Message from Executive

For more than a decade and a half, the AUN/SEED-Net project has made significant contribution to the development of human resource in ASEAN region. Our endeavor to promote higher education in the field of engineering has demonstrated the outstanding outcomes. Each member institution has been a great support for a long time to establish a region-wide system for advanced institution and research by ASEAN member institutions in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

Towards the beginning of Phase 4 in April 2018, AUN/SEED-Net has set Project’ objectives and put an emphasis on the future direction and the framework of Phase 4 during 2017. On the other hand, in terms of program implementation of Phase 3 in 2017, there was a remarkable achievement due to an effort and a contribution from all parties. Each program was implemented successfully and actively. These achievements have been proven by Graduate Degree Program, Collaborative Research Programs, Mobility and Networking Programs, and University-Industry Linkage.Our scholars, after their graduation, have greatly contributed to their country’s development in higher educational institutions and have been a key role in strengthening the linkage between universities and industries. Many of graduates have become faculty staff, who foster learning and promote education to the next generations of scholars in their home countries. Apart from producing human resource in academia, AUN/SEED-Net continuously encourages knowledge sharing and strengthening relationship network through various activities such as Regional Conference, Short-Term Research, Promotional Visits to ASEAN and Japan, and dispatch of Japanese Professors.

As 2017 marks the last year of Phase 3. From 2013 to 2017, AUN/SEED-Net have accomplished our goals. Almost five hundred scholarships were awarded to ASEAN students in Graduate Degree Program. More than one hundred Research funds were also awarded to faculty staff. The Regional Conferences in ten engineering field were organized as well as University-Industry Seminar. On the occasion of the 24th AUN/SEED-Net Steering Committee Meeting, held in October 2017, the accomplishment and the result from final evaluation were shared to our member institutions and all parties. We had fruitful discussion on the future direction and the new program in the upcoming Phase 4. The year of 2017 ended with the Signing Ceremony for the Project Phase 4 on 1 December 2017. This significant event was organized successfully, bringing member institutions, governments and counterparts together to sign the Cooperative Framework for Project Phase 4, which will be implemented from 2018 -2023. The event reiterated our long-time collaboration within our network and also represented the shared goal we have in common, to enhance the education in our region.

As one of the virtues to document our achievement, AUN/SEED-Net has continuously been strengthening ASEAN Engineering Journal. All parts of ASEAN Engineering Journal; Part A, Part B, and Part C have now been merged under the name ASEAN Engineering Journal with a new e-ISSN, and is indexed by both Thailand Citation Index (TCI) and ASEAN Citation Index (ACI). For the time being, we are relentlessly putting an effort to attain other internationally recognized index namely Scopus, which we are now in the final process of submitting the journal to the database in order to mark AEJ as one of the means contributing to knowledge sharing in the society.

Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our member institutions and all parties for their support which has led to the achievement of AUN/SEED-Net’s programs as well as building the strong professional network up to Phase 3. Your participation and contribution is invaluable. I believe that towards Phase 4, our network will continue to expand and our alumni will continue to devote their expertise to the development of region. We are heading for sustainable growth and prosperity in ASEAN region and Japan, which is our ultimate goal.

Prof. Dr. UEDA Tamon
Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director
AUN/SEED-Net
June 2018

Introduction

Due to the need for sustainable development after the economic downturn in ASEAN region in 1997, AUN/SEED-Net was officially established as a sub-network under the auspices of ASEAN University Network (AUN) in 2001 from leaders’ initiatives derived at earlier meetings related to ASEAN – Japan Summit.

Full operation of AUN/SEED-Net Project started in 2003 with main support from the Japanese Government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Member Institutions and Member Governments. The network of AUN/SEED-Net is composed of 26 Member Institutions from 10 ASEAN countries selected from leading institutions in engineering in respective countries. Project activities have been implemented by the Member Institutions and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with support from 14 leading Japanese Supporting Universities and JICA Project Office for AUN/SEED-Net.

Phase 1: March 2003-March 2008
Phase 2: March 2008-March 2013
Phase 3: March 2013-March 2018
Phase 4: March 2018-March 2023

Framework of Phase 4

The framework of Phase 4 drawing strategic direction of project implementation throughout the five-year time frame is as follows;

Purpose

The Project Purpose, which is expected to be achieved by the end of the project period, is “The network of AUN/SEED-Net among member countries is well maintained and expanded.”

Objective

  • To nurture internationally competitive personnel with multicultural awareness through academic cooperation among leading higher education institutions for engineering, in ASEAN and in Japan
  • To advance the education and research capacities of leading higher education institutions for engineering in the region through collaboration and solidarity between the institutions and industrial sectors in ASEAN and Japan.

Expected Output

  • Networks among Member Institutions, industry and community are strengthened.
  • Research and educational capacity of Member Institutions is enhanced through collaboration among Member Institutions/ Japanese Supporting Universities.
  • Joint research is promoted for solving regional common issues.
  • Academic network among Member Institutions /Japanese Supporting Universities is strengthened and expanded.

Operation Strategy

To achieve the Project Purpose and ensure the sustainability after the completion of the AUN/SEED-Net phase 4, AUN/SEED-Net will create a platform for human resource development in science and technology in this region by providing young academic staff and prospective academic staff with chances to study not only at MIs in the ASEAN region and/or JSUs but also at Non MIs in ASEAN and/or Japan.

For example, AUN/SEED-Net will take an initiative to foster the development of mobility programs (e.g., joint/double degree programs) by introducing the Collaborative Education Program in Phase 4, An interested MI may propose the introduction of a joint education program in partnership with other MIs, JSUs or even non-member universities in ASEAN and/or Japan to the Secretariat. AUN/SEED-Net will nominate and finance the program and the awarded institution will be fully responsible for the implementation of the program. Contributions from external organizations (e.g., industry) will be encouraged to make the program financially sustainable. It is expected that this program would help MIs’ initiate and conduct activities to directly respond to their specific needs and policies in a self-sustaining manner. This program would also help expand the academic networks developed by AUN/SEED-Net to non-member universities in the region and Japan.

In addition, one of the most important assets of AUN/SEED-Net are the academic networks developed by leading universities in the field of engineering in ASEAN and Japan. These networks were further strengthened through joint research work and graduate degree scholarship programs in Phase 3. In Phase 4, AUN/SEED-Net will further enhance the academic networks by (1) establishing alumni associations and/or groups and organizing alumni meetings and events, (2) creating a database on alumni members and AUN/SEED-Net researchers and (3) periodically publishing the ASEAN Engineering Journal (AEJ).