Annual Report 2010/11
 

AUN/SEED-Net at a Glance

Establishment of AUN/SEED-Net 23 April 2001
Duration of Project Phase II 5 years (March 2008-March 2013)
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 2011) 709
  Master's Degree Program 454 (since 2001)
  PhD Sandwich Program 116 (since 2003)
  PhD Program in Japan 110 (since 2002)
  PhD Program in Singapore 29 (since 2006; including upgraded cases)
Number of Graduates (as of March 2011) 431 (since 2001)
  Master's Graduates 331
  Doctoral Graduates 100
Sources of Fund in Phase II Government of Japan through JICA, ASEAN Foundation, Member Countries and Member Institutions
JICA Team for AUN/SEED-Net: Acting Chief Advisor Prof. Dr. Chitoshi MIKI
AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon
 

Message from JICA Headquarters

It has been 10 years since the AUN/SEED-Net was established in 2001. Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the member institutions and member countries, I am proud that the AUN/SEED-Net has successfully been developed as an innovative mechanism in which leaders and experts in the field of engineering are brought together and collaborate hand in hand towards human resources development and knowledge creation for advancement of science and technology for the ASEAN region and Japan.

The Mid-term Review, which was conducted last year after two and a half years have passed since the start of the Phase II in March 2008, found that the Project is highly relevant being in consistent with needs and policies of the ASEAN countries. The Project has also given significant impacts on the member institutions, by providing opportunities to pursue master’s or doctoral studies in ASEAN or in Japan to more than 600 academic staff since 2001, by strengthening international graduate programs at host institutions, and by strengthening ties among researchers through collaborative research activities and regional conferences.

It has been emphasized by many of the scholars who participated in AUN/SEED-Net graduate degree programs that one of the important assets from the programs is human network with scholars from different neighboring countries. Even after graduation, they keep in touch with each other officially as academic staff at different leading institutions in the region, and personally as good friends for life with deeply understanding different cultures and societies across the countries. This human network, I think, is the most valuable asset of the AUN/SEED-Net. The formulation of solidarity at country level starts from mutual understanding at personal level. We now have numerous number of this kind of individual human networks within the region and Japan, based on which solidarity and collaboration within ASEAN as well as between ASEAN and Japan have been nurtured at both institutional and the country’s level.

With this important asset, I believe that this network has significant potential for promotion of science and technology in the region, which is the key for the future of the region. New scientific knowledge and technologies will help develop competitive industrial sectors, thus contributing to economic development of the region. At the same time they will help solve common regional problems such as environmental issues, natural disasters and so on, thus contributing to social development of the region.

This value of the network is well recognized even by leaders of the ASEAN countries and Japan. In the ASEAN-Japan Summit held in Vietnam in October 2010, our leaders have shared their views that it is necessary to further promote exchanges among universities and researchers in the region and Japan. I would like to underscore that in this Summit the ASEAN leaders have shown appreciation to our on-going cooperation between Japan and ASEAN for AUN/SEED-Net.

Now it is time for us to start thinking about how we can maintain and utilize the enormous assets of the network in the Post-Phase II period, so that this network can further contribute to the industries and academic communities of the region.

Lastly, I would like to thank massively all the concerned parties for the continuous commitment to the project activities.

Ms. Nobuko Kayashima
Director General
Human Development Department
Japan International Cooperation Agency

 

Message from ASEAN Foundation

On behalf of the ASEAN Foundation, I congratulate the ASEAN University Network Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) for another fruitful year. The ASEAN Foundation is pleased to be a partner of the AUN/SEED-Net in helping strengthen linkage and cooperation among the academe, industry and the community. This partnership has enhanced educational and research capacities of 19 member institutions and strengthened cooperation with 11 leading Japanese universities. It has also helped establish a sustainable human resources development network through the implementation of more than 35 regional conferences in the various engineering fields.

The Regional Conferences projects, which the ASEAN Foundation has supported under the Japan-ASEAN Solidarity Fund, have brought together experts and researchers from leading universities in ASEAN and Japan as well as representatives from government and private sectors. It has enabled the development and promotion of valuable technologies in the nine engineering fields and newly established interdisciplinary studies. We are hopeful that through our contribution, relevant researches and technologies has been shared for possible development and commercialization in ASEAN countries.

We look forward to a continuing collaboration between the ASEAN Foundation and AUN/Seed-Net that supports our mission of sustainable social and economic development in ASEAN and in line with the ASEAN Foundation’s role in ASEAN community-building by raising ASEAN awareness and identity, promoting people-to-people interaction, developing human resources and alleviating poverty in the region.

Dr. Makarim Wibisono
Executive Director
ASEAN Foundation

 

Message from AUN Secretariat

Since the beginning, AUN/SEED-Net has been progressing towards a remarkable and dynamic growth. The network’s achievements have been the results of the commendable efforts and cooperation among our longstanding partners. I, on behalf of the AUN Secretariat, would like to take this opportunity to once again express my sincere thanks to all of ASEAN and Japanese partners for their unfailing commitment and partnership which help bring the network to the outstanding success.

I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Tsutsumi who has concluded his term as Chief Advisor of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net in March 2011. With his vision and dedicated commitment, Prof. Tsutsumi has been instrumental in driving AUN/SEED-Net towards notable success. His strong support of the network’s endeavours and inter-regional cooperation in engineering education has evidently been the key to the AUN/SEED-Net’s achievements in present day.

In this regard, the AUN Secretariat welcomes Prof. Dr. Chitoshi Miki who has taken the position of Acting Chief Advisor as the successor of Prof. Tsutsumi. Our established collaboration with AUN/SEED-Net will continue under Prof. Dr. Miki’s leadership and we are certain that, with Prof. Miki’s vision and determined commitment, AUN/SEED-Net would continuously move forward and have fruitful outcomes for the years to come.

