The framework of Phase IV drawing strategic direction of project implementation throughout the five-year time frame is as follows;
The purpose of the project, 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.”
To achieve the projects purpose and ensure the sustainability after the completion of the AUN/SEED-Net phase IV, 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 opportunities 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 IV, 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 will be encouraged to make the program financially sustainable. It is expected that this program would help MIs’ to initiate and conduct activities to directly respond to their specific needs and policies in a self-sustaining manner. This program would also help to 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 III. In Phase IV, 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).