JAKARTA, 14 September 2017 – The European Union (EU) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are inviting undergraduate students in ASEAN of all disciplines to apply for the fourth batch of the EU Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) scholarships to study at ASEAN or EU universities for one semester in the period December 2017 – August 2018.


The application period opened yesterday (13 September) and will run until 10 November 2017. Detailed information on how to apply for the scholarship and the online application system are available at www.share-asean.eu.


“This special partnership with the EU allows us to empower talented students to pursue their chosen careers and exchange invaluable insights and experience. An effective regional higher education system centred on a robust scholarship scheme for students is a key element in promoting people connectivity. Enhancing student mobility is a priority of ASEAN as stipulated in the ASEAN Work Plan on Education 2016-2020 as well as the Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Higher Education of 2015,” said Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee, Deputy Secretary-General for ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community.


Meanwhile, Francisco Fontan, the EU Ambassador to ASEAN, said that “the EU in collaboration with ASEAN is providing 500 scholarships for ASEAN students through the SHARE programme. SHARE Scholarships are life-changing opportunities for students in the ASEAN region. In Europe, the Erasmus+ programme has taught us in the past thirty years how important studying abroad is for individual careers as well as for building a regional community. I strongly encourage ASEAN students to apply for the fourth batch SHARE Scholarship.”


During the first three batches of the SHARE Scholarship Programme, the EU and ASEAN have awarded 171 full scholarships to ASEAN undergraduate students from 32 ASEAN universities in 8 ASEAN Member States. For the fourth batch, there are  175 scholarships that will be provided for undergraduate students in ASEAN.


Normawati Susanto, a student at Diponegoro University in Indonesia received a scholarship batch 2 to study at Mandalay University in Myanmar. She said that “Being an exchange student is one of the great things that ever happened to my life. I got many experiences which I never could imagine before.”