AUN/SEED-Net has undergone to the third year of its second phase with concrete contribution to the development in engineering and inter-regional human capacity building. The network is continuously expanding with the growing number of AUN/SEED-Net’s alumni who have further their academic contribution to wider society between across the two regions. Research collaboration has been one of the prominent areas of academic cooperation of AUN/SEED-Net with the five inter-disciplinary research fields being added to the main nine engineering fields in the effort to promptly respond to demand of the knowledge development for emerging challenges of the contemporary world.

The activities under AUN/SEED-Net are essentially one of our core elements in implementing higher education cooperation in accordance with the ASEAN Road Map and the ASEAN 5-Year Plan on Education. The network’s activities on mobility, knowledge exchange and research are in line with and indeed address the needs of all stakeholders within academic realm, industrial sector and wider society. The AUN Secretariat is looking forward to strengthen collaboration with AUN/SEED-Net as well as to render the committed support to all of the network’s activities. I am confident that AUN/SEED-Net will effectively overcome challenges lying ahead along its path towards the approaching Phase III in March 2013.

Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude once again to all staff and partner institutions for their tenacity and industrious efforts in bringing AUN/SEED-Net to the success. With our mutual goals of enhancing regional capacity through academic cooperation, we are looking forward to grow together and join forces in bringing positive impacts and progress of educational cooperation to the peoples of the region and the next generations to come. I am confident that our cooperation and strong effort will lead to the dynamic growth of the network in the future which will in turn further strengthen the ASEAN-Japan Economic Cooperation in the global challenges.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni
Executive Director
ASEAN University Network

 

Message from Acting Chief Advisor

My sincere greetings to all members of AUN/SEED-Net. I am delighted to present AUN/SEED-Net’s Annual Report for the year 2010 as the acting Chief Advisor. I succeeded to this post in April 2011, as the successor of Professor Kazuo Tsutsumi. First and foremost, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to Prof. Tsutsumi for his great supports in the past years. The AUN/SEED-Net would not be able to have come this far without his commitment and devoted support. His perspective and wisdom have been reflected clearly in these days’ achievements of our project. I believe that he will always wish for the project’s greater success from now on, and I promise to make all possible efforts as Chief Advisor for further achievements of the project.

At the heart of AUN/SEED-Net lies the purpose to improve educational and research capacity of universities in ASEAN, as well as promote human network through higher degree acquisition of young researchers and other supporting activities. It has been 10 years since the initial plan for establishment of AUN/SEED-Net and the situation surrounding us is changing for many reasons, such as economic growth and environmental issues. While the main purpose of AUN/SEED-Net is still important and to be maintained, the academic collaboration and solidarity should be promoted at great scale.

The journal publication is one of the important activities ahead. Fiscal year 2010 witnessed the set-up stage of ASEAN Engineering Journal, which aims to be a collection of new and innovative knowledge emerged from ASEAN, as well as foundation of dissemination of researches of people in the region with the topics that fulfill the specified needs in the area. Make room on the bookshelf for one more, ASEAN Engineering Journal will debut in 2011.

Fiscal year 2010 marked the third year of AUN/SEED-Net Project’s Phase II. Together with our member institutions in ASEAN and Japan, we continuously contributed to ASEAN region as to be the hub of human resource and research development. In keeping with this mission, we are considering continuing and expanding AUN/SEED-Net network far beyond the Phase II.

To a great extent, collaboration of universities has been established in and across the important regions of the world. Having built successful partnership over the past years, AUN/SEED-Net becomes the “top-league” of leading universities of science and technology in ASEAN and is well on the way to strengthen and expand the network based on its 10-year effort and asset.

AUN/SEED-Net’s Regional Conference has continued to be a platform for researchers, students, alumni, government and industrials to exchange and share thoughts. The 14 events in 2010 were attended by up to 1,300 participants across ASEAN and Japan. The symposium clearly highlighted AUN/SEED-Net’s endeavor in keeping the concerned people abreast of the latest developments and practices in engineering.

All in all, fiscal year 2010 is another remarkable year of AUN/SEED-Net. What we achieved was the direct result of every single unit of AUN/SEED-Net network doing very solid thinking and rendering active cooperation over the course of a year. I take this opportunity to express sincere gratitude and appreciation toward all the concerned people who have supported our endeavor over the year.

Prof. Dr. Chitoshi MIKI
Acting Chief Advisor
JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net

 

Message from Executive Director

It has been my great honor to be a part of JICA project for AUN/SEED-Net, and serve as an Executive Director for the past three years. I believe that our project and network continue to grow fertilely strong. Despite some concerns and challenges, the Project could not be more successful without contributions and supports from Japanese Government, JICA, Japanese supporting universities and member institutions that help AUN/SEED-Net project come this far. Throughout these years, all involved parties have been positively contributing to and seeing the importance of developing human resources in engineering education and human capital.

By all means, the success of the Project can be measured by expanded interest received in the existing activities as well as the recent establishment of the new programs focusing on both our current and graduated students. In reflecting upon these last seven years of the Project, we keep our missions strong, that is, to continuously enhance educational and research capacities of our network members as well as to conduct research activities in a way that will contribute primarily to the needs of ASEAN region. We expect all our graduates to contribute for finding solutions for socio-economic problems in ASEAN region. This result has been shown in the collaborative research that our students have made positive impacts and contribution to communities and societies, such as projects related to disaster mitigation and management or project responding to environmental concerns. We can proudly say that these are fruits from the seeds we plant since the Project phrase I, and continue to produce good yield in Project Phase II.

