Delegation of the European Union to Jamaica, Belize, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas and the Cayman Islands

EHEF 2021: Connecting the World through Higher Education

Manila, 30/09/2021 - 11:31, UNIQUE ID: 210930_6
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There has never been a better time to connect to the world than now.

Higher education cooperation offers a key to bridging the gap for better learning despite the pandemic.

The European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) collaborate to strengthen regional co-operation and to enhance the quality, regional competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions.

“Higher education and students have always been an important element in our relationship with ASEAN, because they play essential roles in the future of our two regions. The EU has put human development, in particular education, at the heart of our partnerships. We would like to ensure  that youth, including women, is empowered, and no one is left behind”, said EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans.

Inspired by the European scholarship and mobility programme, the SHARE programme promotes regional harmonisation of higher education within the ASEAN countries. 

“SHARE is the EU’s flagship programme in the field of higher education with ASEAN, in addition to the Erasmus Plus programme. The SHARE programme contributes to the people-to-people connectivity between our two diverse regions”, added Ambassador Driesmans.

The SHARE programme, funded by the EU, is implemented by the consortium of the British Council, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic Netherlands and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA).

It provides ASEAN with relevant expertise from the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and to implement these practices with their ASEAN higher education counterparts.

The EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region, or EU-SHARE programme, has provided 500 one-semester intra-ASEAN scholarships for ASEAN university students since 2016 and the new phase will support 300 more students before the end of 2022.

The SHARE programme will be presented on 2 October 2021 at 4:10-4:40 PM PHT with the following as speakers: Uni Prayuti (Programme Manager), Darren McDermott (SHARE Team Leader), Ariel Maulana (SHARE Programme Manager), and Jazlyn Bon Ong Lim Yu (SHARE Alumna).

Considering that student mobility is an important factor to realise this goal, the EU also offers other scholarship, mobility and research programmes such as the Erasmus+, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Programme, and the Jean Monnet Grant.

Under the Erasmus+ programme, the EU has awarded over 5,500 scholarships to ASEAN students and university staff since 2014. The EU Member States also offer their own scholarship and mobility programmes. To know more about EU SHARE: https://www.share-asean.eu/

With the theme “Go Higher with EU”, the Fair is using the digital platforms to make it more accessible to Filipino students all over the country to get access to information on how to pursue their master’s courses and doctorate programmes in the EU.   

This year’s virtual fair will feature 139 participating higher education institutions (HEIs) from Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Finland, and Sweden.

The Fair presents exciting webinars on areas such as engineering and architecture, natural sciences, arts, fashion, culinary arts, law and economics, business, research programmes and mobility opportunities for students. Please refer to: https://ehefphilippines.com/schedule/

Country presentations and live chats with HEI representatives, alumni, and scholars will also be held.

Virtual meeting rooms will also be set up for Philippine higher education institutions (PHEIs) and their EU counterparts for linkages and collaboration opportunities. 

Interested parties can register at www.ehefphilippines.com.

Regional partner institutions for this year include Wesleyan University (Luzon), Silliman University (Visayas), and Xavier University –Ateneo de Cagayan (Mindanao), which will host clustered presentations for students and other members of the academe. University partners for this year are the following: University of Sto Tomas, University of the Cordilleras, Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Mabalacat City College, St Louis  University, Rizal Technological University, Trinity University of Asia, Ateneo de Manila University, Visayas State University, Jose Rizal Memorial State University and Mindanao State University’s (Marawi) College of Public Affairs.

The Fair is supported by Campus Erasmus and the Association of Christian Schools, Colleges and Universities. Media partners this year include: Business World Spark Up, Cebu Daily News, Gadgets Magazine, Inquirer Super, Panay News, Subselfie Online, Philippine Star, Manila Times, Adulting Millennials Podcast, The Philippine Business and News (thePhilBizNews.com) and SunStar Davao.

The Virtual EHEF 2021 is organized by the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, together with EU Member States’ Embassies, education services and Institutes and in collaboration with the Commission on Higher Education.

 

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