Open call to 5th ASEM Rectors' Conference and Students' Forum

Web.HCYU.25/01/2016. The ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) is a bi-annual conference series that has been recognised as an Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME). Themed “Employability: Asia and Europe Prepare the New Generation”, the 5th ASEM Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC5) focuses on employability skills. With increased demands from the labour market, young people need to be equipped with a more flexible, innovative and specialist skillset.

ARC5 will consist of plenary and working group sessions, all under the theme of employability. In addition, there will be special sessions for networking between rectors, students and businesses through unconventional concepts such as a human library. An Online Preparatory Phase will precede the Students’ Forum for in-depth preparation and understanding of the selected topic.

To ensure close linkages between the Rectors’ Conference and the Students’ Forum, 4 Rectors will attend the Students’ Forum as Mentors to the design sessions, and 4 student participants will participate in the Rectors’ Conference to report on the outcome of the Students’ Forum. 

Specifically, ARC5 aims to:
- Develop and contribute with Policy Recommendations to the 6th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME6) (2017, Korea)
- Propose and implement ASEM perspectives on higher education’s responsibilities in advancing socio-economic development
- Promote ASEM education cooperation among civil society stakeholders and reinforce their role in the official ASEM Education Process
- Strengthen the dialogue among ASEM education stakeholders by creating linkages between universities, the business and industry sector, governments and local communities
- Stimulate partnerships among universities across ASEM countries

The Open Call for Application for the ARC5 Students' Forum is now open