Annual Report 2006/07
 

AUN/SEED-Net at a Glance

Establishment of AUN/SEED-Net 23 April 2001
Duration of Project 5 years (March 2003-March 2008)
Number of Member Institutions in ASEAN 19 universities in 10 countries
Number of Japanese Supporting Universities 11 universities in Japan
Number of Scholarships Awarded (as of March 2007) 346 (since 2001)
  Master's Degree Program 255 (since 2001)
  PhD Sandwich Program 50 (since 2003)
  PhD Program in Japan 38 (since 2002)
  PhD Program in Singapore 3 (since 2006)
Number of Graduates (as of March 2007) 131 (since 2001)
Sources of Fund Government of Japan through JICA and ASEAN Foundation
Total Annual Funding from Japanese Government Approximately USD 3 million
JICA Team for AUN/SEED-Net: Chief Advisor Prof. Dr. Kazuo TSUTSUMI
AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Krisada Visavateeranon
 

Message from JICA Headquarters

Since March 2003, the AUN/SEED-Net has made remarkable progress and achievement by the great effort of all related people. An effective network among universities in ASEAN, which did not exist at the time, has been built from the scratch, as well as stronger ties with universities in Japan.

The AUN/SEED-Net is a very creative and epoch-making framework on the point that it systematically combines scholarship program (among ASEAN countries and to Japan) with diverse programs, such as Collaborative Researches, Field Wise Seminars, short term visits among universities in ASEAN and to Japanese universities, and others, in order to strengthen the network among the universities, as well as their educational and research capacities.

We have been seeing tremendous degree of achievement to the present. The Member Institutions felt their educational and research capacity has been enhanced as a result of the various programs of the Project. More than 350 faculty staff or faculty-to-be have been provided with scholarships to acquire master’s or PhD degree in ASEAN or in Japan. This means approximately 10 % of the higher degree holders in the Member Institutions will be “the AUN/SEED-Net Alumni”. The human and organizational network, which has been built through this scholarship program and other collaborative programs, has forged a basis for jointly addressing issues common to the region, as well as for jointly developing capable engineering human resources within the region.

I would like to appreciate the great contribution from all related individuals and organizations. All these achievements have not been possible without vigorous participation and support of the Member Institutions as well as Governments of the Member Countries, and cooperation of Japanese universities.

Further strengthened, the AUN/SEED-Net Project can be culminated into a form of a sustainable framework for human resource development in engineering field in ASEAN region. The network of the AUN/SEED-Net could also constitute a tangible step stone for the integration of ASEAN countries by giving strong human network and solid basis for regional cooperation in the future. There still remains considerable room for further advancement, but bearing these ultimate goals in our mind, I hope all stakeholders join forces and make steady progress toward the future.

Mr. KIKUCHI Fumio
Director General
Human Development Department
Japan International Cooperation Agency

 

Message from AUN Secretariat

In capacity of the Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network, it gives me a great honor to have taken part as the Steering Committee of the AUN/SEED-Net, which is one of the most successful AUN sub-networks for cooperation between ASEAN and Japan. The AUN/SEED-Net has become dynamic engine for higher education institutions with the aim to promote human resources development and student mobility in engineering field in ASEAN countries. It has produced promising results and impacts, which signifies the great potential of the AUN/SEED-Net and longstanding commitment by the stakeholders both in ASEAN and Japan.

As agreed at the 12th Steering Committee Meeting of the AUN/SEED-Net in Singapore, Member Institutions admired the spirit of the network and supported the Project’s continuation to perpetually benefit the development for the whole region. They fully believed that the Second Phase will continue developing human resources in engineering field towards a framework for sustainable societies in ASEAN region. It was also agreed that some existing activities should be continued while new programs should be designed to serve the project objectives of the next phase, namely Member Institutions’ capacity enhancements, contribution to industry and community through interdisciplinary collaborative research, further strengthening of the engineering network, and move towards “ASEAN-Japan Partnership Universities of Technology”. I am confident that with these new strategies, the AUN/SEED-Net will certainly earn greater awareness and thereby achieve further milestones in its journey towards excellence in the engineering education.

Deriving from the Final Evaluation of the First Phase of the AUN/SEED-Net, the result has been evident that the Second Phase of the AUN/SEED-Net matches well the needs of all Member Institutions as well as the policies of each respective government. I congratulate the AUN/SEED-Net for sustaining our necessary human resources development and solving common problems in our region. I also thank to the Japanese Member Institutions for their incorporating in the framework for assuring gateway to advanced and cutting edge technologies of Japanese universities. It should be also noted that the contribution of this framework has been actualized the envisioned ASEAN community by the year 2015.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Piniti Ratananukul
AUN Executive Director

 

Message from AUN/SEED-Net Chief Advisor

After all these six years since our first step of the preparatory stage for this AUN/SEED-Net Project, I have been witnessing the dynamic growth of the Project both in terms of number of academics participating in the Project and in terms of great contribution from each of them to our Project activities.

The satisfactory result of mid-term evaluation conducted by JICA in late 2005 proved that we had been on the right track towards our goal to improve qualifications of academic staff, to enhance graduate programs of Member Institutions, and to strengthen human network in engineering field in ASEAN. At the same time, through the constructive discussions at the Steering Committee Meetings as well as other occasions such as monitoring trips and Field-wise Seminars, I have been witnessing tremendous efforts by all parties concerned to improve and maximize the benefit of Project activities. All these devotions as well as contributions have led us to where we are standing at today.

As a result of tremendous efforts as well as cooperative spirit of all the parties concerned so far, in the year 2006 we had a large cumulative number of graduates which are considered a very important resource for the region. The Project recognized the importance of further efforts needed to draw involvement of these alumni members into Project activities. We also started to draw involvement of not only AUN/SEED-Netís alumni members, but also students under the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan, and the Graduate Programs in Singapore, which are more of stand-alone programs, to Field-wise Seminars as the first step. We do hope for broader expansion of activities for them in the future.

At the same time, the year 2006 was the year in which additional quotas for several support programs especially visit and dispatch programs were widely provided so as to strengthen the relationship within the network. All these efforts are expected to contribute to the provision of a solid basis for broader and stronger network in the future.

The year 2007 is the final implementation year of the AUN/SEED-Net Project. I believe all of us wish to see the continued growth of this ďseedĒ even beyond the end of the Project period in March 2008. I hope we can still witness the spirit of unity which has led us all the way to the success today, and will also lead us towards the ultimate goal of ASEAN solidarity and mutual prosperity.

