On November 7-10, 2019, AUN/SEED-Net representatives attended the 1st GAICCE Alliance Meeting in Nagaoka, Japan.

The meeting achieved the objective to strengthen the academic-industry partnering network and escalate the research collaborations between academia and industry in ASEAN and Japan. Global Academia-Industry Consortium for Collaborative Education (GAICCE) was introduced in the 5th GTP Alliance Meeting to increase the number of double degree students, develop new double degree program among the consortium members, and to increase and encourage ASEAN student mobility through GAICCE activities.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Sirithan Jiemsirilers, Project Director of GAICCE, and consortium members reported the past 6 months to current progress of the program. The highlights of the session were the presentation by Ms. Nguyen Thi Thuy Ngan, a student from Master Double Degree Program with Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Nagaoka University of Technology, on “Natural Rubber Degradation” and Ms. Mili Purbaya, a student from Doctoral Double Degree Program with Chulalongkorn University and Nagaoka University of Technology on “Dual Crosslinking System for Enhancing the Mechanical Properties the Natural Rubber Latex.”

Professor Dr. Takaomi KOBAYASHI, Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) gave a presentation on GIGAKU Techno Park Project (GTP) on how the project can support GAICEE. The aspects included the Doctoral Double Degree Program (PhD-DDP) implementation, Global Internship from Chulalongkorn University (CU), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and Hanoi University of Science & Technology (HUST) students from various engineering fields, supported Guest Lecturer Exchange for alliance education, International Journals and Academia-Industry Collaborative Project Internship. Takasago Thermal Engineering Co., Ltd. and the new faces of industrial partner including Aikawa Iron Works, Biotech Japan Corporation and KAMEDA SEIKA CO., LTD attended the consortiums which the attendees were more than welcome to expand their networks.

AUN/SEED-Net was impressed to see that the overall progress from consortium members were able to deliver satisfying outcomes. In the future, it is highly anticipating to look forward to seeing the expansion of network with university-industry collaboration from the consortium members that can lead to strengthening the implementation of AUN/SEED-Net’s project.