreach strategy will be developed and delivered in collaboration with selected HEIs, and a Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of the scholarship scheme will capture the experience of students and home/host HEIs, especially in A(E)CTS.
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