Prof. Dr. TSUTSUMI Kazuo
AUN/SEED-Net Chief Advisor

 

Message from AUN/SEED-Net Executive Director

It has been almost two years that I have taken the position of Executive Director of the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat. During these years, I have seen the Network growing steadily with fruitful outputs. Academic and research capacities of our Member Institutions have been upgraded to significant extent through graduate degree programs, collaborative research and support programs, and exchanges of resources and partnership with Japanese Supporting Universities. This can be obviously seen in many Member Institutions.

In FY 2006 we have seen more fruits from the AUN/SEED-Net Project. Fifty-three Master’s and four PhD in Japan graduates returned to their home institutions mostly to work as faculty staff. At the end of the year, we saw the first group of PhD Sandwich graduates completing their study. Their graduations can be marked as one success story for the challenging PhD Sandwich program and for the AUN/SEED-Net Project. In addition, a hundred of collaborative research projects and other support programs have been going on smoothly as planned. In this year we also extended special support of collaborative research fund to Gadjah Mada University, to work on countermeasures and recovery actions in response to the destructive earthquake in Central Java in May 2006.

Due to the fact that the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net will come to an end in March 2008, we have made strong efforts to prepare for the Project continuation and the Final Evaluation of the current phase throughout FY2006. For the Project continuation, the Field Strategy Meeting was arranged so that the nine engineering fields could jointly formulate comprehensive strategies for the next phase, built on achievements of the current phase. The plan of the second phase was drafted with suggestions from all stakeholders and was approved by the Steering Committee at the 12th Steering Committee Meeting in January 2007. In the mean time, we traveled to the member countries to explain the plan of the next phase and procedures of official request submission. Finally, the official requests and proposals for the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project were respectively submitted to the Japanese government through JICA and to ASEAN Secretariat as well as ASEAN Foundation for continued supports.

In early next fiscal year, the Final Evaluation of the current phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project will be conducted by JICA. This is a regular practice to evaluate effectiveness of the project and to analyze impacts as well as issues arising from the project implementation. Hence, the future of the AUN/SEED-Net Project rides on the results of the evaluation. Based on feedbacks and expectations from the Member Institutions as well as their governments, however, we believe that the Final Evaluation would disclose positive impacts of the Project and support the requests for the second phase made by the members.

Nevertheless, the issue of the Network’s sustainability is still of high concern for us. We have discussed for several times how to sustain the network regardless of JICA support, and it is agreed that more contributions from all stakeholders and strong sense of ownership of the network are requisite. Thus, many Member Institutions and their governments have agreed to inject more contributions to the Project in the next phase in terms of, for examples, tuition fees and travelling costs to AUN/SEED-Net students and supports for some activities of the Project. These kind contributions present the ownership spirits of the stakeholders, which I hope will become stronger; and they are the initial steps towards the Network’s sustainability.

As my service term in the capacity of Executive Director is going to end, I would like to take this opportunity to convey my sincere gratitude to the Member Institutions, the Member Countries, the Japanese Government and JICA, Japanese Supporting University Consortium, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, AUN, and other concerning authorities for their continuous supports to the AUN/SEED-Net Network and to my duties during these two years. I would like also to acknowledge valuable advice and kind support from the Chief Advisor Prof. Dr. Tsutsumi and the Academic Advisor Dr. Tsunoda, supportive help from the Assistant Executive Director Asst. Prof. Dr. Tirawat, and last but not least, great back-up from the industrious team of Japanese Program Coordinators, Program Officers, and Secretaries. Without them I am sure my work would have been disordered. Finally, I hope that these wonderful supports will be extended to the new Executive Director.

Again, I wish to stress that the success of AUN/SEED-Net is in the hands of all stakeholders. If we nourish and fertilize this small seed further with our hearts, I am certain that the seed will grow up to be a big tree which the ASEAN community can rely on.

Assoc. Prof. Krisada Visavateeranon
AUN/SEED-Net Executive Director

 

Background

For sustainable industrial development of ASEAN, the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) Project was established as an autonomous sub-network of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) in April 2001 from the initiatives of former Japanese Prime Ministers H.E. Mr. Hashimoto and Mr. Obuchi at the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting in 1997 and the ASEAN-Plus-Three Summit Meeting in 1999 respectively. The Project has been operated fully since 2003 with the aim at promoting human resources development in engineering in ASEAN, through the establishment of the network of 19 leading institutions from 10 ASEAN countries with the support of 11 leading Japanese Supporting Universities.

AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and partially supported by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities are implemented by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with the support of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, now based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Project Objectives

With a view to effectively utilising regionally available human resources for upgrading higher engineering education as a whole, AUN/SEED-Net seeks to activate internationally competitive personnel in leading engineering educational institutions in the region for advancing academic cooperation on an equal footing and for providing educational and technical assistance to less advanced engineering institutions and to promote collaboration and solidarity between academics and professionals in the region through the cross-border and region-wise development of engineering education and research capabilities, corresponding to the founding principles of AUN.

Missions

  • Upgrading faculty qualification through acquisition of graduate degrees
  • Enhancement of host graduate programs
  • Promoting joint activities and strengthening human linkage among Member Institutions

Strategy & Concept Structure

To realize the goal, a consortium of graduate schools of engineering has been established to produce graduates with higher degrees of international standard by utilizing leading human resources from Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities. Nine engineering fields have been identified and assigned to the nine Member Institution to act as the “regional hub” of each field in principle.

The Host Institution is responsible for training young graduates and teaching staff from other Member Institutions to acquire master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in a Sandwich Program with Japanese Supporting Universities. The Japanese Supporting Universities, headed by Field Coordinating University of each field, assist Host Institutions in “joint thesis research supervision” of AUN/SEED-Net students to upgrade the quality of research through the Collaborative Research Program and the Japanese Professors Dispatch Program. Others supporting programs are provided for academic excellence and networking, e.g. Short-Term Visit/Study Program in Japan, Short-Term Visit Program to Japan/within Member Institutions, Field-wise Seminars.

The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the table of host fields with host institutions and field coordinating universities are shown below.

Concept Structure of AUN/SEED-Net Project Activities

Nine Engineering Fields & Respective Host Institutions

Chemical Engineering (ChE)
Environmental Engineering (EnvE)

DLSU
UP

Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokyo Institute of Technology

Manufacturing Engineering (ManuE)
Materials Engineering (MatE)

UM
USM

Keio University
Toyohashi University of Technology

Civil Engineering (CE)
Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

CU
CU
KMITL

Hokkaido University
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tokai University

Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (ME/AE)
Geological Engineering (GeoE)

ITB(INA)

UGM

Toyohashi University of Technology
Kyushu University

(The two Singaporean Member Institutions, namely NTU and NUS, may host every engineering field.)

