EU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (EU SHARE) 2021–2022


SHARE is the European Union’s flagship higher education programme with ASEAN. The main objective of the project is to strengthen regional co-operation, enhance the quality, regional competitiveness and internationalisation of ASEAN Higher Education institutions and students, contributing to an ASEAN Community in 2015 and beyond. More specifically, SHARE’s purpose is to:

  • enhance the harmonisation of ASEAN Higher Education (HE) area through the formulation of ASEAN Higher Education frameworks, taking into account the EU experience and promotion of equal access for girls and women to quality Higher Education free from discrimination and
  • support mutual recognition, student mobility and equal opportunities for all, including female students, and people with disabilities, among HEIs in ASEAN, and to strengthen people to people connectivity.

The current two-year extension will see SHARE continue its support of the ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN stakeholders to establish an ASEAN Higher Education area.

Aims and activities

The SHARE extension 2021-2022 enables provision of further technical assistance and capacity building in the following areas:

  • Development of ASEAN Communities of Practice for greater coordination, knowledge management, and Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)
  • Strengthen regional initiatives in quality assurance and accreditation of higher education institutions and study programmes
  • Support the implementation of national qualifications frameworks and the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Contribute to the work of the ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN)
  • Support the ongoing shift to Outcome Based Education (OBE)
  • A study on ‘Graduate Employability in ASEAN’ as part of a series of studies to support the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC) 2025
  • Implementation of digital modalities of internationalisation including Virtual Exchange and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
  • Piloting of digital credential recognition and portability for an ASEAN Credit Transfer System mechanism

ENQA’s role

ENQA will engage in activities related to Result Area 2: Qualifications Frameworks and Quality Assurance. More specifically, ENQA will:

  • Engage in strategic policy advice to AQAN (together with DAAD)
  • Provide capacity building and staff training for AQAN (in cooperation with DAAD)
    • In the framework of the capacity building and staff development activities for the AQAN Secretariat, ENQA, in cooperation with DAAD, will organise four online training sessions throughout the whole SHARE review process, from October 2021 to July 2022. The training sessions will be held before each milestone of the external review process of QA agencies in the ASEAN region, so that the AQAN Secretariat staff is well prepared for the upcoming main steps of the review process. Besides strengthening AQAN governance and staff structures, this training programme aims at familiarising the participants with the requirements and procedure of the AQAN agency reviews supported by the SHARE programme and supporting them to autonomously implement and coordinate external agency reviews. Depending on how the pandemic evolves and what the future travel restrictions and recommendations will be in Spring 2022, a study visit to ENQA and the observation of an ENQA Agency Review may take place in May 2022. More information is available on the SHARE 2 website.
  • Contribute to the external review process of four QA agencies, with AQAN Secretariat staff in the lead role for co-ordination and implementation
  • Organise consultancy visits on EQA development to Myanmar and Vietnam
    • The implementation of the consultancy visits will be reconsidered in 2022 following the political situation in Myanmar and the number of Covid-19 cases in Vietnam.
  • Deliver a follow up seminar (or online seminar) to agencies in the Philippines (PAASCU), Indonesia (BANPT), Malaysia (MQA) and Thailand (ONESQA)
    • On 7-8 October 2021, the SHARE Programme held a follow-up seminar for the four external quality assurance agencies in the ASEAN that underwent the first series of AQAF reviews in 2017. Coordinated by ENQA, DAAD and AQAN Secretariat, the seminar brought together 12 representatives from MQA, Malaysia; BAN-PT, Indonesia; PAASCU, the Philippines and ONESQA, Thailand and gave the participants an opportunity to share and reflect their agencies’ post-review progress as well give and receive peer-support. The seminar also facilitated brainstorming of the future AQAF reviews and agencies’ capacity building and enhancement in the ASEAN region underlying the key role of AQAN Secretariat. More information will be available on the SHARE 2 website.
  • Engage in other QA related activities in SHARE extension


The SHARE Consortium is comprised of the British Council, the DAAD, ENQA, and Nuffic.

Funding and duration

SHARE is funded by the European Union and is being held from 28 February 2021 to 27 December 2022 (22 months).

Contact and further information

For further information, please contact Goran Dakovic or take a look at the SHARE website.

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