6th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME6), Seoul

Collaboration for the Next Decade: from Common Perspectives to Effective Fulfillment

The year 2017 marks the 10th year of the ASEM Education Process since the 1st ASEM Conference of Ministers Responsible for Education, which was held in Berlin in 2008. At the conference, the ASEM Education Process took its first step from the common perspectives in Asia and Europe. Subsequently, the process has been impressively evolved through Hanoi (2009), Copenhagen (2011), Kuala Lumpur (2013), and Riga (2015) meetings. Two years ago in Riga, the education ministers encouraged all ASEM partners to engage in more result-oriented activities through promoting ASEM education collaboration for results.

he ASEMME6 on 21 November 2017 was chaired by Mr. Kim Sang-kon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of Korea. During the welcome speech, Minister Kim stressed that ASEMME6 will be a platform for practical dialogue and advanced based on past progress, and a historic milestone that set the tone for the next 10 years of ASEM cooperation. There were two plenary sessions with presentations by ASEM partners in relation to the four ASEM Education Priority Areas. The first day meeting was started with presentations on priority areas of Engaging Business and Industries in Education and Lifelong Learning including Technical and Vocational Education and Training. The presentations were from Head of Delegation of Ireland, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The first day meeting was ended with formal dinner hosted by Mr. Kim Sang-kon, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of Korea. The second plenary session on 22 November 2017 was enlighten by presentations from Head of Delegation of Slovakia, Indonesia, Romania, and China on priority areas of Quality Assurance and Recognition and Balanced Mobility. All the presentations from the Head of Delegations provide opportunities for ASEM partners to learn and collaborate in initiatives under the four ASEM Education Priority Areas between Asia and Europe.

At the end of the meetings, the Ministers approved and adopted the Conclusions by the Chairs and Seoul Declaration. In addition, the Ministers also witnessed the handing over ceremony of rotating ASEM Education Secretariat from Jakarta to Brussels. The meeting was ended with presentation on Looking Forward to ASEMME7 by Head of Delegation of Romania. As a conclusion remarks, Minister Kim Chair of Meeting, stressed that there is need for vibrant education activities between Asia and Europe in order to expand the people to people connectivity for address common challenges faced by all ASEM partners.


Date 21/11/2017 - 22/11/2017
Time 08:30 - 17:00
Location Hotel Shilla Seoul


21 November 2017(ASEMME6 – DAY 1)

  • 08:30 – 12:00 – Registration of the Participants
  • 09:00 – 12:00 – Bilateral Meetings or Working Group Meetings (by appointment only)
  • 12:00 – 13:30 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:40 – Opening Ceremony
  • 14:40 – 15:00 – Family Photo and Coffee Break
  • 15:00 – 17:00 – Plenary Session I : Collaboration for the Next Decade – Improving Youth Employability
  • 17:00 – 17:30 – Coffee Break
  • 17:30 – 17:40 – Presentation of ARC5 and ARC6 Policy Recommendations19:00 – 21:00 Formal Dinner

22 November 2017 (ASEMME6 – Day 2)

  • 9:00 – 11:00 – Plenary Session II: Collaboration for the Next Decade – Promoting Mobility and People-to-people Connectivity
  • 11:00 – 11:30 – Coffee Break
  • 11:30 – 11:45 – Seoul Declaration and Chair’s Conclusions: Presentation and Adoption
  • 11:45 – 12:00 – Presentation: Looking Forward to ASEMME7
  • 12:00 – 12:15 – Handing over of ASEM Education Secretariat to the Next Host
  • 12:15 – 12:25 – Closing Remarks
  • 12:25 – 13:00 – Press Conference
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:30 – 17:00 – Site Visit and Bilateral Meetings or Working Group Meeting