 

Master's Degree Program

In year 2006, the Master’s Degree Program celebrated the fourth batch of 53 graduates. Besides, a few students extended their study and would certainly complete their study in year 2007. Among the 53 master’s graduates, 14 were awarded to further study in doctoral level. Eight were under Doctoral Degree Program in Japan and 6 belonged to Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program.

After the announcement in October 2005 for the JFY 2006 Program, 201 applications were received from 153 candidates of 12 MIs. HUT, ITC and NUOL were top three MIs who sent the largest number of applicants and applications. Breakdown number of the applicants and applications is illustrated in Chart 1.

Chart 1: Master’s Degree Program - Number of Applications and Scholarships by Sending Institution in JFY2006

 

Chart 2 shows that the applications were submitted to all HIs. Fifty-seven candidates were awarded but 6 of those declined the scholarship offer due to family problem (2), working contract (3) and getting other scholarship (1). As a result, there remained 51 scholars for JFY2006. For NTU, out of 10 candidates, only one was awarded because of late screening result. Some candidates selected by NTU were already awarded to other HIs before the result was known. Other HIs evenly accepted 5 students.

Chart 2: Master’s Degree Program - Number of Applications and Scholarships by Host Institution in JFY2006

By the end of application period for Master’s Program JFY 2007 in February 2007, 194 applications were delivered from 10 SIs. Around 67% of the applications belong to the MIs from CLMV countries. UGM and ITB (Indonesia) endorsed about 26% of the applications. Chart 3 shows the number of applications received from each MI.

Chart 3: Master’s Degree Program - Number of Applicants and Applications by Sending Institution in JFY2007

 

Short Message from AUN/SEED-Net Master's Student

Before I joined the Masterís Program, I expected a study in a rich learning environment of leading ASEAN universities where I could gain expertise in a particular area of study as well as expand my knowledge of that disciplinary field by discovering and pursuing a unique topic of scholarly inquiry and research. These expectations were well met when I really got the opportunity to pursue Masterís degree at National University of Singapore (NUS).

Since the very first days at NUS, I have dedicated my time primarily to accomplish the study. Now my ultimate target is not the Masterís degree anymore. A few months before I complete the Masterís study, my candidature has been upgraded to PhD Program since February 2007 after I passed the qualifying examination. Itís another invaluable opportunity for me to leap from Masterís level to PhD level.

Even though there are two tough years to go, I have to study harder and keep in mind the proverb "When there is a will, there is a way". Looking ahead to after graduation, I would like to apply the knowledge, acquired from my study, across a wide range of disciplines for the benefits of ASEAN region.

Last but not least, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to AUN/SEED-Net for giving me this unique opportunity to pursue higher degree which will pave way to brighter career and better life.

From Mr. Deny Hartono, the first Masterís scholar upgraded to PhD program at NUS, now studying in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering since JFY2005

 

Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program

The six first-batch Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program students were expected to graduate in this fiscal year. Five requested for extension of scholarship while one requested for postponement of return date. Thus, they carried on their study and would graduate in JFY 2007.

In JFY2006, there were 43 individuals applied for this program or about 30% increase compared to JFY2005 (33). The applications were received from 11 SIs but none from BUU, CU, DLSU and UM. Chart 4 illustrates the distribution of scholarships in comparison with the number of applications.

Chart 4: Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program - Overview of the Program in JFY2006 by Sending Institution

Looking at hosting side, there were applications to all institutions in this fiscal year. The most popular were DLSU (12), CU/EEE (10), and UM (6). Although quota for each HI was two, only one qualified candidate was accepted by KMITL, UGM and UP. Three remaining slots were then allocated to other HIs in order to fulfill all 18 slots. Besides the ordinary 18 quotas, there was one carry-over slot from JFY2005 to CU/EEE. Details are shown in Chart 5.

Chart 5: Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program - Overview of the Program in JFY2006 by Host Institution

The number of scholars, however, decreased to 18 because one awarded candidate from YTU to DLSU could not commence the study within JFY 2006 due to failure to obtain an official permission from her government. Among 18, 10 (55%) were AUN/SEED-Net master’s graduates: two each to CU/EEE, DLSU, ITB and UM while one each to KMITL and USM.

In summary, 50 scholarships were granted over the four years of implementation as shown in the Chart 6.

Chart 6 : Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program - Total Number of Scholarships

The eligible students for Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program’s Short-term Study in Japan in JFY 2006 were 18, including five carry-over cases from JFY2005. Seventeen successfully made the short-term study in Japan; while one student at CU/EEE did not make it due to disapproval from the government. The period of study in Japan ranged between 3 and 12 months with start date between May 2006 and March 2007. Chart 7 illustrates the number of the students who made the short-term study in Japan from each field.

Chart 7: Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program - Number of Students Making Short-term Study in Japan in JFY2006


The number of applicants to this program in JFY2007 dropped dramatically from 43 to 26. The main possible reason of the decrease could be because in JFY 2007 there were more alternatives of scholarship programs and larger number of quotas were offered both to Doctoral Degree Program in Japan (increased to 18 slots) and to Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore (increased from 3 to 20). MIs from CLMV countries remained the big senders of candicates as illustrated in Chart 8.

Chart 8: Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program - Number of Applicants and Applications in JFY2007

 

Short Message from AUN/SEED-Net Doctoral Sandwich Graduate

After completing masterís study at King Mongkutís Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in FY2003, I received a scholarship from AUN/SEED-Net again to furthur study there in the same field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) under Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program and I would graduate in May 2007.

My expectation of the Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program before studying was to obtain knowledge of new method on thesis research. However, the actual experience of the program was far beyond my expectation. I felt deeply grateful for my advisor, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kraisin Songwatana (KMITL), and co-advisor, Prof. Dr. Yoshikazu Miyanaga Hokkaido University), who dedicated themselves to support me throughout my study until it was completed successfully.

It was an invaluable chance for me to study both in Thailand and Japan. My research skill as well as experience was improved extensively through joint research and my view was opened wider. I recognized the larger demand of technology knowledge as well as the increasing usage of advanced technology in the region and beyond. Laos is on the similar track. Appropriate technologies that suit the countryís needs have to be researched and developed. As a result, engineers and researchers in relevant fields are in greater demand. University, a major institution for technology development as well as human resource development, has to respond dynamically to such needs. With my upgraded knowledge and research skill after completed my PhD study, I am utilizing them in my current work to produce research papers and qualified engineering graduates.

For the juniors studying in this program, the duration of the scholarship program is rather short so identification of the thesis topic is very important. My suggestion from my personal experience is that the research topic should be an extension or top-up of the masterís thesis. Besides, conducting research in group in the same field is very useful because it will allow idea or findings sharing as well as quick problem solution.

