Nurturing Harmony through Low-Cost Mobility: Case Study of P2A

Abstract

In this globalized world, internationalization becomes a vital strategy for many universities, including in the ASEAN region. Yet, despite that, the number of students conducting study abroad (one semester study) remains small (2013, 20.540 students conducting intra-ASEAN mobility) . One of the main problems is the high cost of the program. This constraint is largely created by the gap among ASEAN nations, with member countries varying from the likes of Myanmar to Singapore and Indonesia, with the highest distribution gap stands at 59:1.

In response, a group of five universities, led by Rangsit University, Thailand and Duy Tan University, Vietnam launched the Passage to ASEAN (P2A) initiative in 2013, enabling students to conduct short-term mobility (minimum of 3 days) with low-cost (25 USD/person/day inclusive of accommodation, meals, program and local transport) throughout 9 ASEAN countries (exclude Brunei Darussalam). P2A brings a standardized program to build understanding amongst students. This presentation will share the experience from members of P2A along with its advantages, problems, potential developments and obstacles in conducting mobility through this network. Lastly, we will also see how P2A is aligned in supporting the Vision of ASEAN Secretariat: One ASEAN.