Exploring Students Engagement in Education Policy Reforms

Exploring Students Engagement in Education Policy Reforms

28 Mar 2019 10:30 11:00

28-March-2019 / Thursday / 10:30 - 11:00


This poster contributes to the discussion around students engagement and inclusiveness in the decision making process on national education policy and University life. It will do so presenting the findings of the a qualitative research carried out under the umbrella of the ERASMUS + Key Action 2 CBHE project CHINLONE – Connecting Higher education Institutions for a New Leadership On National Education ( CHINLONE is an EU/Myanmar partnership aimed to the improvement and enhancement of the national process of HE reform recently launched in Myanmar. In 2018 the presenters have carried out an extensive joint research interviewing Myanmar students to focus if and how students feel that they can have an active role in shaping national and local educational policy?; are there student representation and governance structures that can effectively make students’ voice heard?; which are the students idea to improve their agency towards these matters? On the bases of these findings, the discussion will conclude with suggestions for policy makers, academic leadership, teaching and administrative staff on how they can play their role to make sure that students voice is heard. Best practice from different South East Asian countries and EU will be presented.

The audience will acquire insights on:

  1. The opinion of South East Asian students on ongoing national Higher Education reforms and their role in the decision making process on national education policy.
  2. Data and facts on student representation and governance in South East Asia and how these can be fostered and empowered to make sure that students’ opinions, feedbacks and inputs are collected and considered both at local and national level.
  3. Which actions can be developed and promoted In South East Asia targeting the different HE actors (from governmental officers to University governance and teaching staff) to encourage them in supporting student’s representation creating a more inclusive and stronger University environment.
  4. How these actions can be developed with the support of international partners and how can be financed and made sustainable in time.


Mrs Licia Proserpio 
International Relation Officer,
University of Bologna,

Licia Proserpio works at the International Relations Office of the University of Bologna. She is involved in the development and management of international projects under different frameworks (EuropeAid, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus +) mainly in the Asian context. Since 2018, she a PHD Student in “Global Histories, Cultures and Politics”.

Dr Aye Thandar Htay 
Lecturer, Mandalar Degree College,

Aye Thandar Htay holds a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics. She has more than 15 years of experience in teaching in Myanmar Universities; nowadays she is a Lecturer in Physics at Mandalar Degree College. She is involved in the activities of the Department of Higher Education at the Ministry.