ARISE (ASEAN Region International Student Engagement) is an initiative organised by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), in partnership with the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA) and the OCEANS Network with the support of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and funded by the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA).
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is the largest student organisation active in the field of student mobility and internationalisation of higher education. ESN is a non-profit organisation founded in 1989 and currently operating mostly in Europe through more than 520 local student organisations in around 1,000 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in 39 countries, gathering more than 13,000 volunteers. In addition to the volunteers active at the local, national, and international levels of the organisation, ESN has a professional secretariat of 16 people working in Brussels, Belgium. Together with the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA), OCEANS Network, and the garagErasmus Foundation, ESN is a founding member organisation of the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA).
For more information about ESN and its different programmes, projects and services, please see the 2017-2018 Annual Report.
International learning mobility programmes for higher education students have been growing substantially all around the world over the past decades. With an increasing number of students following all or part of their curriculum abroad, the demand and need for services to support international students has been increasing too, alongside the opportunities for Internationalisation at Home (IaH). However, as the results of ESNsurvey 2016 have shown, both exchange students and local students are of the opinion that there are not enough opportunities for the two groups to interact. The survey report also indicates that overall satisfaction with studies abroad is higher when there is support for interaction between students from the different countries. Moreover, there is also a growing need to internationalise university campuses by creating a single student community made of international and local students. This is a win-win interaction that can ultimately generate better future professionals with a more solid international experience and increase the overall quality of education and global prestige of universities.
IaH aims to bring the international experience to all students, including those who might not have access to a study period abroad, and supports intercultural understanding and positive attitude towards multicultural societies, awareness of mobility opportunities, and personal development for enhanced career perspectives in a globalised world.
INTERNATIONALISATION AT HOME INITIATIVE
With a large network actively supporting international students and fostering IaH, ESN is the key student network in these fields in the European Higher Education Area. As an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) stakeholder, during the latest ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM1) held in Austria in October 2018, ESN presented an idea for a new initiative which would empower students to create local organisations fostering IaH and supporting international credit and degree students in Asia.
In order to kick-start the pilot phase of this initiative, ESN has secured funding through a grant from the Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Alliance (ESAA), which will financially support the organisation of a conference and practical training event in Singapore on 2-4 May 2019.
CONFERENCE & TRAINING EVENT
The conference and training event will bring together approximately 10 experts in international student mobility and IaH from Europe and Asia, with 20 ASEAN HEI representatives (in particular International Relation Office staff members) and students, and it will consist of workshops, cooperative sessions, and a panel discussion.
The event will allow the participants to:
get a thorough understanding of the current state of IaH in Asia and Europe through participation in an interactive conference with experts from the two continents;
develop their skills, expand their knowledge and share good practices for successful support to international students;
get to know more about the management, structure and running of local student organisations through different workshops using non-formal education methods.
This conference and training event is also expected to result in the creation of a common vision and plan to enhance IaH in ASEAN, and to support international students in the HEIs involved, through the creation and/or strengthening of local volunteer-based student organisations. The project will also create a toolkit with practical guidelines and templates supporting HEIs and local volunteer-based student organisations.
At least 6 HEIs from 6 different ASEAN countries, each represented by 1 International Relations Office staff member and 2 students, will directly be involved in the pilot phase of the project. They will take part in the conference and training event, and will bring back the newly acquired knowledge to their respective institutions, which in turn will enable and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to implement the plan drafted during the event.
COSTS & SUBSIDIES
The conference and training event will be free of charge and the organisers will provide all participants travel subsidies of up to 200€. In addition, the organisers will also cover the accommodation in a youth hostel for the students. Participating HEIs are expected to cover the accommodation costs of their staff representative.
Training event and conference.
Arrival on the 1st of May. Departure after lunch on the 4th of May 2019.
At least 7 delegations of 1 HEI representative and 2 students from ASEAN countries.
To kick-start the pilot phase aiming at fostering Internationalisation at Home through the creation of local student organisations to support international students in Asia.
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