Throughout the programme British Council will convene up to 10 Policy dialogue on enhancement of strategies issues in harmonization of ASEAN higher education, including involving all relevant stakeholders. Policy dialogues will be conducted at two levels. First , High-level dialogues at ministerial and political levels with ASEAN States; using existing events such as the SEAMEO, SOM-ED, and ASEM conferences to raise awareness, gain legitimacy for activities and resolves systemic blockages.
Second, operational level dialogues focusing on technical dimensions, providing vertical and horizontal linkages to enable joint actions to cross-cut other result areas. Research will be commissioned to direct dialogues and findings will be published to disseminate result more widely.
SHARE’s Policy Dialogue activities are guided by ASEAN’s policy priorities, as formulated in:
SHARE’s support to ASEAN and its alignment with ASEAN’s priorities have been reiterated most recently by the 10 ASEAN leaders at the 30th ASEAN Summit in April 2017, who stated: “We noted with appreciation the pilot scholarship scheme under the European Union (EU) Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE), which tested credit transfers and recognition within ASEAN by providing scholarship support to 400 ASEAN university students to study for a semester in another institution in an ASEAN country.”(download the Chairman’s Statement here)
In the context of EU-ASEAN relations, SHARE is further guided by the priorities laid out in the Bangkok Declaration on Promoting an ASEAN-EU Global Partnership for Shared Strategic Goals in 2016 (download here), in which the two organisations agree to promote cooperation on education as well as encourage mobility of students and academics between ASEAN and the EU higher education institutions, and explore possibilities for ASEAN-EU scholarships including through EU-funded programmes such as SHARE.