Project Name: ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference
This page is under the section of: University Leaders’ Dialogue
Short Name : ASEAN+3 UNet
Partner / Secretariat : AUN Member Universities and Universities from the Plus Three countries
Objectives : to create a platform for executive level (President/Rector/Vice-chancellor) of the ASEAN and the Plus Three universities to learn and share their views toward the challenges ahead for the ASEAN+3 future cooperation.

Highlighted Milestone :
The ASEAN+3 cooperation initiated in December 1997 with the convening of an informal Summit among the Leaders of ASEAN and their counterparts from People’s Republic of China, Japan and Republic of Korea. The ASEAN+3 process was institutionalized in 1999 when the Leaders issued a Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation at their 3rd ASEAN+3 Summit in Manila. The ASEAN+3 Leaders expressed greater resolve and confidence in further strengthening and deepening East Asia cooperation at various levels and in various areas, particularly in economic and social, political, and other fields.

Since then, a number of key documents have been adopted to set the direction for ASEAN+3 cooperation. This include the Second Joint Statement on East Asia Cooperation: “Building on the Foundations of ASEAN+3 Cooperation” and the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Work Plan 2007-2017.

The Work Plan serves as the master plan for enriching ASEAN+3 relations and cooperation in a comprehensive and mutually beneficial manner. It also contributes to the establishment of the ASEAN Community by 2015.

Under the Work Plan, the ASEAN University Network is tasked to promote higher education, increase linkages between universities and encourage credit transfers in ASEAN+3 countries. In realization of this vital mission, the “ASEAN +3 Higher Education Policy Dialogue” was successfully convened in Phuket, Thailand in March 2009 with full support by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, the Office of Higher Education Commission, Thailand and the AUN Secretariat.

As a result, the conference participants agreed to establish an ASEAN+3 University Network, as well as the ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference and the heads of ASEAN+3 International Relations’ Meeting in rotation between the AUN Member Universities and universities from the Plus Three countries. This initiative is considered as a significant mechanism to intensify the ASEAN+3 higher education cooperation and ultimately lead to the East Asian community building. These proposed activities were recognized as part of the six action lines under the ASEAN+3 Plan of Action on Education 2007-2017.

Recent Development :

1st ASEAN +3 Rectors’ Conference: Inaugural meeting for an establishment of the ASEAN+3 University Network
Pursuant to the recommendation of the ASEAN+3 Higher Education Policy Dialogue, held on 20-23 March 2009 in Phuket, Thailand. The Meeting was discussed on the ASEAN+3 initiation under the theme “Intellectual Contribution to Enhancing the Future Higher Education in East Asian Community.” The meeting concluded with the productive recommendations, addressing the intensification mechanisms of the ASEAN+3 cooperation on university networking and East Asia Community building through an establishment of the ASEAN+3 University Network. The 1st ASEAN +3 Rectors’ Conference was hosted by Peking University on 1 November 2012 in Beijing, P.R. China. On the occasion of the first inaugural of the AESAN+3 Rectors’ Conference, the representatives from AUN and the Plus Three member universities officially signed the MOU for an establishment of the ASEAN+3 University Network and agreed to the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the ASEAN+3 University Network which was put into effect after the MOU signing.

The 2nd ASEAN+3 Rectors’ conference
The 2nd ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference was kindly hosted and organized by Chiang Mai University in cooperation with the ASEAN University Network (AUN) on 6-7 November 2014 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The purpose of the conference was to create a platform for executive level (President/Rector/Vice-Chancellor) of the ASEAN and the Plus Three universities to learn and share their views towards the challenges for the ASEAN + 3 future cooperation. The conference comprised 3 main activities. The first is the presentations by the representatives of the Ministry of Education from the Plus Three countries and the ASEAN Secretariat on national policies for potential collaborations and on possible cooperation amongst leading ASEAN and Plus Three countries respectively. The second is brainstorming workshop to share and propose possible collaborations with regards to students, academics, and policy levels among ASEAN and Plus Three countries.

The 3 rd ASEAN+3 Rectors Conference
The 3rd ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference organised a comprehensive discussion and sharing on “Contemporary crises in higher education: impacts, implications, and solutions”, hosted by Guangxi University on 31 October – 1 November 2016 in Nanning, P.R. China. The Conference brought together 66 University Executives to The 3rd ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference organised a comprehensive discussion and sharing on “Contemporary crises in higher education: impacts, implications, and solutions”, hosted by Guangxi University on 31 October – 1 November 2016 in Nanning, P.R. China. The Conference brought together 66 University Executives to ‘MEET-SEE & DISCUSS’

MEET and GREET friends and colleagues from ASEAN+3 UNet
SEE and EXPLORE 4 Key Laboratories and Engineering Research Centers of the Ministry of Education. DISCUSS and EXHANGE views on the potential multilateral cooperation