AUN/SEED-Net is a very useful project which greatly contributes to human resource development and university staff capacity enhancement. I wish to express my gratitude towards the project for giving me the opportunities to obtain higher degrees which enable me to contribute more to my university and country.

From Dr. Kham Khanthavivone, Doctoral Degree Sandwich graduate from King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, now working as a lecturer of Electrical Engineering at National University of Laos

 

Promotional Trip

Through the Promotional Trip Program, HIs visited MIs to promote their graduate programs and Collaborative Research activities as well as recruit prospective outstanding candidates to study at their institutions. In JFY 2006, 32 promotional trips were made by the HIs of the nine fields to visit 12 MIs. On average, one to four universities were visited in a trip. After continuous implementation of this supporting program, it gradually proved the true benefits considering the quality of students in the latter years of the project based on the fact that termination and extension rate dropped year by year.

 

Doctoral Degree Program in Japan

The Doctoral Degree Program in Japan provides full support for AUN/SEED-Net master’s graduates or faculty staff of MIs to pursue doctoral study in Japan for three years, with annual quota of 9 scholarships. For the JFY 2006, the Project was able to allocate four additional slots which made the total of 13 scholarship awards. The four additional slots were allocated to the fields of Materials Engineering, Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering, and Electrical Engineering according to their larger number of applications. See Chart 9 and Chart 10.

Chart 9: Doctoral Degree Program in Japan - Applicants and Scholarships in JFY2006 by Sending Institution

Chart 10: Doctoral Degree Program in Japan - Scholarships in JFY2006 by Sending Institution and Field of Study

In July 2006, the Project announced the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan 2007 and received 44 applications, the majority of which were from Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Cambodia. Later in the same year, the Project succeeded in the negotiation with JICA for the increase of scholarship quotas for the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan for JFY 2007 from 9 to 18, which allowed wider participation both from AUN/SEED-Net master’s graduates and staffs of the MIs.

 

Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore

After the Implementation Guideline was approved by all concerned parties, the first announcement of Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore was made in May 2006, with deadline on May 31, 2006. The program offered four-year scholarship to study PhD at NUS. Basically, three slots were allocated per year but more slots could be given subject to availability of fund and qualifications of applicants.

Though application period was rather short, 21 applications were received from seven SIs. The screening result was announced in late 2006 with four successful candidates as shown in Chart 11. Two from UGM and one from DLSU accepted the scholarships while one from HCMUT declined it due to family problem.

Chart 11: Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore - Overview of the Program in JFY2006

Two students (UGM and DLSU) studied in the field of Manufacturing Engineering and the other one (UGM) studied Mechanical/Aeronautical Engineering. Commencing the study in the second semester, January 2007, all scholars were expected to complete their study in January 2011.

For JFY2007, the program was announced in October 2006 offering doctoral degree scholarships (research-based) to NTU and NUS with up to 10 scholarships per year per HI. Twenty-eight applications were endorsed by nine SIs for this program: 19 applications to NTU and 9 to NUS. Breakdown number of the applications by SI is shown in Chart 12.

Chart 12: Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore - Number of Applications in JFY2007


 

Collaborative Research Program

This key support program aims to assist AUN/SEED-Net students to produce theses with international standards by providing academic input from JSUs as well as financial support for research activities to the research led by advisors at HIs. Financial support for Collaborative Research (CR) includes personnel costs, travel expenses, experiments, equipments, consumables, reference books, participation in seminars, and etc.

For the JFY 2006, 117 CR projects with involvement of 112 master’s and 38 doctoral students of AUN/SEED-Net were supported with the total amount of more than US$ 580,000. A list of these CR projects is provided below.

Since JFY2003 when the program started, the total budget of US$ 1,550,642 has been injected to support 170 CR projects which involved 175 master’s and 39 doctoral students.

As the research works under AUN/SEED-Net’s support are supposed to truly answer the needs of the ASEAN region, non-Hosting Institutions are encouraged to participate in this CR Program. Chart 13 shows the involvement of non-Hosting Institutions in CR projects in each field.

Chart 13: Involvement of Non-Host Institutions in Collaborative Research Projects by Field

 

Japanese Professors Dispatch and Short-Term Visit to Japan

With the aim to facilitate communication between MIs and JSUs for better enhancement of research collaboration and joint supervision of AUN/SEED-Net students, the Project also provided supports for the trips of Japanese professors to visit MIs and vice versa.

For JFY 2006, four additional quotas were approved by JICA to both programs, which made the total maximum quotas of 14 and 10 visits per field for Japanese Professor Dispatch Program and Short-term Visit Program to Japan respectively.

In JFY2006, the Project supported the trips of 53 Japanese professors to HIs and 35 to non-hosting MIs including those
participating in Field-wise Seminars.

For the Short-term Visit Program to Japan, the Project encouraged the participation of non-hosting MIs by allocating the minimum quota of three staffs per field to visit JSUs. As a result, 57 staffs of HIs and 20 staffs of non-hosting MIs were sent to Japan under this program.

 

Short-Term Visit within Member Institutions

The Short-term Visit Program within Member Institutions provides support for staffs of non-hosting MIs to visit HIs for a maximum period of one month. This program aims to encourage staffs of non-hosting MIs to be continuously involved in collaborative research with HIs, as well as to promote an intimate human networking among the MIs.

In JFY2006, there were in total 16 trips from non-hosting MIs to HIs supported under this program. Comparing to nine trips in JFY2005, more active communication and collaboration between HIs and non-HIs could be observed this year. However, the Project still needs to challenge more in the next fiscal year to maximize the benefits of the program.

 

Field-Wise Seminar

Field-wise Seminar is another important activity of the AUN/SEED-Net Project as it provides a venue for academics from all MIs in the same area to share research experiences, and to discuss collaborative activities as well as future direction of each engineering community. The Field-wise Seminar for each field is organized twice a year: once at HI and the other at non-HI. When organized at HIs, AUN/SEED-Net students are required to present their research progress, which can be a very good chance for students to practice and improve presentation skill for other conferences or seminars in international level. And when it is organized at non-HIs, AUN/SEED-Net alumni will be required to present their continued research or other network activities.

For JFY 2006, additional budget for participation of AUN/SEED-Net alumni, AUN/SEED-Net students under the PhD Program in Japan, and AUN/SEED-Net students in Singaporean universities (NTU and NUS) in Field-wise Seminars were allocated so as to strengthen the Network which would also contribute to future sustainability of the community. Table 3 shows summary information of 18 Field-wise Seminars in JFY2006, with participation of 62 Japanese professors, 260 faculty staffs of MIs overseas, 13 alumni members, 5 PhD in Japan students, and 2 students from Singapore.

