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[Video] ASEAN-EU Dialogue Webinar Series 2




1st July 2020 (Wednesday) • 3.00pm Malaysia time (UTC+08)

ASEAN-EU DIALOGUE WEBINAR SERIES 2Recent decades have seen a rise in regional organisations’ involvement in higher education for the purpose of promoting cooperation within and between Asia and Europe. In both regions, regional institutions with various coordination platforms and policy actors have been engaged in this activity. In Europe, the Bologna Process has led to the European Higher Education Area with students moving freely throughout Europe by means of mutual credit transfers and common degree structures, and staff exchanges among higher education institutions. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has also seen a push towards greater integration with the forming of the ASEAN Community in 2015 leading to similar efforts in creating common higher education areas. Although both regions are diverse, initiatives undertaken by them share an emphasis on intra- and inter-regional mobility, degree recognition, research collaboration together with capacity building.

In this panel, regional and inter-regional dimensions of higher education cooperation that have fostered relations within and between the two regions are presented and discussed. Opportunities that have emerged in recent decades in relation to increased mobility and inter-regional projects in higher education are highlighted. Challenges encountered, together with the impact of Covid-19 on these dimensions of higher education cooperation, are also addressed.



Ms Nadia Reynders is the Coordinator of ASEM Education Secretariat Belgium. She works since 2013 as a policy advisor and project coordinator at the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training in the field of lifelong learning. Before 2013 she has been managing different educational progammes in the sector of development cooperation, mainly in Teacher Training. In these programmes she worked closely with Ministries of Education in South-East Asia (Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam). Currently, she is coordinating the ASEM Education Secretariat, as a representative from the Flemish Ministry of Education, together with her colleague Emilie Degueldre (French Community representative). In this position, she is responsible for supporting and following up the ASEM Education Process which consists of activities, programs and projects to stimulate Europe-Asia collaboration and exchange in the field of Higher Education and Lifelong Learning.
Professor Dr. Azirah Hashim is a Professor in the English Language Department, Faculty of Languages and Linguistics and formerly the Executive Director of the Asia-Europe Institute (2015-2020) and Director of the Centre for ASEAN Regionalism (2015-2019), University of Malaya. Prior to this, she was Dean of the Humanities Research Cluster (2010-2015) and Dean and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics (2003-2009, 1996-2002). Her recent and current roles include Coordinator of the Asia-Africa Development University Network (AADUN), Coordinator of the Asia Pacific Higher Education Research Partnership Network and Chairperson of the Research Ethics (non-medical) committee at the university. Her research interests include Language Contact in the Region, English as a Lingua Franca in ASEAN, Language and Law, Higher education in ASEAN and Academic and Professional Discourse. She was also recently a recipient of the Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Ireland.
Dr Filippo Bignami is Senior researcher and lecturer at the Department of economics, health and social sciences (DEASS), University of applied sciences of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI), where coordinates the LUCI – Labour, Urbanscape and Citizenship research area. He obtained his PhD at the “École doctorale Sciences sociales et politiques” of the Paris VIII Saint Denis - Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle University in 2012. His main research interest focuses on social and political theories of citizenship, including educational perspective. Some of his recent publications include Bignami, F.& de Queiroz Ribeiro, L. (2020) Legacy of Mega Events. Urban and Citizenship Transformations in Rio de Janeiro, Springer; Onorati, M., Bignami, F.& Bednarz, F. (2017) Intercultural Praxis for Ethical Action. Reflexive Education and Participatory Citizenship for a Respondent Sociality, EME publications.
Dr. Yang worked in private and government sectors for over 26 years. She was most recently the Senior Vice President at Alphacap. Before moving to the private sector, Yang spent 19 years working as the Business Development Manager at Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation. Aside from her professional work, she’s also the Co-Founder and President of the Spina Association of Malaysia as well as the President of World Game Blockchain Association. Furthermore, Yang is part of the international advisory panel for Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission, University Tenaga National and Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur.


Professor Maya Khemlani David is an Honourary Professor at the Asia-Europe Institute and a former member of the Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya She served as the Head of the Section Co-Curricular, University of Malaya (SKET) from 2006 to 20013 and has been and is a consultant and adviser to several institutions of higher education in Malaysia, Pakistan and UK. Maya David is an Honorary fellow of Foundation of Endangered Languages (FEL), Chartered Institute of Linguists (UK) and Linguapax winner 2007 for her work on language maintenance and shift.

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