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6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum in Singapore

6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum in Singapore

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6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum in Singapore

Program Date:9th-13th  October 2017
Venue: Singapore

The 6th edition of the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC6) will address the topic of “Future Universities and Graduate: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon” and invites over 280 representatives from academia, governments, business and industry, students and youth associations as well as NGOs and IGOs. The ARC6 consists of 2 programme elements: 1) a Students’ Forum and 2) the following Rectors’ Conference. Close linkages between the Rectors’ and the Students’ is assured through a synergic exchange in which 4 Rectors’ attend the Students’ Forum as Mentors and 4 Students’ participate throughout the Rectors’ Conference.

Since its establishment in 2008, the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) has been a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university leaders, business representatives, policy makers and students to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia-Europe. ARC is recognised as the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEM ME). The results deriving from ARC, including policy recommendations and research, feed into the preparations of the ASEM MEs. As part of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development (GAP), ARC also contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), with a focus on Goal 4 and 8 (on inclusive and quality education, and decent work and economic growth respectively).

ARC takes place on an annual basis alternating between Asia and Europe. It addresses 3 areas in higher education: 1) quality and inclusive education, 2) university governance, and 3) university-business partnerships. To date, over 650 university leaders representing 225 universities from 51 Asian and European countries have participated in the conferences.

Specifically, ARC6 aims to:

  • Contribute to the policy dialogue on higher education in Asia and Europe and provide input to the agenda of ASEM Education Ministers
  • Support the implementation of the SDG
  • Facilitate cooperation and long-term partnerships among universities across Asia and Europe
  • Enable collaborations among student networks and associations
  • Strengthen the linkages between universities, governments, business and industry, IOs and NGOs, and local communities


  • Citizen of any of the 51 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Partner countries
  • Students and student association leaders engaged in academic affairs and student life
  • Youth between the ages of 18 and 30
  • Strong command of English (verbal and written)

Official Link

Deadline:16th July 2017


Type of Opportunity Conferences
Deadline16 July,2017



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