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 IV in April 2018, AUN/SEED-Net has set Project’ objectives and put an emphasis on the future direction and the framework of Phase IV during 2017. On the other hand, in terms of program implementation of Phase III 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 III. 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 24th Steering Committee, 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 IV. The year of 2017 ended with the Signing Ceremony for the Project Phase IV 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 IV, 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 III. Your participation and contribution is invaluable. I believe that towards Phase IV, 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

 

Framework of Phase 3

The framework of Phase 3 drawing strategic direction of project implementation throughout the five-year time frame is as follows;

Vision

Southeast Asia and Japan are developed sustainably through development of innovative and highly skilled human resources in engineering field.

Missions

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

Project Purpose

Region-wide system for advanced research and education is established by Member Institutions in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

Expected Output

  • Linkage among Member Institutions, industries, and communities is strengthened.
  • System to conduct research activities addressing common regional issues is established.
  • Research and educational capacities of faculty staff of Member Institutions are enhanced.
  • Academic network among Member is strengthened.

Targeted Operation Strategy

To accomplish the missions, a consortium of graduate schools of engineering was established to produce graduates with higher degrees of international standard by utilizing human resources from leading Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities.

10 engineering fields have been identified and assigned to Member Institutions to serve as a focal point in hosting and providing graduate degree study in related fields. Host Institutions are responsible for managing activities of the Project including training young academic staff from other members in the fields with academic assistance from Japanese Supporting Universities.

AUN/SEED-Net provides integrated support of scholarships, grants for faculty development and network establishment. Our scholars receive a package of scholarship and research funding during study and after graduation. Academic exchanges and staff mobility are promoted through several programs to facilitate joint supervision of students and research collaboration.

In addition, AUN/SEED-Net provides financial support for Member Institutions to organize Regional Conference as a forum for academics, students and professionals to share and exchange knowledge as well as to further collaboration among related sectors.

Through these project activities, AUN/SEED-Net has contributed to enhancing capacity of Member Institutions as well as addressing regional common issues in all dimensions through research funding which extensively helps to promote science and technology in the region.