Academic Mobility for Enhancing Asia-Europa Connectivity: Why and How?

Que Anh Dang

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Academic mobility can contribute greatly to Asia-Europe connectivity in various sectors. The friendship and intellectual capacity created by mobile students and scholars are the key factors to strengthen cultural, scientific, economic and diplomatic ties among ASEM countries. In order to yield such benefits of both intra-regional and inter-regional mobility, and to minimise the adverse effects, ASEM needs innovative policy solutions. This paper argues that education policymaking is value-laden in the sense that values pervade policy processes and policy contents, while values are also justifications for a policy and criteria for evaluating its implementation. Democratic equality, social mobility, and social efficiency are seen as the common values that guide education policies. Academic mobility is understood essentially as a process of individuals’ self-formation and self-cultivation, which impacts on productivity, innovation, and social transformation, including reforming and improving education systems. Academic mobility is a way to achieving social mobility that ought to yield benefits, not only for deserving individuals, but also to society as a whole.

The history of Asia-Europe academic exchange, and current ASEM policies, demonstrate that cross-border academic mobility encompasses different political, economic, and cultural/intellectual interests at regional, national, institutional, and individual levels. This necessitates ASEM education policymakers to work across sectors and consider a variety of inter-related
factors that influence patterns of academic mobility, including domestic education provision, economics, demographics, labour market requirements, and immigration policies. It is proposed that ASEM education policies should strike a balance between educational, social, and economic values of mobility to enhance Asia-Europe connectivity in the long term.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017 - CONNECTIVITY: Facts and Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationVolume II: Connecting Asia and Europe
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherAsia Europe Foundation, Singapore
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789810999735
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • Academic mobility
  • Region
  • value-laden policy making
  • connectivity


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