Impact of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015

Publication date: Dec 14, 2012 03:53 PM

The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is to be established by 2015, will affect the higher education systems in Southeast Asia. A new report prepared by Nuffic Neso Thailand looks at the effect of the AEC on the Thai system, in terms of institutional cooperation and its possible impact on the mobility of Southeast Asian students to the Netherlands.

The ASEAN community is to be established by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to simulate regional cooperation and will have an impact on the education in the region. One of the ambitions is to further harmonise the higher education systems in the region. This policy is likely to have implications for the student and staff mobility and the number of institutional cooperation agreements. The report describes how the Thai government aims to deal with these implications.

AEC and the Netherlands

The further integration of the ASEAN region could also have an impact on the mobility of students from the region to the Netherlands. The report drafts several strategies that Dutch higher education institutions can implement to remain visible and attractive.


The ASEAN was established in Bangkok in 1967 and currently has ten member states: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The ASEAN facilitates cooperation between these countries.

The report

The report on the impact of the AEC in Thailand is available on the Nuffic market information website (login required).

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