B-Brussels: ICI — European Higher Education Fairs in Central Asia and Asia

Project Overview

Project Title B-Brussels: ICI — European Higher Education Fairs in Central Asia and Asia
Project Number Ref. 16166
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) Not Assigned
Project Start – Project End January 13, 2014–January 12, 2017
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding European Union
Project Budget(EUR) 1885000
Implementing Organization / Consortium

• IBF (Belgium)
• SICI Dominus (lead firm)
• B&S Europe SA

Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Dr Stephen Webber, Team Leader and Senior Expert in Higher Education Policy and Cooperation

European Higher Education Fairs in Central Asia and Asia Project

S.I.C.I. Dominus Consortium

email: Stephen.webber@sicidominus.com

Website: www.ehef.asia

By email: info@ehef.asia

By phone: +32(0)28280017

By Skype: ehef.asia


Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

Universities in the EU and elsewhere are vigorously marketing their courses overseas and adapting curricula to meet their demand.

Interest in developing international academic cooperation between faculties, institutions and networks is also growing and many developed country universities are establishing branches in Asia and Central Asia and/or entering into joint-venture activities with Asian and Central Asia partners.

The first European Higher Education Fair in Asia funded by the European Commission was held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2004. “Fairs” are promotional activities which could range from traditional fairs to travelling road shows including a combination of both.

Other fairs took place in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries. The fairs enabled EU national representations and their higher education institutions to inform potential students, their advisors and sponsors about study opportunities in Europe.

The overall objective of the project is to promote European higher education to students and academic staff in Asia and Central Asia and to coordinate activities between European and third country higher education institutions.

Project Objectives
Education Sector HE
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Examination, certification and accreditation, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Quality assurance, Social Partnership, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Employers and employer organisations, Learners (scholar, student, apprentice etc.), Lecturers, teachers, instructors, trainers, Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies, Training providers (public and private)
Related Projects

The purpose of the project is to organise higher education fairs in Asia, in particular Central Asia, to provide information on opportunities for studying in Europe and cooperation activities between European and third country higher education institutions.

The result to be achieved is the organisation of at least five higher education fairs in Central Asia (one fair minimum) and Asia (four fairs minimum) in the period 2014 to 2016.

The geographical area to be covered is Asia and Central Asia as indicated in the amended Instrument for Cooperation with industrialised countries and other high-income countries and territories.

Project Results

Provision of all related and necessary support, ranging from the identification (design of the fairs: themes, venue, timing, participants, visibility/communication strategy, budget), implementation (logistic), follow-up (reference documents, quality monitoring, dissemination of results). This includes:

  • Identification of a location which is easily accessible,
  • Preparation of detailed EHEF programme with application dates and detailed organisational notes,
  • Preparation of higher education institutions’ selection and eligibility criteria for fairs, and possibly on a EHEF theme and key note speakers,
  • Preparation of selection process for other bodies (civil society, private sector, national authorities, embassies),
  • Booking venues and related services, hotels and travels,
  • Setting up, if appropriate, workshops on issues as network development, cross-cultural and international collaboration,
  • identifying regional programmes of common interest and suggesting new forms of collaboration,
  • strengthening of university-industry relations, distance education management and new uses of IT in education, learning mobility recognition,
  • Implementation of visibility and communication strategy,
  • Liaison with the corporate sector which can be involved through sponsorships.

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