Though I confidently say that the program has successfully enhanced quality of human capacity in engineering field in the region, there are still many goals we aim to achieve during different stages of the Project; including establishment of ASEAN engineering journal and more collaboration among Member Institutions, industries and communities to strengthen and enlarge our network. To obtain the ultimate goal in the sustainable framework of human resources development network contributing to the development of ASEAN, these challenges are greater than providing research resources and knowledge, since our enriched human resources will eventually help to develop their communities and our region and as a whole. The results of the Project Mid-term evaluation renders that the framework of human resources development network can be sustained through contributions and sense of ownership among our Member institutions; which has already been created.

On behalf of the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, I would like to sincerely express gratitude to all involved stakeholders in the Project particularly to Japanese Government and JICA, Japanese Supporting Universities, Member Institutions, Governments of the ASEAN Member Countries, ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN Secretariat, and ASEAN University Network for their great continued supports and dedication to AUN/SEED-Net Project as well as engineering education enrichment and human development in the region since the very initial stage. I wish you continuing success in all of your endeavors.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon
Executive Director
AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat

 

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. AUN/SEED-Net 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 financed by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities of AUN/SEED-Net have been implemented by the Member Institutions and managed by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

Vision

Sustainable social and economic development is promoted in ASEAN countries.

Missions

With a view to effectively utilising regionally available human resources for upgrading higher engineering education, 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.

Strategy & Concept Structure

To realize the missions, 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 (MIs) and Japanese Supporting Universities (JSUs). Nine engineering fields have been identified and assigned to the MIs to act as the “regional hub” of each field in principle.

These MIs, so-called Host Institutions (HIs), are responsible for training young graduates and teaching staff from other MIs to acquire master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program with JSUs.

Major contributions of the JSUs are to assist HIs in “joint thesis research supervision” of AUN/SEED-Net students to upgrade the quality of research through the Collaborative Research Program and to assist the MIs in capacity enhancement through the Japanese Professors Dispatch Program.

Other supporting programs are also provided for academic excellence and networking, e.g. Short-Term Research/Study Program in Japan, Short-term Visit Program in ASEAN, Regional Conference Program, and Research Program for Alumni Members.

The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the list of host fields and HIs are illustrated in the diagram and Table 1 below.

Concept Structure of AUN/SEED-Net

 

Chemical Engineering (ChE)
Civil Engineering (CE)
Electrical & Electronics Engineering (EEE)
Environmental Engineering (EnvE)
Geological Engineering (GeoE)
Information & Communication Technology (ICT)

Manufacturing Engineering (ManuE)
Materials Engineering (MatE)
Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering (ME/AE)

De La Salle University (DLSU), Philippines
Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand
Chulalongkorn University (CU), Thailand
University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP), Philippines
Gadjah Mada University (UGM ), Indonesia
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL), Thailand
University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia
Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB-INA), Indonesia

(Singaporean Member Institutions, namely Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University of Singapore (NUS), may host any fields.)

Goals and Expected Outputs of Phase II

For Phase II (March 2008 - 2013), the foundation of a sustainable framework of human resource development network in engineering field, aiming at contributing to development of societies, is established in ASEAN under the ownership of the member countries.

Expected outputs of Phase II include: Capacity enhancement of the member institutions through upgrade of faculty qualifications and research capacities; collaborative research for industry and community through academic cooperation between ASEAN and Japanese researchers; engineering network strengthening through annual gathering, knowledge exchange, and alumni network; and establishment of Graduate School Consortium of Engineering among ASEAN and Japan through journal publication and development of online bibliography.

 

Capacity Enhancement

The MIs’ capacity enhancement has been performed through upgrade of faculty qualifications by Graduate Degree Scholarship Programs which comprise Master’s Degree Program, Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program, Doctoral Degree Program in Japan, and Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore.

After graduation our alumni working as faculty staff have been continuously developed through supports from Research Program for Alumni Members and Short-term Research Program in Japan. At the same time, graduate programs at the MIs have been strengthened or newly established with assistance from other MIs through staff exchanges under Short-term Visit Program in ASEAN.

Master's Degree Program

Popularity of the Master’s Degree Program in JFY2010 can be witnessed through the number of applications received - 212 applications from 158 applicants - which was the highest number ever since the Project started in 2001.

There was a dramatic increase of applications especially in the field of ManuE to 22 from three last year; while the three most popular fields were still CE, EnvE, and ICT. The MIs that sent the biggest number of applications were NUOL, followed by ITC and UGM. Majority of the applicants was, same as previous years, fresh graduates or final-year students, followed by academic staff and company employees.

In total 43 scholarships were granted, with an average number of five students to each of the nine engineering fields covered by AUN/SEED-Net, except for CE and EEE hosted by CU which received only four students each due to declinations of scholarships by two successful candidates.

 

 

Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program

Following the practice started in JFY2009, the Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program in JFY2010 continued the two-batch calls for applications in order to fulfill the 27 scholarships quota. The first batch call was announced in November 2009 and the second was in May 2010. The Program received in total 40 applications, 23 in the first batch and 17 in the second batch, from 37 applicants, 22 in the first batch and 15 in the second batch. Nine of them were AUN/SEED-Net alumni, equal to 24% of all applicants. As for their careers, 51% of them were MI staff, 38% were master’s graduates, and 11% were company employees.

The biggest senders in this year were HCMUT, YTU, and ITC, quite similar to those in last year. There were no application from the Philippines and Malaysia.

The most popular fields this year were GeoE, CE, and EnvE. It is worth-noting for the drastic increase of applications for GeoE from only one in 2009 to as many as nine in this year, and for EnvE from one to six.

In total 22 scholarships were granted with four students each in GeoE and EnvE; three each in CE, EEE, and ME/AE; two in MatE; and one each in ICT, ManuE, and ChE. All the successful candidates received three-year scholarships to study at HIs in the respective fields, and would be supervised by the advisor at the HI as well as the co-advisor from JSUs.