Apart from its regular functions, the Field-wise Seminar in the field of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in October 2006 was organized in conjunction with the Third Chulalongkorn University - Hokkaido University Workshop in Information and Technology (CHUITC) 2006, which assisted in widening the Network. Moreover, all Field-wise Seminars in JFY2006 were also used as the place for each engineering community to discuss the direction and proper strategies towards the end of the Project’s Phase I in March 2008.

 

Orientation and Monitoring

Orientation

Aimed at better understanding on implementation, expectation and commitment of AUN/SEED-Net scholarship among scholars, orientations were held for newcomers. At orientation, new scholars learned rules and regulations while getting to know AUN/SEED-Net staff in-charge as well as the current students at the same HI.

Playing a very important role towards scholars, advisors are also invited to participate in orientation to be equipped with deepened knowledge of Project’s activities which they can make use of for research capacity enhancement of their own and the scholars.

Regularly, orientations were made twice at CU and KMITL and once at other HIs. In JFY2006, second orientation was arranged at NUS for the first-batch PhD students in Singapore.

Monitoring

AUN/SEED-Net implemented Monitoring as a key means towards students’ quality assurance. Progress Report was one monitoring tool. Students were requested to submit the report to the Secretariat twice a year at semester’s end. Through the reports, students’ progress and challenges were learned and addressed appropriately.

The summary from students’ Progress Reports was used as base information for monitoring visit at HI. Common issues were raised and discussed with the management, advisors and relevant staff. In return, opinions and facts from faculty side were obtained. In JFY2006, monitoring visits were made to all 10 HIs.

The overview of the Master’s Degree Program since 2001 is shown in Chart 14. By the end of JFY2006, 255 scholarships were granted. Out of 255, 126 graduated, 115 were studying while four were suspended and 10 were terminated. Personal or health problems and weak academic background were main causes of suspension and termination.

Chart 14: Overview of Master’s Students during JFY 2001-2006 by Year of Intake

The expected number of graduates in JFY2006 was 58 (out of 60 scholars of 2004 intake). Fifty-three of them successfully completed their study within scholarship period (91%), while five students requested extension after their scholarship end date (14%). Three of them were later suspended due to failure to complete study within the extended period while the other two continued study in JFY2007. Chart 15 shows the number of graduates in each fiscal year.

Chart 15: Number of Master’s Graduates by Fiscal Year

Looking into the reasons of the five extension cases, four students needed more time to complete research and thesis while one suffered from health problem which was the main cause of her study delay. Compared to JFY2005, extension rate dropped from 11% to 8%. However, among the five extension cases, the scholarships for three of them were later suspended for failure to complete study within the extension period.

Chart 16 shows that there were 91 awardees under Doctoral Degree Programs between JFY2002 and 2006: 38 to Doctoral Degree Program in Japan, 50 to Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program and three to Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore. By JFY2006, only Doctoral Degree Program in Japan had graduates. Five students (three of JFY2002 and two of JFY2003) completed their study as illustrates in Chart 17.

Chart 16: Number of Doctoral Degree Programs Scholarships JFY2002 - 2006

Chart 17: Status of Students under Doctoral Degree Program in Japan

The six first-batch Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program students were expected to graduate in this fiscal year. With extension of scholarship (5) or postponement of return date (1), they carried on their study in JFY2007. Three (CU/EEE, KMITL and UGM) of them graduated in April and May 2007 and one (KMITL) would graduate shortly while the other two (CU/CE and CU/EEE) completed their study and returned to home countries to wait for journal publication acceptance. Additionally, one second-batch student (JFY2005) successfully graduated from UP in April 2007 taking less than three-year study.

Publication is used as another means for students’ monitoring. In November 2006, updated information on publications was collected. The number of research papers published is 222. 148 papers belonged to master’s students while 74 papers were produced by PhD students both in Japan and in ASEAN countries.

Around 9% of the published papers were in journals and the rest, 91%, in proceedings. Compared to the number of publications in journals reported in the Annual Report 2005/06 of 36, the number in JFY2006 decreased to 21. List of the papers published in journals is shown below.

The extra 15 papers reported as journals were actually proceedings. This resulted from an error of the webpage through which students used to report their publication details in 2005. A number of proceedings were reported incorrectly as journal papers. Consequently, the webpage was not used again in 2006 for publication collection. Chart 18 shows publications of each type.

Chart 19 illustrates the breakdown information on the publications categorized by Field of study. ManuE, ICT and MatE were top three fields with highest number of publications of 42, 41 and 32, respectively.

The collection of publication information is scheduled twice a year in June and November each year.

Chart 18: Publications by Type Chart 19: Publications by Field of Study
 

Alumni Network

By the end of JFY 2006, the number of alumni has reached 131 as in Chart 20. Five of them are graduates from Doctoral Degree Program in Japan while the rest are Master’s graduates. Out of 126 Master’s graduates, 37 were awarded by AUN/SEED-Net to pursue doctoral degree in ASEAN countries and in Japan while 6 graduates won other scholarships to further study in doctoral level. Around 58% of the graduates returned to their home country and worked in educational area (including university employee).

Chart 20: Number of Graduates

By year 2011 when the last batch of scholars of the initial phase completes their study, the project expects to have 399 alumni in the network as shown in Chart 21.

Chart 21: Projection of Alumni

As the number of alumni increased year by year, more active activities were necessary to maintain the linkage among themselves as well as the academics in the ASEAN
region in addition to the current web-based activities. One new activity was implemented starting this year, namely one quota for alumni to attend Field-wise Seminar.

Normally, alumni participated in field-wise seminars (FWS) held in their home countries. From this year on, with the special quota allocated for alumni, they would be supported to attend FWS of their respective fields organized at other MIs on rotation basis. Since May 2006, there were 13 alumni using their quota with the majority from NUOL (4).

Furthermore, alumni were encouraged to get involved in organizing a FWS when it is held at their institution. By far, a few alumni started to help organize FWS. This activity also aimed at network-strengthening.

 

Public Relations

JFY2006 is the year of new public relations initiatives for the Project. Apart from habitual means like web site, news releases, newsletters and publications, the Secretariat initiated a number of new public relations materials such as CDs, posters, and souvenirs. Project Overview CDs introducing the Project’s background and activities were produced and forwarded to the MIs for promotional use. A3-sized posters, containing information about the AUN/SEED-Net Project and Graduate Programs, were printed for student recruitment and project promotion. They have been distributed to all MIs during promotional trips by Host Institutions as well as during visits by the Secretariat. And to increase the Project recognition, the Secretariat created several premium souvenirs bearing the AUN/SEED-Net logo for distribution on several occasions e.g. meetings and seminars. These souvenirs include multipurpose pens designed for advisors, co-advisors, and high-ranking officers of MIs and other agencies; colorful ball pens for all involved in the AUN/SEED-Net Network and the public; and polo-shirts for AUN/SEED-Net students and graduates especially to promote the Project’s awareness and team spirit.

