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The ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC) is the Official Dialogue Partner of the ASEM Education Ministers Meeting (ASEMME) and the only bi-regional multi-stakeholder dialogue platform for university and student leaders, policymakers and ministers to discuss higher education issues and shape the education landscape in Asia and Europe.

In 2022, the first year of this biennial project, two studies are conducted in line with the topic of the 9th ASEF Regional Conference on Higher Education (ARC9) – ASEM Higher Education Mapping: Towards Sustainable Development. The ARC9 Roundtable Dialogue will elaborate further on the two studies that gathered evidence and mapped higher education policies and practices that work toward the SDGs in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) partner countries:

Higher Education Policy Perspectives on the SDGs
This study maps the higher education policies advancing sustainable development in ASEM partner countries. This study involves a regional survey and focus group discussions with policymakers from selected ministries and national agencies from over 20 countries in Asia and Europe.

Higher Education Institutional Perspectives on the SDGs
This study is conducted in partnership with the International Association of Universities (IAU). Data from the third iteration of IAU Global Survey on Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development (HESD) specific for ASEM partner countries were analysed to investigate the scope, depth, and breadth of engagement by ASEM higher education institutions with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Join this roundtable dialogue to learn initial insights of the two studies above.


  • When is the Roundtable Dialogue? The ARC9 Roundtable Dialogue takes place on Tuesday, 29 November 2022, at 16.00 – 18.00 (UTC+8) / 9.00 – 11.00 (UTC+1)
  • Who should register? Policymakers, university leaders, student and youth organisation leaders,  and academics are encouraged to join.
  • Why should I register? Register now to gain insights from ARC9 Researchers, higher education experts, and the initial findings of the ASEM-wide surveys and Focus Group Discussions regarding how policies and practices across Asia and Europe work toward the SDGs. Take the opportunity ask questions and engage with ARC9 researchers and experts.
  • Is there a registration fee? The ARC9 Roundtable Dialogue is FREE of charge.

To what extent are national policies oriented towards sustainable development in higher education? What do higher education institutions practice?
Register and learn insights from 20+ countries and 250+ institutions in Asia and Europe: 

Latest update: 05.10.2023