 

Message from Doctoral Sandwich Scholar Dr. Bui Duc Long

Although I had studied in one of the famous universities in Vietnam, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, always in my mind was the dream of overseas studying. I always told myself that I had to study harder and one day I could get it. Finally, all of my efforts were rewarded by AUN/SEED-Net scholarship for the study in Master’s program at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in 2004.

My study time at USM was both challenging and exciting. Initially, I faced with many difficulties such as communication, food, and culture. However, the problems did not diminish my study enthusiasm. Indeed, the spirit of challenging and overcoming obstacles helped me go through all the difficulties. One of the obvious evidences is that my experiment was only successful after a lot of failures and efforts. Later, my first paper was published in an international journal, which afterwards was rewarded by USM.

In 2008, I went to study at Toyohashi University of Technology as a part of the AUN/SEED-Net Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program. That period was really tough and stressful. A new living and working environment was totally different from what I had experienced in Vietnam and Malaysia. However, in such environment, my research skill was significantly improved which brought me to success in research and publication in the future. At the completion of my doctoral study, four of my papers were published in good international journals. Besides, I was invited to review papers for Journal of Materials Science and Engineering: A. Currently, I am employed by USM to work as a post-doctoral position in the key project “Development and Production of Reformulated Calcium Phosphates for Bone Graft Substitutes”.

Having an opportunity to become a USM student under AUN/SEED-Net, many students like me have chances to enrich knowledge to contribute to science and to serve our community. I am glad to have this opportunity to thank for the generous supports from AUN/SEED-Net.

 

Short-term Study Program in Japan

During the three-year scholarship period, AUN/SEED-Net students under the Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program are eligible to make maximum two trips to Japan with a maximum period of eight months in total, in order to conduct research under the supervision of their respective co-advisors at JSUs. There are two types of trip under this Short-term Study Program in Japan (SSJP): the short SSJP with maximum trip period of 30 days and the long SSJP of which trip period can be from one month up to eight months. Students can make their trips any time during their three-year scholarship period; however, the trips should be well planned between the advisors at HIs and the co-advisors at JSUs so that they can efficiently contribute to students’ research progress as well as timely graduation.

In the JFY2010, AUN/SEED-Net had six students under the short SSJP; however, only five were successfully dispatched to Japan in the end as one case had to be postponed to JFY2011 due to the Tohoku earthquake incident in early March 2011. This devastative disaster also affected two long SSJP trips to be postponed to JFY2011 and therefore there were only 12 students departed for Japan under this long SSJP Program within JFY2010.

Although most students would choose to take only one trip for maximum eight months in order to maximize their stay at the JSUs, there were also several cases that would choose to go to Japan twice, with the first trip for one month in their first year in order to study research environment at the JSUs as well as to plan for research activity in detail with the Japanese co-advisors. At the same time, there were also a few cases that students chose to go to Japan for 4-7 months first during their second year in order to conduct research experiments, and return to Japan again for one month just in case there would be any needs to redo some experiments after returning to the HIs.

List of SSJP participants in JFY2010 is provided in Appendix I.

 

Doctoral Degree Program in Japan

Designed to respond to the MIs’ needs to increase manpower in faculty of engineering, the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan, with a quota of 18 scholarships per year, has continued its main task to produce new graduates armed with the latest knowledge in innovations and technologies from Japan who would return to become faculty staff at their origins. The impressive total number of doctoral students from this program is 47, and almost all have become faculty staff at their sending institutions.

Same as the previous year, the total number of applications in JFY2010 was 45. Noticeably, CU sent four applications after being absent in the last few years. The number of scholarships awarded was 18, with the highest number of eight awardees from both Vietnamese MIs. UGM had four successful applicants in four different fields. Due to no application in the field of EnvE and low number in the field of MatE, three slots were allocated to ChE, GeoE, and ManuE fields.

JFY 2011, though, saw a reduction of number of applications. The biggest sender was ITC, followed closely by UGM. For the first time in three years NUOL submitted an application; on the contrary there was none from Myanmar. Screening and awarding processes have been going on in JFY2011.

 

Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore

A total of 20 scholarships of Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore are provided every year to study at NUS and NTU equally. In 2010, 20 applications were submitted from 15 applicants. Looking at the number of applications, UM sent the most with seven applications, followed by HCMUT with five applications. However, there were only three successful candidates for this program in JFY2010.

The record of applications and scholarships from 2006 to 2010 shows that the number of applications increased from 2006 until 2008 and has decreased since then, possibly because Singaporean MIs required high level of academic performance as well as English proficiency that fewer candidates could meet. To focus more on successful candidates, the average percentage of successful candidates from 2006 to 2010 is only 30%.

 

Message from Doctoral Singapore Scholar Dr. Budi Hartono

It is an honor for me to have such a great opportunity to participate in the AUN/SEED-Net program. The program has been providing a vast opportunity for me and other aspiring young engineers from various countries to enhance knowledge and to establish networks in a stimulating academic environment.

I have just graduated from a PhD program in the Industrial & Systems Engineering Department, National University of Singapore under the joint scholarships of AUN/SEED-net and NUS. It was a once-for-a-lifetime experience to go through a rigorous PhD program from a world-renowned university. During the stint, I was given the chance to hone my skills in conducting independent academic inquiries as well as to deepen my knowledge in the fields of cognitive ergonomics and risky decision analysis. Applying the knowledge in the domain of project management, I believe, it would enable me to contribute more to the society.

Throughout the period, all NUS and the AUN/SEED-net staff had provided enormous assistance and support. Without their cheerful helps, it would have been impossible for me to finish my study six months earlier than the original plan. Now I am an academic staff in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia.

I am wishing for the sustainability of the program in the future. Furthermore, I expect the establishment of a new program umbrella of Industrial Engineering in the near future.

