By Dimitra Stefanidou
Students enrolled for university education in an ASEAN country are being invited to take a semester of classes in another. This is part of a scheme of 125 full scholarships offered to promote student mobility.
Under the European Union-supported SHARE scholarship scheme, students will receive transferable credit from the overseas courses which will count towards their studies back home.
“This special partnership with the European Union allows us to empower talented students, to pursue their chosen careers, and exchange invaluable insights and experience,” explains Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.
“An effective regional higher education system centred on an ASEAN scholarship scheme for students is a key element in promoting people connectivity and supports integration efforts in ASEAN,” he adds.
Successful applicants from selected universities across the region will enjoy a fully funded, short-term (one semester) exchange. To qualify students will need to have already completed two semesters of study and attend an institution participating in the scheme. The full list of these schools is available on the project’s website.
Officially launched in May 2015, SHARE is a €10 million EU grant funded programme that hopes to enhance the quality and competitiveness of ASEAN higher education institutions and students. It is based on the highly successful Erasmus programme, which “will provide opportunities for over four million Europeans to study, train gain experience, and volunteer abroad.”
“The European Erasmus scholarship scheme is known worldwide as the gold standard in exchange programmes,” said EU Ambassador to ASEAN H.E. Fransisco Fontan. “Millions of students from Europe, as well as countries worldwide, have benefitted from the scheme not only through their academic qualifications but also by experiencing Europe on a personal level. This has had a profound impact on community-building in Europe” he added.
The application process is in two steps. Candidates apply to study in one of the participating partner universities for a semester, then apply for the scholarship. The individual schools will be responsible for the admission of candidates; SHARE then selects who will receive the funding.
Candidates are strongly advised to request admission as early as possible as the institutions need enough time to process requests. Only applications for selected (English taught) courses are eligible. All the information about how to apply for the scholarships is available on the SHARE Scholarships web page.