University Mobility Networks in Asia: What are They Good for?


This session examines the role of regional university networks as a tool for promoting student mobility in Asia. Presenters will illustrate different types of examples of university network in Asia such as UMAP, ASEAN University Network (AUN), ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) and Campus Asia. While all are based on reciprocal student exchange and the principle of resource-sharing, their organization is quite different, particularly in terms of membership and governance.  Each network has been influenced by national policy or inter-governmental political agenda and many of the networks receive government funds. The features of these Asian networks will be compared with similar mobility networks that operate in other regions (eg Erasmus) and globally (eg ISEP). The presenters will provide a case study of Asia’s oldest network, UMAP, focusing on how it is changing to meet the contemporary needs of students in Asia, particularly through expansion of shorter program, international service learning and internship. Participants will engage in discussion regarding how their university can participate in suitable networks for them and make use of those network for their students.  Finally, we will have an open discussion on how such networks can offer innovative educational programs for the future generation.