 

Research Program for Alumni Members

Due to an increase in the number of AUN/SEED-Net graduates becoming teaching staff at the MIs, Research Program for Alumni Members, launched since the beginning of the Project’s Phase II, aims to strengthen and further research knowledge of the faculty staff for they have become valuable assets who can contribute to human capacity development in engineering in their countries and possibly in the region. With outstanding and interesting research proposals, each of 20 researchers receive research fund at the maximum of USD 2,000 to carry out research within respective Japanese fiscal year.

In JFY2010 the Research Program for Alumni Members continued to draw interests from many alumni, and the number of applications received slightly increased from last year. There were 13 applications submitted in the first batch call and 12 grants were awarded. The second batch call was made in order to complete the remaining of eight slots and could draw interests from 12 applicants, from which another six qualified candidates received grants. This year, most applications came from UGM. Some successful applicants were partially supported with fund from other sources to conduct research. However, out of the total 18 grants given this year, one slot for YTU will be carried over to JFY 2011, and there were four slots carried over from last year to be implemented within JFY 2010. For most unsuccessful cases, the unsuccessful candidates failed to complete document requirements within time or to meet application criteria.

Please see Appendix II for more details of successful candidates.

 

Short-term Research Program in Japan

As AUN/SEED-Net alumni network has been developed progressively, Short-term Research Program in Japan has been continuously implemented so as to ensure capacity enhancement among alumni as well as tangible academic or research outputs. This program is intended to provide trip supports for 18 alumni per year by dividing the quota into two batches equally.

In JFY2010, the program was able to draw 20 applications in total and there were 16 applications eligible to receive supports, in which 15 were actually implemented due to one cancellation. Since number of applications in JFY 2010 doubled the number of applications in JFY 2009, this shows that the program has become more well-aware among alumni who wish to further their research activities with JSUs. From all applications, the alumni from Indonesia, specifically UGM, were the majority of both applicants and successful candidates. In term of JSUs, Tokyo Institute of Technology became the most popular institution AUN/SEED-Net alumni selected to further their research activities with.

Although the Short-term Research Program in Japan is considerably a new program which evolved from Short-term Training/Research Program in Japan and has been officially implemented in 2009, there has been a significant sign revealing its room to grow, especially in terms of concrete outputs both in research related areas and other aspects such as discussion on renewing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USM and Toyohashi University of Technology. Despite our aim to assure tangible academic results, personal relationship or agreement are considered as one of the most crucial outputs we also expect to see. Beyond the academic perspective, we believe that this type of outcome will also ensure continuous collaboration and solidarity among the members in the network.

 

Short-term Visit Program in ASEAN

Short-Term Visit Program in ASEAN has been continued not only to enhance capacity of faculty staff of MIs but also to boost research collaboration among academicians in ASEAN, especially AUN/SEED-Net graduates teaching at the MIs. Under this program, faculty staff from the MIs will receive supports to visit other MIs in ASEAN for maximum 30 days for various purposes.

In JFY 2010, the program attracted 41 applications in total, divided into 25 from the first batch and another 16 from the second batch. Through application screening, there were in total 30 faculty staff members received supports, most of which were from NUOL and USM. CU was the most popular destination receiving 15 visits and the majority of visits related to the GeoE field.

In line with the objectives of the program, most of visits were utilized to discuss current and future research collaboration, observe research activities , discuss curriculum, as well as visit laboratories and facilities. Some visiting staffs also gave lectures to students at visited institutions. Not limited to research related activities, this year the program also supported eight faculty staff from NUOL, who are AUN/SEED-Net alumni, to be trained in a mining course at CU for one semester or four months. During the training period, the team had a chance to discuss the development of four-year mining engineering curriculum system of NUOL and visit several mining sites.

Most faculty staff received additional supports from visiting and visited MIs through the program. For examples, CU Mining Department generously supported NUOL faculty staff for tuition fee and accommodation after the regular one-month support from AUN/SEED-Net; while HCMUT provided their faculty members with air tickets and ITC supported daily allowance to their staff.

 

Collaborative Research for Industry and Community

Collaborative Research Program and Japanese Professor Dispatch Program promote joint research supervision and collaboration between ASEAN and Japanese researchers with an attempt to encourage stronger impacts on and involvements of industry and community. Research areas have been expanded to address common issues of the region covering five interdisciplinary areas of biotechnology, disaster mitigation, global environment, natural resources and materials, and new/renewable energy.

Collaborative Research Program

One of the key programs that bring together academics from ASEAN and Japan as well as AUN/SEED-Net students to produce engineering researches focusing on current issues of the region is Collaborative Research (CR) Program. The program provides the annual budget of USD 3,500 per one master’s student and USD 5,000 per one doctoral student for the advisor to purchase necessary equipments and materials, as well as to organize field trips, and for the student to take short courses to enhance specific knowledge under the research topic.

In addition to the compulsory parties who must be involved in each CR project, which are faculty staff from HI and MI, a Japanese professor, and an AUN/SEED-Net student, the program has incorporated AUN/SEED-Net alumni, non-MIs, local government agencies, and private industries since the beginning of Phase II. In JFY 2010, there were projects that received extra supports from local energy and mining companies while some collaborated with other universities even in Europe. Functioning together with other programs such as Japanese Professor Dispatch Program, Short-term Visit Program in ASEAN and Research Program for Alumni Members, this program is not limited to help the student produce excellent thesis with economic and social impacts, but also has significant roles in strengthening the network and being the linkage of people inside and outside the network.

The number of CR projects in JFY2010 was 112, and the total of USD 522,072 was disbursed to eight HIs to conduct researches in their respective fields. And on top of that, the Commission on Higher Education of Thailand (CHE) contributed around 18% of the total budget to fund the CR projects implemented by Thai HIs.

