ASEAN to ‘learn from neighbors’ with common education mechanism

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Southeast Asian nations should learn from each other first before looking to send their students to Western countries, regional educators said at a conference in Ho Chi Minh City this week.

The 2nd conference of the steering committee to establish the ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) was hosted by the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) on Tuesday and Wednesday.

ACTS, initiated by the ASEAN University Network (AUN), aims to create a common mechanism to facilitate the recognition of qualifications among ASEAN universities, and boost student and academic exchange among regional nations.

According to organizers, the system is expected to be implemented among 22 member universities of the AUN this year and be fully applied throughout universities in ASEAN in 2015.

Dr. Vu Thi Phuong Anh, director of Center for Educational Testing and Quality Assessment with the VNU-HCM, told a press conference on Tuesday most people in Southeast Asia normally think of the US or Australia for overseas study, “but why don’t we [ASEAN nations] learn from each other first?”

“It’s better to learn from our neighbors, to boost mutual understanding and development,” she said.

Reported by Tuong Nhi

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