Victoria-Southeast Asia Higher Education Forum

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), established 2015, aims to bring together ASEAN member nations into a single market that is able to compete effectively in the global economy. This will bring about new challenges and opportunities to the region’s higher education sector.

The State of Victoria, Australia is prominently known for consistently providing one of the highest quality educational outcomes for its citizens and international students alike. Its international education sector, currently dominated by higher education, generated over AUD 5 billion in 2014, making it the largest service sector of the state’s economy. Victoria is ranked a close second in terms of the total enrolment of international students in Australia. Six of its ten universities are ranked in the top 500 universities (THE 2015/16) in the world.

With these two distinct themes in mind, the Victorian Government Business Office in Kuala Lumpur, has invited the Malaysian Association of Private Colleges & Universities to co-host the inaugural Higher Education Forum that will include participation from Victorian, Malaysian and Southeast Asian (SEA) higher education providers and associations.

The Forum will be a common platform towards developing and enhancing higher education cooperation, capacity building and partnership between Victoria and its counterparts in the region. It is envisaged that the Forum will provide a variety of perspectives and models to its participants, through discourse, dialogue and networking.

This Forum will host experts from Victoria and the SEA region to explore issues and possible opportunities on the following themes:

Internationalization, transnational education and mobility:

  • Presentation on the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Panel discussion on transnational education – Australian education and in the ASEAN region


Student experience and holistic outcomes:

  • Panel discussion on making a difference towards positive impacts and enhanced outcomes.
  • Presentation on student experience through mobility & joint programmes
    Scholarships and student mobility


Dual sector delivery: vocational education & training to higher education:

Panel discussion on dual sector delivery: higher education and vocational education & training


Graduate employ ability:


  • Debate: Graduate Employ ability should be the Ultimate Outcome for Universities



Blended learning:


  • Panel discussion on blended learning including online education and educated platforms



Event date and venue:


  • 19-20 May 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.



Target audience:


  • Senior executives from public and private higher education providers in Victoria and SEA
  • Higher education government agencies from SEA countries
  • International Education, Economic Development, Employment and Innovation, State Government of Victoria
  • Higher education special interest groups
  • Regional and international participants/observers



To find out more information about the forum contact Yi-Lin khoo (

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