Also, for the third year, the AUN/SEED-Net Project provided the support scheme for international journal subscriptions at MIs in Indonesia and the Philippines.

 

Japanese Professor Dispatch Program

In JFY 2010, Japanese Professor Dispatch (JPDP) Program underlined its main goals of furnishing productive trips of Japanese professors to visit MIs in ASEAN in order to supervise researches of AUN/SEED-Net students, initiate and strengthen research collaboration with the MIs, as well as actively participate in AUN/SEED-Net Regional Conferences (RCs). In nine fundamental fields and five interdisciplinary research areas, the total number of 64 dispatches were utilized and allocated, of which 42% were utilized for activities related to CRs, 27% for attending RCs, and 31% for both CR activities and RC attendances.

Each slot was utilized effectively as reflected in the total number of 84 destinations that the program achieved from the 64 dispatches. The highest number of visits, accounted for 13, was made to CU, followed by the visits to UP and USM, each accounted for 11, and the visits to UGM, accounted for 10.

 

Engineering Network Strengthening

To strengthen and extend the engineering network founded by the AUN/SEED-Net Project, Regional Conference Program is designed for annual gathering and knowledge sharing among academe, industries and communities. Also, AUN/SEED-Net alumni network has been continually nurtured for they are regional assets who can enrich and expand the network across the ASEAN countries.

Regional Conference Program

Year 2010 was the third consecutive year that ASEAN Foundation (AF) contributed as a major sponsor of Regional Conferences (RCs). Twelve RCs were organized using the AF budget and two RCs were funded by JICA. The first ever RC in Japan was organized in this fiscal year. The RC in DM, hosted by Kyoto University, took place in Kyoto, Japan to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake. Two conferences were jointly organized with outside institutions i.e. RC in EEE with Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of UP and RC in ManuE with Asia Pacific Industrial Engineering & Management Systems. In this year the RCs in CE and EnvE were held together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the UP. Appendix III lists all RCs in JFY2010.

In JFY2010 alone, the total number of participants in all RCs was over 1,000, with RC in ManuE pulling over 300 attendees. Since the beginning of Phase II, the program prospered by strong partnership of AUN/SEED-Net and AF has amazingly gathered 4,465 people. More importantly, through increasing number and involvement of people from the industry and the government working in respective fields, discussions at the RCs have enhanced their cooperation. Participants outside the network was equal to almost 40% of the total.

From 42 RCs organized in three fiscal years, fruitful outputs and outcomes were evidently shown by many indicators such as number of researches and participating parties. Moreover, intangible effects, e.g. human linkage and mutual cultural appreciation among ASEAN people, are massive and will last for a long time. In the next two years of the Project’s Phase II, 28 more RCs will be organized and greater results, both in hard aspects like scope of the event and in soft aspects like academic discoveries and togetherness of the ASEAN community, will be highly expected.

 

Alumni Network

For collaboration promotion and education enhancement, AUN/SEED-Net alumni are expected to be the seeds that will grow up and sustain the relationship among academics and professionals in the ASEAN region. Thus, alumni network would play an important role to continue collaborative activities and contribute to the sustainable development.

As of JFY2010, there were 381 alumni members of AUN/SEED-Net, most were from UGM (73), NUOL (58), and HCMUT (55). As for profession after graduation, 206 alumni (54%) served their countries as faculty staff, researchers, university employees, and government officers; while 104 alumni (27%) pursued doctoral degrees. More than half of the alumni have become key academics and professionals who will expand and enrich engineering network across the ASEAN countries.

Yahoo! Mailing Groups and Facebook are still centers of communication between AUN/SEED-Net alumni. With increasing members there, not only alumni can share their information, MI staff and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat can also update news and useful information related to the alumni. And to encourage them to further collaboration, AUN/SEED-Net offers supports for alumni members through supporting programs including Research Program for Alumni Members, Short-term Visit Program in ASEAN, Short-term Research Program in Japan, and Regional Conference participation.

 

Message from Alumnus Dr. Hul Seingheng

I was granted AUN/SEED-Net’s scholarship for master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at DLSU. After completing master’s, I became a faculty staff in Chemical Engineering and Food Technology Department at ITC before being awarded another AUN/SEED-Net’s scholarship for doctoral degree at UP with one year research at Shizuoka University in Japan. I had a chance to give a poster presentation of my research, which was awarded “Outstanding Scientific Exhibition” by National Academic of Science and Technology of the Philippines during my master’s study. My research outputs in doctoral study on “The Management of the Great Lake, Tonle Sap in Cambodia” are key ideas for local authority toward water quality management of the lake, and the results have been published in many journals, both national and local ones.

After finishing study, I was promoted to be Vice Head of Chemical Engineering and Food Technology Department and currently Director of Research of ITC. As an AUN/SEED-Net alumnus, I have enjoyed benefits the Project offers by participating in many activities such as conferences as well as being a representative of AUN/SEED-Net alumni for ITC. I have learned many things, both academic and non-academic, and I am grateful that the knowledge I got from this scholarship has mastered me in many ways. I can transfer it to my students as well as sharpen my research capability by continuing research. I thank very much to AUN/SEED-Net and JICA for all supports as the Project has contributed to me pricelessly in my own career as well as to ITC and Cambodia, and I do believe the Project will be sustained.

 

Establishment of ASEAN - Japan Graduate School Consortium of Engineering

To materialize academic resource sharing and joint programs within the network, establishment of the Graduate School Consortium of Engineering among ASEAN and Japan as the sustainable framework of human resource development network in engineering field should be promoted through inventions of the ASEAN Engineering Journal as well as online bibliography.

