ASEAN, ROK launch higher education for ASEAN talents scholarship programme

JAKARTA, 24 July 2020 – The launch of the Higher Education for ASEAN Talents (HEAT) Scholarship Programme took place through an online ceremony on 22 July.

HEAT is a collaborative effort between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea (ROK) that aims to strengthen the ASEAN higher education sector and foster closer ties between the two sides. The programme, valued at over $US 8 million, provides scholarships for faculty members from higher education institutions accross ASEAN to pursue doctoral studies in the ROK.

In his remarks, Ambassador of the ROK to ASEAN Lim Sungnam highlighted that ROK’s investment in education played an important role in its development.

The Philippines’ Undersecretary of Education and Chair of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education Jesus Lorenzo Mateo, ROK Deputy Minister of Education Jung Jong-Chul, Korean Council for University Education Chairperson Kim In Chul, and Deputy Secretary-General for the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Kung Phoak, were present at the online launch.

More than 700 faculty members participated in an online briefing on the 2021 HEAT scholarship round that was also held at the launch. Six higher education institutions from the ROK were present and provided information about their programmes.

Eleven faculty members from the inaugural HEAT batch received scholarships and will begin their studies in September 2020.

Admission for the next round of HEAT scholarships will open at the end of July 2020.

More information on scholarship programmes available for ASEAN nationals is available here:  https://asean.org/opportunities/scholarship/

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