The AUN/SEED-Net website has become more popular in JFY2006 with 25,910 visitors and about 31,000 pages viewed, compared to 15,926 visitors and around 27,000 pages viewed in JFY2005. Most viewed pages are home page, scholarship, and master’s degree program. Some visitors entered directly from the URL (www.seed-net.org) of the web site while many accessed the web site from other links. Interestingly, it is found that in this year most visitors came from the links on MIs’ web pages whereas in JFY2005 the visitors were from the links provided by search engines. This indicates a significant impact of the MIs’ cooperation in public relations activities on the Project recognition.

The Secretariat disseminated three press releases to all stakeholders as well as the media to publicize the Network’s important activities on their channels such as web sites, newsletters, newspapers, and etc. Moreover, the AUN/SEED-Net Project attracted a number of mass media who were keen on academic networking and cooperation projects between ASEAN and Japan. Five special articles on the AUN/SEED-Net Project were published in prominent Japanese newspapers and journals, showing the Japanese journalists’ enthusiasm for the Project’s missions and challenges. Some collaborative researches interested other organizations and were broadcasted to outsiders. For example, the research on “Anaerobic and Aerobic Treatment of Food Processing Wastewater Using Discarded Solid Waste” by Ms. Nguyen Thi Du (HUT), AUN/SEED-Net Master’s student under joint supervision of Prof. Dr. Wilfredo I. Jose (UP) and Prof. Dr. Makoto SHODA (TIT), was publicized by the Asian Development Bank as an remarkable water action in the Philippines. In total, there were 31 exposures of AUN/SEED-Net-related news in JFY2006.

In this fiscal year, the Secretariat published Annual Report 2005/06, Minutes of the 11th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2006 Annual Meeting, as well as Minutes of the 12th Steering Committee Meeting. Four newsletters, combined together into Volume 2, were issued quarterly to enhance the network bond and to publicize the Network’s activities, information about the MIs and field-wise movements, along with students and alumni achievements. In addition to regular publications, the Secretariat modified the Project’s brochures with more graphics and details about core programs and support programs, so as to let readers know more about the Project.

Besides, on July 20, 2006 AUN/SEED-Net team as a sub-network of AUN participated in the World University Presidents Summit to promote the Project to many hundreds of attendants from educational institutions and education-related NGOs around the world.

 

Sustainability

In this fiscal year, the AUN/SEED-Net Project received extensive supports from MIs and governments of the member countries. Inspired by NUS’s initiative to offer direct PhD scholarships to AUN/SEED-Net applicants, NTU would also grant a maximum of 10 direct PhD scholarships per year to successful applicants from AUN/SEED-Net. Combined with increased scholarships from NUS, the Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore for JFY2007 and beyond will offer as many as 20 scholarships per year to outstanding applicants with at least bachelor degrees.

With supports from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the member countries, the AUN/SEED-Net Project was raised for recognition and promotion at the ASEAN Standing Committee meetings in September and November 2006 as well as the ASEAN-Japan Forum in November 2006, where the ASEAN governments requested continued support to the Project from the Japanese government. At the ASEAN-Japan Summit on January 14, 2007, the Japanese government committed to fund exchange programs including those in higher education, responding to the demand of the ASEAN governments for follow-up action on joint flagship projects in human resource development.

Despite high expectation for the continued support of Japanese government, cost-sharing from MIs and their governments are required for the sustainability of AUN/SEED-Net. For the second phase of the Project, the Secretariat distributed to all MIs the questionnaire about cost-sharing to find out possible inputs from MIs and their governments. In response, various in-kind and in-cash contributions were proposed, reflecting their appreciation and desire for the AUN/SEED-Net Project. The results from the questionnaire are shown in the table.

Due to a variety of different contributions proposed by the MIs, the Secretariat has standardized the expected inputs for each activity of the second phase and would ask all MIs for confirmation of the expected inputs in due course.

Since the Project brought together 19 MIs in ASEAN and 1 JSUs, human linkage and academic exchange have been flourishing in both personal level and institutional level. New connections have been set up among the MIs and the JSUs and those existing relationships have been tightened. This impact of the AUN/SEED-Net Project can be tracked by the Memorandum of Understanding/Agreements (MOUs/MOAs) made among the institutions in the Network.

The MOUs/MOAs facilitate resource sharing and academic exchanges within the network through the exchanges of faculty staff and students as well as joint research. From this starting point, the AUN/SEED-Net Network is steering itself towards the role of “the ASEAN – Japan Partnership Universities of Technology,” in which the MIs and the JSUs with specializations in the same engineering fields joining together in form of consortia within the consortium to launch consortium programs and to share facilities and resources. This course is believed to be one effectual means to sustain the network of AUN/SEED-Net in the future.

CHE Faculty Development Scholarship Program in Engineering with Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net

The Commission on Higher Education of Thailand (CHE) has authorised the Faculty Development Scholarship Program in Engineering with the Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net gearing towards an increase of the number of high quality lecturers in Thai universities and enhancement of the academic performance in engineering field. Tenable for 4 years starting from 2005, the Program plans to grant a maximum of 24 doctoral scholarships per year allocated to 3 engineering fields, namely CE and EEE hosted by CU and ICT hosted by KMITL. The successful candidates are entitled to attend classes for international students and utilise laboratory facilities and equipment supplied by AUN/SEED-Net. Moreover, they can also involve in the AUN/SEED-Net Collaborative Research Program. During the scholarship period, the students are eligible to conduct research at a university in Japan for not more than one year.

In 2006, the Program awarded 15 scholarships to successful applicants: 10 in CE, 3 in EEE and 2 in ICT.

 

Short Message from CHE & AUN/SEED-Net Doctoral Student

Through the CHE&AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship Program I have been improving my research skills in higher level, widening visions, experiencing the real world of research, studying how to solve diverse problems in transportation, and learning how to work with other researchers. I think I have got the best opportunity in my life that would extend my life target, as a simple practitioner in the beginning becoming a specialist in my research field after completing the study. Moreover, this program also gives me a chance to secure my occupation as lecturer in a public university in Thailand where I will transfer knowledge obtained during this program to students and also those who are related with the transportation engineering field.