ASEAN Engineering Journal

ASEAN Engineering Journal (ASEAN E.J.) made a huge step in JFY2010. It is during this year that an editorial board was officially established and started to function firmly. The board on the ASEAN side consists of 53 faculty staff, which all MIs are being represented. On the Japan side, there are 32 Japanese professors, or more than three professors in each field of engineering.

The journal aims to be a platform for ASEAN engineering scholars to publish their research papers by receiving three types of manuscript: Papers, Notes, and Technical Reports. The focus is on junior researchers as it provides an opportunity to promote their work among ASEAN academicians and is the stepping stone for them to expand and become well-known in the international level. The journal seeks to become a collection of academic discoveries that came out from ASEAN and disseminate those under the topics that fulfill the specified needs of the community and industry in the region.

The first call for papers was issued in September 2010. From then until the end of JFY 2010, 24 manuscripts were submitted for review and publication that was scheduled in JFY2011. Four issues will be released per year by division as follows:

o Division 1: CE, EnvE, and GeoE
o Division 2: ChE and MatE
o Division 3: EEE and ICT
o Division 4: ManuE and ME/AE

Authors are able to submit their manuscripts either via AUN/SEED-Net’s Regional Conference or by direct submission. As of March 2011 the former occupied almost 60% of the submissions while the latter occupied the rest. The engineering fields that received most manuscripts in JFY 2010 are ME/AE and EEE.

 

Message from Editorial Board Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ruttikorn Varakulsiripunth

I remember that when I worked with the AUN/SEED-Net Project as KMITL coordinator during the last year of the first phase and the beginning of the second phase, we had several discussions on extended activities for enhancing effectiveness of this Project. Many agenda were raised such as “alumni networking society”, “collaborative research among member institutions and alumni”, and “research publications”.

I am very happy and delighted to know that our discussions became true. It is a great initiative of AUN/SEED-Net to realize the research publications by launching “ASEAN Engineering Journal”. I sincerely congratulate for this success and would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who worked hard for the first edition of this journal. It is also my honor to be invited as the Section Editor in Chief in the field of Information and Communication Technology of this journal.

It is my hope to see continuous progress, prosperity, and sustainability of all related activities of the AUN/SEED-Net Project.

 

Database Development

The development of AUN/SEED-Net database system as a fundamental tool for ASEAN engineering research gateway has started since late JFY2009, aiming at engineering network strengthening along with effective and efficient management of student data and scholarship workflow. In JFY2010 the software development specification was done by an IT consultant company to be used as official procurement reference and guideline for programmers. The procurement process was then implemented to find an appropriate database developing company.

AUN/SEED-Net’s database system will consist of personnel and research bibliography databases such as records of scholars and professors, list of publications and authors from our ASEAN Engineering Journal as well as regional conference proceedings. Besides, it will enable web-based information sharing, offering online application submission and information archive services for our end users. We expect to complete the database system development in late JFY2011.

 

Student Monitoring

AUN/SEED-Net gives priority to quality of graduates. Therefore, orientation and monitoring have been organized every year. Orientation is arranged aiming to assure understanding of expectations and commitments as well as to inform regulations to new scholars before they begin the study. Meanwhile, monitoring is conducted to review on-going students’ performance and progress. At monitoring, students and faculty staff can share their current situations and problems they face during study. This gives AUN/SEED-Net staff-in-charge opportunities to suggest and support the students. Moreover, the issues will be addressed and discussed with HIs for improvement.

In order to help students graduate within the scholarship period, a study plan is a tool that students and advisors jointly plan ahead to prevent study and thesis delay. However, postponement of return and extension of scholarship still occur, in particular final-year students who could not complete thesis before end of scholarship.

In JFY2010, 26 students requested postponement and 16 students requested extension; most of the cases were intended for thesis completion. Apart from thesis problem, some students demanded postponement since they had to take final examination after the scholarship period. Unfortunately, there was one doctoral student terminated owning to research problem.

From 2003 to 2010, AUN/SEED-Net granted 709 scholarships and produced 431 graduate degree holders, in which approximately 76% were master’s and 23% were doctoral graduates. The rest comprised 220 on-going students, three upgraded-to-PhD students, and 27 students who were terminated unfortunately due to academic problem or irregular absence.

In JFY2010 only, 72 students completed and received degrees, consisting of 46 master’s and 26 doctoral graduates. Among these graduates of JFY2010, 58 graduates became researchers, faculty staff, and government officers, while 14 of which enhanced the study toward doctoral degrees. The number of graduates and their professions reflect the achievement of AUN/SEED-Net in enhancing level of education and developing human resources in the ASEAN countries.

Another measurement of student quality monitoring is publication number. Students and alumni are required to update a publication report twice a year. The report classifies publications into four categories i.e. international journal, national journal, international proceeding, and national proceeding, and indicates submission status. Students and alumni reported 381 published publications in JFY2010; 230 were submitted and published in international proceedings which is the most number of publications. So far, the number of publications produced by AUN/SEED-Net students and alumni have accumulated to 1,012.

 

Public Relations

Our attempt to promote AUN/SEED-Net programs and activities continued in JFY2010. Apart from distribution of printed materials to ministries and people in the ASEAN countries and Japan, we tried to catch interests in and create better understanding about the Project through video presentations in Japanese and ASEAN languages with contexts that were catered to each country and each institution.

The video presentations in ASEAN languages were made by the MIs under the Public Relations Program with the purposes to promote recognitions and benefits of the AUN/SEED-Net Network; to motivate fundraising with governments, industries, foundations and organizations in all ASEAN member countries; as well as to encourage ownership spirit and active involvement of the MIs in public relations and fundraising. Six MIs joining this program, namely CU, KMITL, NUOL, UGM, UM, and UP, nicely produced video presentations in their local languages with English subtitle showing the network’s and their success stories, current and future tasks, and needs for more support and cooperation. Similar message was conveyed to Japan through the video presentation in Japanese made by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat.

