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The 2nd ASEAN Student Mobility Forum kicked off in Yangon today. More than 170 students from all ASEAN countries are sharing their experiences from studying abroad and discuss the benefits of student mobility for themselves, their education, their home and host universities and their entire communities. They were welcomed in Yangon by H.E. Union Minister for Education Dr Myo Thein Gyi and the Rector of Yangon University Dr Pho Kaung. Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi highlighted that “student mobility is an important element to the development of ASEAN and its member states. Nowadays, student and labour mobility is seen as a critical factor for global competitiveness, and to grow talent and human capital for economic and social developments. Internationalisation through an agreed credit transfer system and student mobility bring benefits for countries and the ASEAN region through its impact on the economy, innovation and human resources.”
The forum is organised by SHARE – a joint programme of ASEAN and the European Union to support the development of higher education in the ASEAN region. "Student exchange scholarships and partnerships between Europe's universities have boosted the quality of higher education in the EU. Through the ERASMUS programme, nine million students, youth and academics have lived, studied and trained abroad over the past 30 years. Imagine how this helps to promote unity and improve mutual understanding! Through SHARE, the EU is sharing this positive experience with the ASEAN community. Helping to create Southeast Asia's own student network, this forum in Yangon will bring together students from Myanmar and all over Southeast-Asia," said EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt at the opening this morning.
Director Ky-Anh Nguyen of the Sustainable Development Directorate of ASEAN, expounded on the role of young people in building the ASEAN community saying, “young people and students are key in ASEAN’s ambitions in building people-to-people connectivity and are important contributors to the evolving ASEAN community.”
Almost 150 students from Myanmar have so far studied abroad with a SHARE scholarship. No other ASEAN member state is sending as many students abroad under SHARE as Myanmar.
Download the brochure & programme of the 2nd ASEAN Student Mobility Forum here: