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Panel Discussion on Higher Education Cooperation and Students Mobility in ASEAN
2 November, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
ASEAN aims to harmonize higher education in the region with the aim to enhance regional competitiveness; build a common ASEAN identity; and foster intraregional economic gains. In particular, efforts have been directed at: (1) fostering education cooperation through comparability of higher education systems using a regional quality assurance and qualifications framework; and (2) allowing greater movement of students and through a common credit transfer system and appropriate support structure and mechanism for student and staff mobility.
While a priority for ASEAN, there is still much to be done in fostering integration in the education sector, ranging from creating public awareness and eliminating barriers to better synergize programs. The panel discussion on 2 November at 5.30 at SEA Junction will address some of the benefits and challenges of economic integration in the context of student mobility and education cooperation. Invited speakers are:
- Jaruwat Kiatiwongse,Director, International Network Development Office, Bangkok University: “Student Mobility in ASEAN: Trends and Experiences”
- Zin Mar Oo, Program Director, Thabyay Education Foundation: “Supporting Students from Myanmar to Study Abroad”
- (Tentative) Khamcoo Chaiwat, Chulalongkorn University, “ASEAN Program on KPI”
This event is the sixth of a series of events on movements of people in Southeast Asia entitled ASEAN People in Flux, which is organized by SEA Junction in collaboration with the Heinrich Boll Stiftung Southeast Asia. The series consisting of seven interrelated events aims to examine the complexity of intraregional mobility spurred by regionalization efforts and to discuss the policies governing it. In particular, by putting a spot on different kinds of people’s movements, the series highlights the double standards in the ASEAN’s approach to mobility. On one side, ASEAN promotes “people to people connectivity” by facilitating movements for business, study and tourism, while on the other side it limits migration of much needed “un-skilled” workers to exploitative contract labor schemes and it refuses to recognize refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons. These double standards were clearly illustrated by the first event of the series on “refugee crisis in ASEAN” as contrasted to the booming industry of medical tourism discussed in the second event. The third event presented an additional dimension of policy discrimination from a gender perspective by focusing on women migrant workers in ASEAN, while the forth focused on the often-neglected topic of pre-departure policies to protect migrants. This fifth event returns to explore privileged flows, this time the facilitated intraregional movements of students, as contrasted to the young refugees who tells their stories of dislocation and exclusion from education opportunities in the sixth event on 4 November 2017.
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SEA Junction, OUR Venue to Connect on Southeast Asia (see https://seajunction.org) SEA Junction aims to foster understanding and appreciation of Southeast Asia in all its socio-cultural dimensions –from arts and lifestyles to economy and development. Conveniently located at Room 408 of the Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre or BACC (across MBK, BTS National Stadium) SEA junction facilitates public access to knowledge resources and exchanges among students, practitioners and Southeast Asia lovers. For more information see seajunction.org and join the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/1693055870976440/
Heinrich Böll Stiftung Southeast Asia (https://th.boell.org/) is the regional office of the German Green Political Party Foundation and conducts and supports civic educational activities in Southeast Asia