Output 1: APEC Education Strategy: The APEC Education Strategy will be a blueprint of education development up to 2020 with a view to advancing related global agenda such as UN SDG 2030 and UNESCO Education 2030. As a deliverable of the 6th AEMM, the Strategy also will serve as a guideline that bridges the Joint Ministerial Statement with education policies in specific APEC economies. Through research-based collective work and consultations with stakeholders and drawing upon existing related research and strategic publications, it will a) achieve common understanding of the role of education in economic growth and integration; b) identifying the goal of education development by 2020 with a vision of education development by 2030; c) synthesizing lessons from previous APEC work in education; d) proposing actions to take in each priority area; e) proposing implementation levers for the Strategy, among other things.
Through system-wise analysis and region-wise consultation, the theme of quality growth and human development will be translated into concrete evidence-based policy recommendations and implementation leavers. Hence it would promote the economic growth through mutual learning and advance economic integration in Asia-Pacific Region will thus be promoted.
Output 2: Baseline Report on Current Education Status in Asia and Pacific Region: The Baseline Report will reflect the most up-to-date education status in APEC economies and education development in Asia Pacific Region as a whole. It consists of overview and 21 chapters contribute by member economies, each containing the following parts: overview, education system chart, education administration system, education governance system, key education policies, and key indicators and statistics (optional). It will serve as the background paper for Joint Ministerial Statement of the 6th AEMM and the APEC Education Strategy, esp. by providing cases of best practices of policy reform and innovation.
Output 3: Action Plan of the APEC Education Strategy: It is planned that the Action Plan for the APEC Education Strategy will be developed jointly by APEC host economy, the EDNET coordinator as well as leading economy of each priority areas decided at the 6th AEMM for further education development in the Asia Pacific Region.
Outcomes: Consensus will be reached on strategy of education development for 2016-2020 with a vision up to 2030 in the sphere of APEC.
Priority areas, policy actions and implementation levers for education development will be identified in a collaborative manner among APEC economies.
Sharing of systemic and updated knowledge and information of education systems and reforms will be enhanced;
Mutual understanding, mutual learning and mutual reinforcement of education development among APEC member will be expanded; and
Synergy of future collaboration, in terms of projects and initiatives, will be increased among APEC economies.
Beneficiaries: All APEC economies will benefit from the project including the processes and outcomes of collaborating on the APEC Education Strategy, the Baseline Report on Current Education Status in Asia Pacific Region, the Action Plan for APEC Education Strategy and related meetings, workshops and conferences. The outcomes of the project will be applicable to policymakers, researchers and practitioners, including those from developed and developing economies, from, yet not limited to education sector. The direct beneficiaries include the ministers and senior officials who will attend the 6th APEC Education Ministerial Meeting and endorse these two documents. The focal points of the APEC HRDWG and EDNET, the representatives of APEC member economies nominated as the Task Force Members of the APEC Education Strategy as well as government officials whose work related to human resource development and education should also benefit from the projects. (please find the namelist of task force of APEC Education Strategy at the end of this part). In the long run, the project is expected to generate positive changes and far-reaching impact upon education systems and thus would also benefit the students and teachers in Asia Pacific Region in the long run.
The policymakers will directly benefit from the Baseline Report on Current Education Status in Asia Pacific Region, particularly, the ministers of education and other education policymakers could obtain a more complete and thorough understanding of current education status in Asia Pacific Region, to learn from other economies’ methods, approaches and strategies and organizing, structuring and operating education systems. The Baseline Report could facilitate officials who work in the field of APEC (esp. focal points and liaison persons of the APEC member economies) for their collaboration with other APEC member economies by directing them into right counterparts, expanding their opportunities for collaboration and updating their knowledge of the education systems in other member economies to improve the quality and efficiency of communication and collaboration. Likewise, researchers could refer to the Baseline Report their research for engaging in exchange and cooperation with their counterparts in other APEC economies.
In the same vein, the ministers of education and other policymakers could benefit from the APEC Education Strategy. By the Strategy, the APEC member economies will reach consensus on goals of education development for their joint benefits and align development of member economies with overall regional development goals. The Strategy contains strategies and approaches to education reform and development that could hopefully facilitate the education policy reform of member economies and While the content of the documents are relevant to most government developments, it will also benefit related APEC fora for application on a larger scope.
Furthermore, the project will benefit all policymakers and officials whose work related to APEC by creating a new approach to development APEC policy document on the basis of collective work and solid consensus, i.e. both documents will be developed by the APEC member economies, either focal points of the government officials or scholars/experts nominated by the government. It is for the first time that the nominated government officials and researchers work together to develop a policy document of the APEC and for the APEC by contributing their thoughts and ideas. Thus the document will embody the collective insight and wisdom for regional education development and create a far-reaching and wide-spread impact.
In doing so, hopefully it would promote the economic growth through mutual learning and economic integration in Asia-Pacific Region will thus be promoted.
Please see the list of APEC Education Strategy Task Force members as follows:
1) Australia: Stephen Trengove-Jones, Director, Americas, APEC, Middle East and Africa, International Mobility Branch, International Group, Australian Government Department of Education and Training
2) Chile: Mr. Francisco Jeria, Chief Adviser of our Minister of Education, Ministry of Education
3) China: Zhou Tianming, Director, Department for Development and Planning, Ministry of Education
4) China: Wang Xiaofei, Deputy Director, National Institute of Education Sciences
5) Indonesia: Suharti, Chief, Bureau for Planning and International Cooperation
6) Japan: Kazuo Akiyama, Director for Overseas Cooperation, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
7) Japan: Mihoko Toyoshima, Specialist, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
8) Republic of Korea: Ji-Yon Lee, Professor, Sehan University
9) Republic of Korea: Sung Min Park, Associate Professor, Baewha Women’s University
10) Malaysia: Mohd. Yunus Bin Charlie Charington, Undersecretary, International Relations Division, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia
11) Mexico: Salvador A. Malo Álvarez, Director General for Higher Education, Secretary of Public Education
12) Mexico: Juan José Serrato, Coordinator of Advisers of the undersecretary of higher education, Secretary of Public Education
13) Papua New Guinea: Jennifer Kinandi, Manager-International Relations, Department of Higher Education, Research, Science & Technology
14) Peru: Mario Raúl Rivera Orams, Counselor, National Education Council
15) The Philippines: MARISSA G. LEGASPI, Executive Director, Technical Education and Skills Development
16) The Philippines: NAPOLEON K. JUANILLO, JR., Director IV., Commission on Higher Education (CHED)
17) The Philippines: ROGER B. MASAPOL, Director IV, Department of Education (DepEd)
18) Russia Federation: Boris Zhelezov, Deputy First Vice Rector, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE)
19) Russia Federation: Ksenia Elovskikh, International Department, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Chief-expert
20) Chinese Taipei: Dian-Fu Chang, Dean, College of Education, Tamkang University
21) Thailand: Amornwich Nakornthap, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, Chulalongkorn University
22) Thailand: Usa Chuchart, Educator (Senior Professional Level), Office of Education Council, Educational Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education
23) Thailand: Kanittha Hanirattisai, Chief, International Organization Cooperation Unit, Bureau of International Cooperation, Ministry of Education
24) USA: Bridget Humphries, Senior Research Associate, Leed Management Consulting, Inc Senior Research Associate
25) OECD：Deborah Roseveare, Head of Skills Beyond School Division，Directorate for Education and Skills
26) World Bank: Amer Hasan, Senior Economist, Education Sector