The 4th ASEAN-EU Cooperation and Scholarship 2021 concluded on a high note with closing remarks from EU Ambassador to ASEAN, Igor Driesmans and ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General for Socio-Cultural Community, Kung Phoak.
Igor Driesmans expressed his hope for ASEAN youth and students to explore the different scholarship opportunities and drew inspiration from their fellow ASEAN youth leaders throughout the two-day event.
Emphasising the partnership between ASEAN and the EU, he affirmed people-to-people exchange as one of the main focuses of the bilateral partnership – bringing together people and ideas.
To date, the Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) programme has offered 501 scholarships to ASEAN students since 2016 and continuing to support 300 more students by the end of 2022.
He also hopes the ASEAN Scholarship programme can be formed through cooperation efforts, similar to the Erasmus scholarship model in Europe.
Attended by over 4,600 ASEAN students, the two-day event also brought together EU-funded projects in the region and ASEAN youth leaders in a series of talk shows and discussion sessions on topics ranging from the circular economy and sustainable session, emerging data scientists, women empowerment and others.
In ‘Innovating for the Future’ session, Azma Aziz from Digtech, Brunei discussed the importance of digital literacy among ASEAN youth with Amri Ilma from Ruang Guru, Indonesia and Niña Terol, one of the Philippines’ young thought leaders on education, women empowerment, human-centred design and innovation.
Another featured youth from Brunei is Zainulabidin bin Haji Mohamad who shared his experience as an alumnus of the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) programme.
Also participating in the event was Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), the only higher education from Brunei. UTB took part in the virtual exhibition event to attract potential international students and promote the university’s programmes.
Moreover, UTB believes its participation can increase the University’s global visibility and engagement with partners abroad.
Empowering ASEAN youth as the future of the region remains one of the key priorities for the EU. Besides the annual ASEAN-EU Cooperation and Scholarship Day, the EU Delegation to ASEAN also holds a regular bi-monthly ASEAN Youth Talkshow and is currently holding an ASEAN Youth Photography Competition to empower youth to use photography as a medium of use expression. Information on youth-related events and EU-ASEAN cooperation is regularly updated on the @euinasean social media channel.