On 27 April 2021, Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dato Lim Jock Hoi, the Ambassador of the EU to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans and the Team Leader of the SHARE Programme, Darren McDermott, officially launched a new phase of the EU’s Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme.
The new phase will support 300 students for one semester intra-ASEAN physical mobility before of 2022. The SHARE programme will also support the harmonisation ASEAN higher education institutions and the formulation of ASEAN higher education frameworks. In doing so, ASEAN and EU will share experience, including the EU’s Erasmus scheme. The EU made available €5,000,000 for this purpose. The support will build on the previous successful SHARE programme, which ran since 2015.
The Secretary General of ASEAN Dato Lim Jock Hoi stated, “This two-year extension is testament to the EU’s steadfast support towards ASEAN’s community building efforts, particularly in enhancing the quality, regional competitiveness and internationalisation of higher education in the region.”
EU Ambassador Igor Driemans said “As Strategic Partners, the EU and ASEAN put human development, in particular education, at the heart of our partnerships. Education mobility is part and parcel of the EU’s DNA. Beyond the support for 300 intra-ASEAN scholarships, the SHARE programme will help to create a sustainable ASEAN Higher Education Space, drawing lessons from the European experience of the Erasmus programme and the Bologna Process” added Ambassador Driesmans.
The SHARE Programme is the EU’s flagship initiative on higher education, supported by a consortium comprising of the British Council, the DAAD, ENQA, and Nuffic. The consortium will bring in their expertise and experience under the SHARE programme extension, to support the establishment of an ASEAN Higher Education Space towards greater harmonisation of ASEAN higher education to support regional student mobility across the region.
A budget of €5,000,000 has been committed by the EU, including co-financing of €175,000 by the British Council, for the next phase of the SHARE Programme. The benefits will extend to a wide range of ASEAN entities, higher education institutions, and students. The SHARE Programme will also catalyse the transfer of ownership of programme outcomes to ASEAN entities and nominated organisations to sustain the progress made in the past six years. Therefore, this two-year extension will enable the provision of technical assistance and capacity building programme in the following areas:
The Team Leader of the SHARE Programme, Darren McDermott, stated “We are committed to supporting the implementation of the upcoming third ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2021-2025 for the duration of the SHARE Extension. We look forward to working closely and collaboratively with our partners across the ASEAN Community over the coming two years.”
About SHARE Programme
The Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) Programme is the European Union’s flagship higher education programme with ASEAN. The SHARE Programme resumed with effect from 27 February 2021 for an extension until the end of 2022.The SHARE Consortium is comprised of the British Council, the DAAD, ENQA, and Nuffic. The SHARE Extension will see the programme continue its support of the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN stakeholders to enable greater harmonisation and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education. It aims to catalyse the transfer of ownership of programme outcomes to ASEAN entities and nominated organisations to be embedded within sustainable ASEAN-led structures and processes.
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