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The assistance of the ASEAN Secretariat, GRM International, and all of the governments, organisations and individuals involved in the consultations, the regional workshop held inJakartaon 9-10 June 2008, and feedback on drafts, is gratefully acknowledged. We also wish to acknowledge the support of our ACER colleagues Peter McGuckian, Trish Firth, Pat Knight, Cathy Underwood and Ratna Dhamija.


At the Second East Asia Summit (EAS) meeting held in 2007, the 16 Country Leaders agreed to strengthen regional educational cooperation. Acting on behalf of the EAS, the ASEAN Secretariat has commissioned this project to develop strategies for EAS participants to enhance regional economic competitiveness and strengthen community building in a balanced and sustainable manner through cooperation in education. The project’s scope encompasses regional cooperation in basic education (primary and secondary), technical and vocational education and training, and higher education. This report draws on a literature review of experiences with international educational cooperation, analysis of published data, consultations with education and labour market authorities in each EAS country during the period from March to May, and inputs from organisations and individuals engaged in regional cooperative activities in education. An earlier draft was discussed at a Regional Workshop attended by EAS countries in Jakarta on 9-10 June 2008.