Representatives from over 25 member universities of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) gathered at the annual Steering Committee Meeting of the ASEAN Credit Transfer System (ACTS) in Hanoi on April 1-2.

Hosted by Vietnam National University, Hanoi (VNU - Hanoi), the 7 th event focused on how to develop the network sustainably and smoothly.

Participants debated the expansion of the Credit Transfer System at both university and postgraduate education programmes. They also promoted credit transfer between the AUN and other universities outside the network.

Southeast Asian universities focus on enhancing integration and access to international education standards.

The conferences offered a forum for regional universities to designate a common AUN education standard, increasing the effectiveness of cooperation among the universities.

VNU – Hanoi Vice Rector Nguyen Kim Son affirmed that his university will contribute actively to building AUN policies as well as developing scholarship sources for students as part of its efforts to ensure sustainable operation of the network’s credit transfer system.

AUN Management Director Nantana Gaiaseni said since its first meeting in 2009, ACTS activities have increasingly developed, adding that she hopes additional non-AUN members will join the ACTS.

By February 2015, as many as 1,518 credit transfer programmes had been implemented within the network.

The ACTS now groups 32 universities from 10 ASEAN member nations and Japan. Vietnam has three universities participating in the network, including Can Tho University, VNU-Hanoi and VNU – Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA