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Guiyang, China

September 17, 2013

Hosted by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Centre, “Seminar on China-ASEAN Education Integration, Qualification Recognition and Quality Assurance” (hereinafter referred to as “the Seminar”) was held in Guiyang, China from September 16th to 17th, 2013.

Representatives of recognition and quality-assurance bodies from the People’s Republic of China, Kingdom of Cambodia, Republic of Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Republic of the Philippines and Socialist Republic of Vietnam, officials from international organizations, namely ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (SEAMEO RIHED) and ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), officials from Vietnamese Embassy in China, and also delegates from a number of Chinese universities attended the Seminar.

The theme of the Seminar is “China-ASEAN education integration”. All participants, with one primary focus of pushing forward China-ASEAN education integration process from two perspectives (namely qualification recognition and quality assurance), exchanged views on the topics of reinforcing bilateral and multilateral recognition of educational qualifications, strengthening information sharing and comparative researches on qualification framework and cross-border quality assurance, as well as facilitating the high-quality implementation of the “Double 100,000 Students Mobility Program”.

Common understandings have been reached as follows:

1. It was agreed that to push forward China-ASEAN education integration process was conductive to intensifying educational exchanges and cooperation, enhancing friendship and mutual trust, strengthening regional information-sharing, elevating the level and expanding global influence of this regional collaboration.

2. It was endorsed that qualification recognition was one of practical steps to achieve China-ASEAN education integration. Participants of this seminar shall forge ahead with actual and concrete collaboration, aiming to enhance transparency and comparability of qualification systems as well as to push forward to establishing respective national qualification frameworks and conducting comparative researches on national qualification frameworks when they are established. China’s endeavor to set up a website including information on Asian National Informational Centres (ANICs), which has been supported in the ASEMME4, were welcomed, and shall be supported through active participation of participated ASEAN member countries.

3. It was noted that quality assurance was one of the important pre-requisite for qualification recognition, and was regarded as a common challenge for both China and ASEAN member countries. Participants fo the Seminar were willing to conduct in-depth cooperation in study of quality-assurance policies, standards and processes, and to actively support the establishment and activities of Cross-border Quality Assurance Network in Higher Education (CBQAN) approved also in the ASEMME4.

4. It was stressed that verification and evaluation of educational credentials and credit transfer studies played an important role in improving quality of students’ mobility, protecting lawful rights and interest of students, and implementing the “Double 100,000 Students Mobility Programme”. Participants of the seminar advocated that relevant bodies cooperate in this regard.

The Seminar received strong supports from the Ministry of Education of Peoples’ Republic of China, Education Department of Guizhou Province, and ASEAN-China Centre, and active assistance from Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The conclusions were passed in Guiyang, in September 17, 2013.

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