Many ASEAN universities have established the credit system generally at the undergraduate level to display students’ workload within universities. Credit system is also considered a factor that can facilitate and promote mobility of students and academic exchange among institutions and countries. However, it is obvious that there are different perceptions and steps taken in the credit system of ASEAN countries e.g. Brunei, Thailand and the Philippines, where credits systems are already in use; Malaysia’s effort to harmonise credit systems at the national level and Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam where credit systems have just been introduced.
As a result of globalization process, the world is more integrated and learning opportunity has been widely increasing. Students can easily acces to the knowledge and gain education advantage from around the world. In this case, the effective credit transfer system and its quality assurance will be an important factor to facilitate mobility and raise a number of exchange activities at in-country level, between ASEAN universities or beyond the region.
The most exensive mobility of student which appeared in ASEAN countries such as Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia were previously operating transfer through Memoranda of Agreement or bilateral arrangements. Also, the effort to establish an open ASEAN area of higher education has been taken and in this respect the establishment of credit transfer system seems to be important for both stakeholders in order to develop curriculum with a mutual standard and recognition.
For more information about AUN – ACTS and how to apply for the exchange program, please visit acts.ui.ac.id.