In the first semester, my time was spent fully on exploration of research topics and review of other related research and summary of what had been conducted. It was a bit hard for me in the beginning when planning research direction, research methodology, research plan, and finding an advisor at the host institution and a Japanese co-advisor at a Japanese university. Now I am still working full-time on the literature review, research plan, and proposal preparation. I am also planning to conduct my research at HOKKAIDO University in Japan for one year around early next year.

I believe that I will gain experiences and knowledge under the CHE&AUN/SEED-Net Scholarship Program and would like to extend my thanks to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) of Thailand and AUN/SEED-Net for supporting this scholarship.

From Mr. Piti Rotwannasin, Thai student now studying in doctoral level in the field of Civil Engineering majoring in Transportation Engineering at Civil Engineering Department, Chulalongkorn University since JFY2006

 

Preparation for the Second Phase

Since the 5-year initial phase of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net would be completed by March 2008, the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat started to survey demands for faculty development at all MIs to determine the need for the Project continuation. It was found that MIs and stakeholders have been looking forward to the second phase of the Project with higher expectations for the Project’s merits and expansion. From responses to the questionnaire on Faculty Development Plan by the MIs, high demands for faculty development through higher degree acquisition still exist at many institutions especially those in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. See Chart 22.

Chart 22: Staff Development Plan of Member Institutions

Field-wise seminars have been utilized as forums to develop strategies of each of the nine engineering fields for the rest of, and specially, after the end of the current Project. The MIs expressed their expectations for future AUN/SEED-Net and jointly planned the field-wise strategies. To summarize ideas on future strategies of the Project, the Secretariat invited representatives from the nine engineering fields and observers from HIs to attend the Field Strategy Meeting in Bangkok on 29 June 2006. The field representatives actively discussed and laid out the strategies to be presented to the Steering Committee members and representatives from all MIs at the 11th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2006 Annual Meeting on 30 June 2006. After the presentations of the field-wise strategies, the meeting concluded that the overall project strategy of the next phase would focus on enhancing capacities of the MIs, contributing to industry and community through interdisciplinary collaborative research, strengthening engineering network, and moving towards the role of “ASEAN-Japan Partnership Universities of Technology”.

Following the meeting, the Secretariat requested consultations among the management board of the MIs and between the MIs and related government agencies about possible contributions for the next phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project. The contributions from MIs were considered as one important source of funds that could retain or even maximize the size of the Project’s next phase. Proposed inputs from MIs and their governments are presented in the topic of Sustainability.

On 1 December 2006, the Secretariat arranged the Preparation Meeting for the 12th Steering Committee Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, calling upon representatives from all MIs to draft a detailed activity plan of the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project. MIs’ representatives and observers from JICA Headquarters, JICA Thailand Office, and the Secretariat jointly formulated the activity plan based on the four strategies above. Some existing programs would be continued or merged into new programs; more programs would be designed to respond to MIs’ demands. The proposal for the detailed activity plan for the second phase of the Project was reviewed and approved by the Steering Committee and the 12th Steering Committee Meeting in Singapore on 19 January 2007.

As for the official request for the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project to be submitted to the Government of Japan, the Secretariat helped prepare the summary sheet and the draft of the official request for the ministries in charge of higher education of the member countries to re-examine and revise before submission through proper protocols. To smoothen the progress of the submission and to receive contributions for the next phase, the Secretariat discussed the plan of the second phase of the Project and the procedures of the official request submission with concerned JICA country offices, MIs and government agencies in order that their official requests would be submitted to the Government of Japan as soon as possible. The concerned agencies were very supportive to the Project continuation and responded positively to the appeal for contributions to the Project’s second phase.

In the mean time, the Secretariat made serious attempts to promote the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project at an ASEAN level so as to present high expectation for the Project continuation, as reflected by the MIs and their governments, and to secure strong commitments and supports from high-level authorities from both ASEAN and Japan. Consequently, the AUN/SEED-Net Project was promoted by Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs of ASEAN member countries at the ASEAN Standing Committee meetings in September and November 2006 as well as the ASEAN-Japan Forum in November 2006. The Secretariat team also visited ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Foundation offices in Jakarta, Indonesia, to report the overall progress of the Project and to request further supports from both organizations in the next phase. They agreed to consider supporting some AUN/SEED-Net activities such as regional conferences. Proposals for ASEAN supports for the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project were thus submitted to the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN Foundation in March 2007.

In spite of limited timeframe, a number of efforts have to be continued in JFY 2007 to ensure the continuation of the AUN/SEED-Net Project after the current phase. It is expected that the Japanese government and JICA Headquarters will make a decision on continuing the support to the Project Phase II by the middle of the next fiscal year.

 

Other Activities

-- JICA National Staff Meeting --

April 24, 2006 - The first JICA National Staff Meeting for AUN/SEED-Net took place in Bangkok to deepen understanding of AUN/SEED-Net Project and to share information and issues on current logistic matters for the project. The network among the participants has been established and strengthened through the meeting, expected to enhance future cooperation among the National Staff and AUN/SEED-Net secretariat. The participants in the meeting are listed in the table.

JICA Office
Name
Position
Cambodia Mr. Peong Vattana Program Assistant (Training Affairs & Youth Invitation Program)
Indonesia Ms. Sri Widyastuti Program Officer
Lao PDR Ms. Vithanya Noonan Assistant Program Officer (Education)
Malaysia Mr. TANAKA Hiroyuki Assistant Resident Representative
Malaysia Ms. Shirlyna Hassan Assistant Program Manager (South-South Cooperation)
The Philippines Ms. Grace M. Ciego Program Assistant (Human Resource Development Program Section)

-- The 4th Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) Meeting --

May 26, 2006 - The 4th JCC Meeting for Thailand was held at the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) Office, Ministry of Education of Thailand. It was chaired by CHE Secretary General Prof. Dr. Pavich Tongroach and participated by 13 members and 11 observers from both Thai and Japanese sides. The meeting had a discussion mainly on key findings from Mid-Term Evaluation, preparation for post-project period, and sustainability of the AUN/SEED-Net Project.

-- The 11th and the 12th Steering Committee Meetings --

June 30, 2006 - The AUN/SEED-Net 11th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2006 Annual Meeting was held at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, chaired by NUS Dean of Faculty of Engineering Prof. Dr. Seeram Ramakrishna, with 62 participants from the Steering Committee, MIs, JSUC, Thai Government, Embassy of Japan, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, JICA and AUN/SEED-Net office. Meeting agenda include Annual Report, Monitoring, Main Activity Plan and Tentative Schedule of JFY 2006 and 2007, and Project Strategy in the Next Phase. After the presentations of field-wise strategies as discussed in the preceding Field Strategy Meeting, the overall project strategy and the project’s sustainability issues were raised for discussion among the members. It was agreed that the next phase would aim at enhancing capacities of the MIs, contributing to industry and community through interdisciplinary collaborative research, strengthening engineering network, and moving towards the role of “ASEAN-Japan Partnership University of Technology”. All MIs also committed to consult with the university management board and concerned ministries regarding cost-sharing.

