Ministers and representatives of the ministries of education from the Member States of the Asia-Europe Meeting / ASEM interregional cooperation initiative, gathered in the Romanian capital on the occasion of the 7th ASEM/ASEM ME7 Meeting (May 15-16, 2019), adopted the Bucharest Statement.
A reference document for future meetings, the Bucharest Statement sets the role of the ASEM Educational Process in achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals stipulated in the 2030 Agenda. In this regard, Sustainable Development and Digitalisation were introduced as cross-cutting themes within the four priority areas of the ASEM Educational Process: ensuring and recognising the quality of education, involving the business and industry sectors in education, balanced mobility and lifelong learning (including vocational and technical education).
“The debates during these two days concerned instruments already used in the ASEM Educational Process, as well as measures required to ensure the balance and inclusive character of mobility between Asia and Europe, in the context of the digital age. I am pleased that these discussions have contributed to the development of macro-regional Europe-Asia cooperation, and I would also like to express my hope that the results of this meeting will be relevant to the ASEM cooperation process in the field of education,” stated the Minister of National Education Ecaterina Andronescu.
The theme of the ASEM ME7 ministerial meeting, organised by the Ministry of National Education, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and of the Executive Unit for Financing Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation (UEFISCDI), was “Connecting education: inclusion, mobility and excellence in support of the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The event was preceded by the Meeting of Senior Officials (2nd Senior Officials’ Meeting / SOM2), held on May 14 as a technical meeting in which the participants discussed and jointly established the activity report between the two ministerial meetings – ASEM ME6 in Seoul and ASEM ME7 in Bucharest (Stocktaking Report from Seoul to Bucharest) and the conclusions of ASEM ME7 (ASEM ME7 Chair’s Conclusions). Both events were part of the calendar of activities carried out in the context of Romania’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) is a cooperation platform between Europe and Asia, launched in 1996, in order to strengthen the dialogue between the two regions.
ASEM currently has 53 partners: 51 states (28 EU Member States, Switzerland, Norway and 21 Asian states) and 2 international organisations – the European Union and the ASEAN Secretariat (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). Romania joined the ASEM on the occasion of the ASEM7 Summit (Beijing, October 24-25, 2008).