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ASEAN+3 Heads of International Relations discuss student mobility

25 July 2012

Prof Tan (third from right) and NUS Vice President (University and Global Relations) Prof Lily Kong (third from left), with delegates at a dinner hosted by NUS

Committed to improving student mobility across Southeast Asia and East Asia, more than 40 participants from 30 universities in ASEAN Plus Three Countries (China, Japan and South Korea) converged on NUS from 19 to 20 July to discuss interregional and intraregional collaboration.

Jointly organised by NUS International Relations Office (IRO) and ASEAN University Network (AUN), the 3rd ASEAN+3 Heads of International Relations Meeting was chaired by AUN Executive Director Associate Professor Dr Nantana Gajaseni and AUN Deputy Executive Director Dr Choltis Dhirathiti.

The meeting, with the theme "Cooperation in retrospect and the prospect of student mobility in East Asia", was dedicated to evaluating existing student mobility programmes and identifying opportunities for cooperation. The heads of international relations from the ASEAN+3 universities worked together to synthesise their ideas to address the many obstacles involved with international exchanges. Among the topics discussed were greater leadership opportunities for students and an expansion of cultural enrichment programmes.

At the closing session, Director of IRO Associate Professor Anne Pakir delivered an overview of the Office. She shared IRO's best practices in providing students with a full range of opportunities that prepare them for work and life in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.

Besides touring the campus, participants had the opportunity to soak in some of the sights in Singapore, with a bum boat cruise down the Singapore River and a visit to the Gardens by the Bay. They were also hosted to a convivial dinner by NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan.

The ASEAN+3 network will continue its mission to improve student mobility at the 4th ASEAN+3 Heads of International Relations Meeting, which will be hosted in 2013 by Kyoto University, Japan.

By Ms Jessica Wei-Yin Li, Intern, International Relations Office