January 19, 2007 - The 12th Steering Committee Meeting was arranged at National University of Singapore, Singapore. The meeting was attended by 44 participants from Member Institutions in ASEAN, ASEAN Secretariat, AUN Secretariat, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat. Guests of honour delivering speeches at the opening ceremony were Second Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education of Singapore Mrs. Tan Ching Yee, NUS President Prof. Dr. Shih Choon Fong, and Director General of Human Development Department of JICA Headquarters Mr. Kikuchi Fumio.

Apart from a progress report of the Project for JFY2006, the meeting reviewed a proposal for the activity plan of AUN/SEED-Net Phase II, drafted after the resolution of the Preparation Meeting for the 12th Steering Committee Meeting on 1 December 2006. The meeting agreed with the detailed activity plan for the next five years after March 2008 with some suggestions, and appreciated proposed cost-sharing from Member Institutions and their governments for Phase II, which comprised several in-cash and in-kind supports. The meeting also acknowledged the Final Evaluation schedule, expected to begin in mid 2007 to assess the Project’s achievements and to make suggestions for the future activities.

-- Earthquake Emergency Response Program --

In response to the Central Java earthquake that severely hit Jogjakarta on May 27, 2006, AUN/SEED-Net and JICA extended to Gadjah Mada University (UGM) a special support for emergency actions to help recover and develop the earthquake-affected areas. This Earthquake Emergency Response Program consisted of collaborative research on Hazard Zoning and Mapping conducted by UGM, Kyushu University and Kyoto University of Japan, and improvement of public safety education empowerment through earthquake microzonation map, effective public education program, and recommendation for building code enhancement.

Courtesy Calls --

May 16, 2006 - The AUN/SEED-Net team visited the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Thailand Resident Mission to introduce the AUN/SEED-Net Project and to get information about ADB missions in relation to higher education. The Secretariat was suggested to visit the Education Sector at ADB Headquarters in Manila, the Philippines.

May 24, 2006 - Mr. Masazumi OGAWA, new Deputy Resident Representative of JICA Thailand, visited the Secretariat office to get a briefing on the AUN/SEED-Net Project progress report and the agenda to be discussed at the 4th JCC Meeting.

July 6-7, 2006 - The AUN/SEED-Net team visited the offices of ASEAN Secretariat and ASEAN Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia, to report the overall progress of the AUN/SEED-Net Project and to promote the Project for further supports of both organizations in the next phase.

August 4, 2006 - The AUN/SEED-Net Team met Deputy Director of President Office at the Commission on Higher Education of the Philippines (CHED) to discuss possible CHED supports to the AUN/SEED-Net Project. The team also visited Asian Development Bank (ADB) Head Office to introduce the Project and to obtain information relevant to ADB support for higher education.

August 23, 2006 - The AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat paid a courtesy visit to Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand. The team reported AUN/SEED-Net’s progress and plan of Project continuation to new Director General Mr. Nopadol Gunavibool, new Director of ASEAN Division 4 Mr. Chowarit Salitula, and ASEAN Division 4 Officer Ms. Chonvipat Changtrakul. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported the continuation of AUN/SEED-Net and would promote the Project to other ASEAN countries for stronger commitments and contributions.

September 7, 2006: Around 30 participants of the procurement training program organized by JICA Headquarters and JICA Asian Regional Offices paid a visit to the Secretariat and Chulalongkorn University (CU). The group was briefed by the Secretariat on overall activities of the AUN/SEED-Net project especially regarding the procurement of equipment, and visited laboratories of the Faculty of Engineering to see how the provided equipments have been utilized and maintained with explanation by CU faculty staff.

October 5-6, 2006: The Secretariat welcomed a visit of Mr. Mitsuya ARAKI, President of the International Development Journal, and member of several committees on international development policies of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Mr. Araki was interested in and would like to promote the AUN/SEED-Net Project and its impact to ASEAN development in the International Development Journal, a well-know Japanese Journal on international development and at other occasions. During his visit he attended the Field-wise Seminar in Civil Engineering and interviewed several involvers of the Project, including Executive Director of AUN/SEED-Net, Executive Director of ASEAN University Network, as well as faculties and AUN/SEED-Net students of Faculty to Engineering, Chulalongkorn University.

October 17, 2006: Prof. Dr. Kenjiro SUZUKI and staffs from International Division of Shibaura Institute of Technology, one of Japanese Supporting University Consortium, paid a visit to the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat to learn more about activities of the AUN/SEED-Net Project.

October 20, 2006: The Secretariat received a visit of Prof. Dr. Tsuneo SUGISHITA and students of Ibaragi University. He and his students were interested in the Project from several points of view, and he agreed to the importance of human resources development, in particular the fostering of leaders of ASEAN countries.

December 7-8, 2006: To explore other funding sources for the second phase of the AUN/SEED-Net Project in addition to the main support from JICA, the Secretariat team visited the ASEAN Foundation (AF) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Dr. Apichai Sunchindah, AF Executive Director, agreed to consider funding AUN/SEED-Net activities partially provided that a proposal from AUN/SEED-Net must be submitted to AF as soon as possible.

December 14, 2006: The Secretariat received a courtesy visit of Dr. Hiroshi SHIRAKAWA, Senior Specialist from the Office for International Cooperation, International Affairs Division, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan. The purpose of his visit was to learn more about the AUN/SEED-Net Project and its progress.

December 18, 2006: The Secretariat welcomed JICA study team on industry-university relations under the study topic of “The Efficiency Improvement Study on Effective Partnerships between Industry and Higher Education Projects in the Field of Engineering in Asian Region”. The Secretariat provided information about relationship between AUN/SEED-Net and the industry.

January 22, 2007: The Secretariat received a courtesy visit of Mr. Fumio KIKUCHI, Director General of Human Development Department, JICA Headquarters. The purposes of this visit were to see progress of the Project activities and to meet AUN/SEED-Net scholars.

February 26, 2007: The Secretariat received a courtesy call by Resident Representative of JICA Thailand Office Mr. Mikiharu SATO, whose term was schedule to end in March 2007, and his successor Mr. Katsuji ONODA.

March 15, 2007: A team of Nagoya Institute of Technology paid a courtesy visit to the Secretariat Office to learn about the AUN/SEED-Net Project and current activities.

March 16, 2007: The Secretariat welcomed King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology North Bangkok (KMITNB) staff who would like to learn about AUN/SEED-Net activities.