International Offices

Roles and Responsibilities

The  International Office at AeU  has an important role to play in facilitating the development of the vision, directions and strategies necessary to meet institutional objective of internationalization and fostering institutional collaborations among the AeU countries. The responsibilities include:

  • To oversee, manage and provide advice on internationalisation.
  • To provide support for academic quality assurance, internationalisation of curriculum development, accreditation and approval.
  • To review policy and provide strategic support for international matters including:
  1. The development and management of an Internationalisation Strategic and Operational Plan
  2. To oversee and review the implementation of academic and collaborative engagement of the University’s international programs
  3. To  monitor quality assurance on  educational collaboration with international partners
  4. To provide advice on proposals for programme development and the delivery of courses offshore


AeU is able to engage with a range of relevant and appropriate international partners to share knowledge, skills and educational opportunities to make higher education and life-long learning more accessible and affordable to people in Asia. To date,  International Office has recorded the following achievements:

  • Institutional collaborative agreements in 25 countries. These include the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Republic of India, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, People’s Republic of  Bangladesh, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri-Lanka, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kingdom of Thailand, Republic of the Philippines, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Singapore, Kingdom of Bahrain, Republic of Namibia, Somalia, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Republic of Kazakhstan, Maldives, Mauritius, Republic of Korea, Nigeria, Ghana, Demark and  New Zealand.
  • In  October 2012, AeU had enrolled 2100 international students (accounting 23% of student population) from 20 countries. Many of these students are pursing postgraduate studies at AeU.
  • Transfer of 43 Indonensian students from partner institution in Jakarta under a twinning programme to study full-time in AeU, Kuala Lumpur.
  • AeU has strived to become active members of various international organizations and associations.  AeU is now member to the following organizations:
  1. International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE)
  2. European Foundation for Quality E-Learning (EFQUEL)
  3. International Consortium for Teaching and Learning Centres (ICTLC)
  4. Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  5. Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU)

Academic Collaboration

There are different types of  international collaborative partnership arrangements which result in giving an award by the collaborative institutions.Awardis a general term covering all certificates, diplomas and degrees. It includes a whole award, dual awards or specified credit transfer toward an award, which is delivered and/or supported and/or assessed as part of collaborative engagement. The following are some recommended academic collaborative models:

  • A Dual award is a partnership arrangement under which AeU and one or more awarding institutions provide programmes leading to separate awards being granted by both/all partners. Dual degree programs therefore are created by using the complementary expertise and resources of the partner institution(s) in the design, delivery and assessment of students. Both parties must agree to accept each other’s assessment marking for the components of study undertaken at each institution.
  • Articulation is a partnership arrangement whereby provision delivered by a partner is formally recognised for the purposes of advanced standing towards an award. The advanced standing may be awarded through an accreditation of prior learning or experiential learning process or credit transfer. Articulation provides a pathway to facilitate the progression of students from one institution to another. Articulation may involve the recognition of a completed award of a partner institution through the transfer of specified credit to a more advanced level of award (for example, study undertaken in a completed undergraduate diploma at another institution is used as credit towards a bachelor level program). Although AeU is not responsible for the curriculum or course delivery and assessment in the partner institution’s award, AeU assures the quality of students by exercising control over the credit transfer arrangements and admission to its award.
  • Twinning programme refers to AeU programs or vice versa offered in conjunction with a partner institution in which students are enrolled to undertake specified studies at the other institution. The program can be completed partially or completely at partner’s institution. For example, for a 4 year degree programme, the students can choose the study option of ‘1+3’ or ‘2+2’ or ‘3+1’ or ‘4+0’ arrangement to indicate the period of 1, 2, 3 or 4 years of study at the partner’s institution. The students receive an award from the twinning institution. The specific courses undertaken at the other institution are normally offered and/or developed by AeU and both the partner institution and AeU are responsible for the delivery of teaching and learning. The awarding institution is responsible for quality assurance of the overall program, although the program is jointly administered by both parties. Students are normally enrolled as students of the awarding institution, although they may be concurrently enrolled as students of the partner institution.
  • Franchising/licensing is a partnership arrangement under which a partner is authorised or licensed to provide the whole or part of a programme of study designed by AeU or vice versa and leading to an award or award of credit of the University. Typically, a franchisee may provide some or all of the tuition and may use local teaching and administrative support staff. The Franchisee may be allowed to use the licensed learning materials to develop its new academic programme under its own award provided that the obligations and commitments as prescribed under the agreement are met. If the award is given by the AeU, AeU retains overall control of the programme’s content, delivery, assessment and quality assurance. Similarly, Aeu can become a Franchisee by licensing part or whole of a programme from partner’s institutions of higher learning.
  • Programme validation is the process whereby the University judges that a programme of study developed and delivered by partner’s institution or organisation is of an appropriate quality and standard to lead to an award of the University. The University will determine the extent to which it exercises direct control over the quality assurance aspects of the programme’s management.The validated programme may or may not be in a programme offered by AeU itself. The conferment of such an award is subject to prior agreement and the approval of AeU’s Senate.
  • Joint dual award PH.D Programmes by Research: This involves collaboration between AeU and partner’s institutions to enable students to register on a research degree at two separate institutions to encourage joint supervision across  partner’s  institutions.  The scheme of study may involve:
  1. The student being registered at either one of the institutes or both.
  2. The appointment of a primary supervisor to take overall responsibility for the academic programme
  3. The appointment of a local supervisor or mentor to provide pastoral care, arrange access to facilities and academic expertise if appropriate.
  4. An agreement for sharing of fees and responsibilities.
  5. Communication using audio- video teleconferencing and email.
  6. Using online delivery for any course modules if required as part of the graduation requirements.
  7. An agreement to allow flexibility in choosing the duration a student can spend at either institution.