What is SHARE? - SHARE is a 10M Euro EU Grant funded project with an overarching objective to strengthen regional cooperation, enhance the quality, competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN higher education institutions and students, contributing to an ASEAN Community beyond 2015. The main aim is to enhance cooperation between the EU and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and to create lasting benefits from the harmonisation of higher education across ASEAN.

Who are the partners and what are they going to deliver? - A consortium led by British Council, comprising the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), EP-Nuffic, Campus France, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) and the European University Association (EUA) will be working between 2015 and 2018 with ASEAN counterparts to implement SHARE. There are 3 main components (called Result Areas) during the implementation of SHARE, as follows:

Result 1 - Policy Dialogues: Led by British Council

Policy dialogues will be conducted at two levels. Firstly, High-level dialogues at ministerial and political levels with ASEAN states, to raise awareness, gain legitimacy for activities and resolve systemic blockages. Secondly, operational level dialogues focussing on technical dimensions, providing vertical and horizontal linkages to enable joint actions to cut across other Result areas. Research will be commissioned to direct dialogues and findings will be published to disseminate results. The first Policy Dialogue is planned for August 2015 in Jakarta.

Result 2a and 2b – ASEAN Qualifications Reference Frameworks and ASEAN Quality Assurance: Led by DAAD working with European partners ENQA and EUA

Building on the ASEAN-Australia/New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) project which is developing the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and the work of the related AQRF Task Force, studies will be conducted to determine the state of play in ASEAN qualification reference frameworks and quality assurance, and ASEAN degree structures. DAAD will organise a study visit to Europe for a delegation of ASEAN Qualification Framework and Quality Assurance officials, and technical working group meetings.

Result 3a - ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) & Result 3b - ASEAN-EU Credit Transfer Systems (AECTS): Led by Campus France

Results 3a and 3b operate in parallel. In Year 1 Result 3a and 3b will map existing Asia-based credit transfer systems (CTS), provide needs identification of ACTS and AECTS, support HEIs to implement them and support Result 3c. The method and instruments for CTS will be designed and include development of a common platform for online credit transfer, ACTS/AECTS will then be piloted via this common platform, and results and impact will be evaluated.

Result 3c ACTS & AECTS Student Mobility with Scholarships: Led by EP-Nuffic

Scholarships will be designed with transparent and flexible online application, addressing criteria for student selection adapted for different countries (e.g. academic quality and merit, geographical origin, gender, minority groups, needs and subject area). A promotion and outreach strategy will be developed and delivered in collaboration with selected HEIs who will generate candidates for the short-term intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-EU mobility with credit transfer. In Year 1 Result 3c will develop inventory of current/past mobility initiative in ASEAN region, design scholarship modality and procedures.

Who are the main Stakeholders?

  • The European Union (EU), represented by the European Commission in Jakarta
  • ASEAN Secretariat in general, represented by Education, Youth and Training Division (EYTD)

Who are the target groups? - SHARE is aimed at a cluster of target groups and beneficiaries. At regional level, these include ASEAN agencies involved in the harmonisation of higher education sectors such as:

  • ASEM
  • AUN
  • AQAFHE Task Forces
  • AQAN
  • AQRF

At national level, target groups include:

  • government departments responsible for overseeing higher education sector
  • university leaders associations
  • higher education institutions with ambitions for internationalisation and desire to improve the quality of education provision

Students and employers will directly benefit from SHARE as recipients of quality academic programmes delivering higher level skills and knowledge, improved mobility (borderless education) and enhanced employability skills.

How will it be managed? - A Project Management Unit ( PMU) comprising 2 full time staff (team leader and project finance officer), 2 part-time staff (programme manager and programme officer) supported by 2 short term experts (for PR and Communication, and for Monitoring and Evaluation) will be based in Jakarta, within the ASEAN Secretariat. The PMU will coordinate the timely preparation and coordination of all general meetings and reporting.

For further information on Result Area 2a and 2b, please contact:

Sebastian Gries (Programme Manager): gries@daadjkt.org

Ellyzar (Programme Officer): ellyzar@daadjkt.org

SHARE platform's web address: www.share-asean.org