7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC7)

Higher Education Taking Action Towards the Sustainable Development Goals: Perspectives from Asia and Europe

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11 – 14 May 2019 Reka TOZSA Education Department ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC) Education
Bucharest, Romania




11-14 May 2019, Bucharest, Romania


  OVERVIEW                OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATION                FAQ  
#OPENCALL The participants of the Students’ Forum are selected by an Open Call for Applications. We welcome student organisation members and leaders to apply for participation at the ARC7 Students’ Forum until Thursday, 29 November 2018, 11:30 AM GMT. Click below to proceed to the online application form.

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  • Citizens of any of the 51 ASEM partner countries between the ages 18 and 30;
  • University students from all levels (undergraduate, graduate, doctoral);
  • Members and leaders of student associations engaged in academic affairs, student life or sustainability matters;
  • Individuals with a strong command of English (verbal and written).


12-14 May 2019, Bucharest, Romania


 #ARC7 The 7th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Student’s Forum (ARC7) is co-organised by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), between 11-14 May 2018 in Bucharest, Romania.

ARC7 will be held in conjunction with the 7th Asia-Europe Meeting of Ministers for Education (15-16 May 2019, Bucharest, Romania) and participants will have the chance to meet senior officials and education ministers of 51 Asian and European ASEM partner countries.





The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a universal call for action to shape a better future for all. Universities have a key responsibility to tackle complex societal challenges of our times, manifested in these Goals. We invite Asian and European higher education leaders to share how their organisations contribute to policy development and take action towards the Agenda 2030 and to get inspiration from their peers’ strategies. The conference also explores how university and student leaders from Asia and Europe can work together towards a “future we want”.


  • Join the convention of 200 higher education leaders, rectors, senior government officials and student leaders from 51 Asian and European countries;
  • Establish new connections at this unique Asia-Europe multi-stakeholder platform and commit to specific projects with peers and policy makers;
  • Develop policy recommendations for the ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEM ME) and the ASEM Education Process on how to cooperate to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
ORGANISING COMMITTEE We are proud that ARC7 is co-designed and intellectually supported by major university and student associations of Asia and Europe: ASEAN University Network (AUN); European University Association (EUA); International Association of Universities (IAU); Erasmus Student Network (ESN), and European Students’ Union (ESU).


ARC7 Conference Organising Committee

Co-chaired by

  • Ms Leonie NAGARAJAN, Director, Education Department, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
  • Prof Remus PRICOPIE, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA)


  • Dr Choltis DHIRATHITI, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network (AUN);
  • Prof Pam FREDMAN, President, International Association of Universities (IAU);
  • Mr Michael GAEBEL, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA);
  • Ms Katrina KOPPEL, Vice-President, European Students’ Union (ESU);
  • Ms Hilligje van’t LAND, Secretary General, International Association of Universities (IAU);
  • Mr Joao PINTO, President, Erasmus Student Network (ESN);
  • Ms Thérèse ZHANG PULKOWSKI, Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association (EUA).
QUESTIONS Participation at the Rectors’ Conference is by invitation only.

Please send your inquiries to the ARC7 Secretariat at arc@asef.org. 


Get a glimpse of the previous 6th ASEF Rectors’ Conference and Students’ Forum (ARC6) on “Future-ready Universities and Graduates: Quality Education Beyond the Horizon” in 2017 in Singapore.


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