Working group on mobility of Higher Education and Ensuring Quality Assurance of Higher Education among ASEAN Plus Three

Description of the Initiative

The Working Group on Mobility and Quality Assurance of Higher Education (WG) is an intergovernmental meeting under the ASEAN Plus Three Education Ministers Meeting (APTEMM). It was established by Japan’s initiative to enhance the quality-assured mobility of higher education within the ASEAN Plus Three (APT) region.

Since the first meeting in 2013, there have been annual regular meetings and expert meetings under the same umbrella. The WG so far has achieved concrete outcomes such as the APT Guidelines on Student Exchange.

ASEM Partners and Stakeholders involved

ASEAN Plus Three countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam)

Activities, Progress and Achievement

  • First Working Group Meeting: Tokyo, Japan, 31 September 2013

The 1st Working Group which was conducted in Tokyo, on 31 September 2013 approved the “Future Direction” in the working group: (1) draft the guidelines for the promotion of student exchange with quality assurance and (2) create opportunities for regular meetings of quality assurance agencies.

  • Second Working Group: Bali, 16 October 2014

The 2nd Working Group was conducted in Bali, on 16 October 2014 aiming to share the progress of ASEAN Plus Three Quality Assurance Meeting and discuss the Draft of the ASEAN Plus Three Guidelines on Student Exchange. It is designed to provide the generic guidelines of mobility program in APT countries which will be able to accommodate most of existing mobility programs in the region.

  • Third Working Group Meeting: Bangkok, Thailand, 11 June 2015

The Third Working Group Meeting finalised the Guideline on Student Mobility to provide a basic framework for student exchange and mobility together with quality assurance and promote the development of each higher education system in the APT Countries. Besides the APT countries, the ASEAN Secretariat, SEAMEO-RIHED, and the ASEAN University Network also attended this meeting.

  •  Expert Meeting on APT Guidelines on Transcripts: Tokyo, Japan, 7 March 2016

This expert meeting was held in Tokyo in March 2016 was a follow up on Japan’s proposal to develop the Guideline on Transcript for Exchange Students that incorporates a comparison table of the different credit transfer systems and provides an overview of student qualifications from mobility programmes to support the Guidelines on Student Exchange and Mobility.

  •  Fourth Working Group Meeting: Cebu, The Philippines, 1-2  December 2016

The draft Guidelines on Transcript, monitoring of student mobility, and continuation of Working Group were discussed.

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