Call for Participants: Student Mobility in Southeast Asia 2023, Makassar – Student Mobility in Southeast Asia.

Call for Participants: Student Mobility in Southeast Asia
Malaysia-Thailand-Singapore 21-30 September 2023

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for an event on student mobility in Southeast Asia. We invite submissions from researchers, educators, and practitioners that explore the trends, challenges, and opportunities of student mobility within and beyond the region.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– The impact of student mobility on education and career outcomes
– The role of government policies and programs in promoting student mobility
– The experiences of students studying abroad in Southeast Asia
– The role of technology in facilitating student mobility

Submissions should be original, unpublished work and should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Papers should be between 2,000 and 3,000 words in length and should follow the book’s style guidelines.

The deadline for submissions is 1 August 2023. Please send your submissions to with the subject line “Student Mobility in Southeast Asia.”

We look forward to receiving your contributions!


Student Mobility in Southeast Asia

Student mobility is a major indicator of trade in educational services. When students travel abroad to study, paying tuition and other fees to a higher education institute in a foreign country, it is considered an export of education services under mode 2 of services trade categories.

Countries with student mobility ratios greater than 1 are net exporters of education services. These are countries whose education institutions attract foreign students with the latter paying to study in the former. On the other hand, countries with student mobility ratios less than one are those that are net importers of education services. These are countries from where students move out to foreign countries in larger proportions than foreign students coming in.

In Southeast Asia, countries like Malaysia and Singapore have student mobility ratios of more than one. This means that they are net exporters of education services. There is also a program called SEAAM (Southeast Asia Academic Mobility) which aims to create a vibrant student mobility program for citizens of all Southeast Asia countries.

The SEAAM program has a long history, emerging from the Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand (MIT) Student Mobility which was initiated in 2016 as collaboration between the universities of the three countries and Universitas Airlangga. The M-I-T program was a pilot event. Following the success of the pilot project, it is now being turned into a fully-fledged Southeast Asia program. Additional Southeast Asian nations are now invited to join the efforts of the three existing countries, and collectively develop a regional Southeast Asian student mobility program.

Student mobility has always been one of the key strategic elements of cooperation leading to the development of a harmonized higher education environment among countries in Southeast Asia. By 2015, it has been ambitiously agreed as a short-term goal among AIMS member countries that at least 50 students already participated on the program across the region, with expanding disciplines as well as membership.

Southeast Asia Academic Mobility (SEAAM) is a network that collaborates among universities in Southeast Asia. They have an annual event called Student Mobility, which has been taking place since 2016. The event is open to students, lecturers, and educational staff and includes seminars, discussions, research presentations, and workshops.

For example, Student Mobility 2022 is scheduled to take place from October 26th to November 6th, 2022 in three countries: Malaysia, Thailand, and Singapore. The event started with a discussion at Universiti Malaya on October 27th, 2022 and end with a workshop at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia on November 5th, 2022.