Education ministers seek greater regional HE connectivity

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Education ministers from Asia and Europe have agreed to increase and enhance balanced mobility of students, researchers and staff between the two regions, with the global pandemic providing the impetus for new forms of mobility including virtual and ‘hybrid’ exchanges based on newer themes such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The need to continue inter-regional higher education connectivity despite two years of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic was part of the push by ministers at the eighth ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Education Ministers’ Meeting – ASEMME8 – hosted online by Thailand’s Minister of Education, Treenuch Thienthong, on 15 December to inject new momentum into higher education cooperation between the two regions.

Around 120 ministers and senior officials from 50 countries took part including the 27-member European Union and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as well as university groups, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders.