Message from Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director

Since 2001, JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net has been working towards the enhancement of human resource capacity in ASEAN. Outstanding outcomes are evidences of the great efforts from our stakeholders to promote engineering higher education and advance research capability. Throughout the three phases, all partners endeavored to provide support and participate in our activities to achieve the objectives of the project.

In Phase IV, we focus on strengthening network and promoting sustainability as stated in our motto “Plant the SEED of future. Grow ASEAN-Japan NETwork for sustainability.”  To achieve this goal, we implement the four main programs; Collaborative Education Program (CEP), Alumni Support Program (ASP), Regional Conference Program (RC), and ASEAN Engineering Journal (AEJ).

Collaborative Education Program (CEP) is a new program that aims to empower the Member Institutions to have more flexibility in managing their post graduate study with its tailored curriculum management for its own greatest benefits. In Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2018, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University (TU), Thailand was selected to be the first awarded CEP consortium to implement Double Degree PhD program. Their partners include Hokkaido University, Japan (HU), Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Cambodia (ITC), Thai Obayashi Corporation, Thailand, and Taiheyo Cement, Japan. The consortium successfully recruited two students from Cambodia and Indonesia as the first cohort.

Recognizing our alumni as a potential driving force of sustainable socio-economic development in the region, Alumni Support Program (ASP) is introduced to support alumni groups set by Member Institutions. The two ASP awardees in Japanese Fiscal Year (JFY) 2018 are Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and Institute of Technology Cambodia (ITC). Both awardees conducted many activities that strengthened and expanded the network. AUN/SEED-Net will continue to support our alumni for further collaboration and network expansion in the coming years.

Regional Conference Program (RC) is a platform to share the most updated technology and researches addressing regional common issues. It aims at maximizing the impacts and the expansion of the AUN/SEED-Net network by involving external participants such as representatives from the government, industry, community, institutions outside the network, and other professional organizations.

ASEAN Engineering Journal (AEJ) is intended to be an international platform for scholars, researchers, and students from all over the world, especially from ASEAN countries to publish new and innovative knowledge from academic research outcomes with any topic related to ASEAN region. AEJ also aims to improve research quality through review process as well as to develop strong academic society and network. AEJ is currently indexed by Thai Journal Citation Index Center (TCI) and ASEAN Citation Index (ACI). The journal is striving to become a truly recognized international journal as it is working closely with other international organizations and in the process of submitting the application to Scopus.

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our Member Institutions and all partners for their contribution to our project since Phase I. I believe that in 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 toward sustainable growth and network expansion in ASEAN and Japan.

Prof. Emeritus Dr. UEDA Tamon
Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director
AUN/SEED-Net, June 2019

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