Deadline: November 30, 2018 11:30 CET| Apply here
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Eligibility: Citizens of any of the 51 ASEM partner countries between the ages 18 and 30; university students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral); members and leaders of student associations engaged in academic affairs, student
life or sustainability matters
Dates: May 11-14, 2019
Location: Bucharest, Romania

ASEF Students’ Forum 2019

Established in 2008, the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) is a multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university leaders, policy makers and student leaders to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia and Europe.

ARC is a biennial conference, with locations alternating between Asia and Europe. The conference aims to address 3 key areas in higher education:

  1. quality and inclusive education
  2. university governance
  3. university-business partnerships

To date, over 650 university leaders representing 226 universities from 51 Asian and European countries have participated in the conferences.

Higher education taking action towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from Asia and Europe

The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Student’s Forum (ARC7) is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA).

ARC7 will be held for the first time in conjunction with the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for Education (15-16 May 2019, Bucharest, Romania) and participants will have the chance to meet senior officials and education ministers of 51 Asian and European ASEM partner countries.

What is on the agenda?

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for action to shape a better future for all. Universities have a key responsibility to tackle complex societal challenges of our times, manifested in these Goals.

Asian and European higher education leaders are invited to share how their organisations contribute to policy development and take action towards the Agenda 2030 and to get inspiration from their peers’ strategies.

ARC7 offers a creative space for knowledge exchange on implementing a whole-of-institution approach on sustainable development, teaching the next generation of leaders and thinkers to act sustainably and ethically; conducting research that leads to positive change in our world; and engaging communities outside the walls of academia.

The conference also explores how university and student leaders from Asia and Europe can work together towards a “future we want”.

Why should you attend?

  • Join the convention of about 200 university leaders, senior government officials and student leaders from 51 Asian and European countries
  • Establish new connections at this unique Asia-Europe multi-stakeholder platform and commit to specific projects with peers and policymakers
  • Develop policy recommendations for the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME) and the ASEM Education Process on how to cooperate to achieve the 2030 Agenda

How to join?

Are you a student engaged in student life and managing student associations? Do you care about a better future for all?

Apply to become a part of the ARC7 journey on sustainability and reform the way your institution thinks about the future!

The event is fully funded. The organisers will provide participants with travel subsidy, meals and accommodation.

Rectors’ conference

Please note that participation at the Rectors’ Conference is by invitation only. Please contact ARC7 Secretariat at to inquire details regarding your potential participation.

The organisers will provide meals for every participant and travel grants based on financial needs.

Interested in attending the ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum ARC7 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.

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