The number of AUN/SEED-Net web site’s visitors soared this year to 25,323 persons, 26% higher than the number of JFY2009. The website was viewed for 50,769 times in total, with peak periods in August when the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan was announced and during November - January when the other three Graduate Degree Programs called for applications.

Online communication and social network become the mainstream in today’s world; and AUN/SEED-Net rides with the tide. In this year we have created AUN/SEED-Net fan page on Facebook where updated news and announcements are publicized to the wider society. Discussion board is also available as a forum for the members to talk on any academic topics. Since its first launch in December 2010, we now have almost 200 fans mostly from Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan.

 

Open Houses

AUN/SEED-Net Open House is organized by AUN/SEED-Net alumni as a forum for the HIs to promote study programs and recruit prospective candidates; the alumni to pass on experiences and guidance to the audience; and the audience to gain insightful information about graduate programs, scholarships, and living in host countries.

In JFY2010, open houses took place at five MIs including the first-time organizer BUU, attracting altogether around 300 attendants who largely were bachelor’s students from Faculty of Engineering. The most active HI in this year was ITB, sending staff teams to join all open houses. Besides, this year UGM helped promote AUN/SEED-Net scholarships and HIs’ study programs to almost 500 students at the Career Day UGM VII 2011 and Education Expo on February 5-6, 2011. A few HIs also made promotional trips on their own e.g. CU and NUS.

According to feedbacks from the open house attendants, most of them found the study programs and the scholarships interesting. However, more promotion of the event by SI organizers was needed. Also, scheduling of the event should be well in advance and compliant with academic schedule of each SI so that more students and HI representatives can attend.

 

Mid-term Review

Mid-term Review of the AUN/SEED-Net Project’s Phase II was performed by JICA Headquarters during September – October 2010. Questionnaires and interviews were conducted at the MIs as well as the ministries in charge of higher education in the ASEAN countries, in order to evaluate whether the Project’s objectives could be achieved as expected.

The review resulted that the Project’s objectives to establish ‘a foundation of a sustainable framework of human resource development in engineering field contributing to social and economic development of ASEAN’ was likely to be achieved. From the perspective of five evaluation criteria, however, it was found that relevance, efficiency and impact of the AUN/SEED-Net Project were rated high; effectiveness was evaluated as medium; but sustainability especially in term of finance was low.

To enhance effectiveness and sustainability, we need to clarify the setup of academic society and acquire more contributions from our MIs, the Member Countries, industries, and other agencies besides JICA which now accounts for over 70% of the Project’s budget. Toward the end of Phase II, therefore, we would put more emphasis on regional conferences and ASEAN Engineering Journal, which are stepping stones for the establishment of academic society or university consortium. We would also increase involvements of industry and other institutions outside the current network, at the same time we have to consider and conclude proposals for funding from the ministries or other agencies.

 

Sustainability of AUN/SEED-Net

Contributions in JFY2010

Contributions from MIs have been continued in JFY2010, mainly in the Graduate Programs. HIs and/or their governments generously provided supports of tuition fees, research funds, and accommodation allowances to AUN/SEED-Net students; while many SIs kindly subsidized travel costs. In addition, several MIs extended the supports to cover some costs incurred in SVAS and RC programs, as well as the voluntary activity – AUN/SEED-Net Open Houses. Details of the contributions in JFY2010 are shown in Appendix IV.

Among these, one significant action was taken by CU and NUOL that jointly absorbed the expenses beyond the SVAS’s approved budget for eight NUOL staff to take a mining course at CU in preparation for the launch of Mining Department at NUOL. Also remarkable is the co-sponsorship from Kyoto University in organizing and supporting their staff and students to attend the RC in DM held in Kyoto in August 2010. Extended from the existing cost-sharing scheme of AUN/SEED-Net, these contributions were proposed by the MIs and the JSU themselves with the purpose to make the most out of the activities offered. It is hoped that they can be models for other MIs and JSUs in supporting or contributing to more activities that have been implemented within the network or to be launched in the future.

This fiscal year is the third consecutive year that the Commission on Higher Education of Thailand and the Directorate General of Higher Education of Indonesia contributed to AUN/SEED-Net students in Thai and Indonesian HIs in terms of Collaborative Research fund and tuition waiving respectively. It is also the third and final year that ASEAN Foundation kindly sponsored the RCs arranged by the AUN/SEED-Net network. Total budget of USD 343,000 approximately was allocated to 12 conferences organized around the ASEAN region. Moreover, some RCs such as RCs in NRM and ME/AE received partial sponsorships from private companies. In view of sustainability, expanding collaboration is a good step towards more recognition and supports which can lead finally to the sustainable network. The AUN/SEED-Net Project and all network members are always grateful for the generous supports received from these contributors.

Collaboration beyond AUN/SEED-Net Scheme

In recent years we have seen a few collaborations going beyond the AUN/SEED-Net scheme. Many MIs have expanded partnerships with other institutions, organizations as well as industries, which contributes to a stronger tie among them and with other agencies in the relevant field.

Several HIs have assisted junior institutions in the region to set up new programs or departments successfully. Showcases of the faculty development collaboration comprise the establishment of Chemical Engineering Department at ITC with help from DLSU, the launch of Civil Engineering master’s program at NUOL with technical support from CU and KMITL, and the establishment of Mining Engineering Department at NUOL with assistance from CU and UGM.

Multi-party collaboration like the JAXA WINDS project is also worth mentioning. The project has been jointly operated by TIT, Hokkaido, CU-EEE, and UP with support of NICT (Japan), NECTEC (Thailand), and ASTI (Philippines) since 2007 up to present, transmitting video lecture multicast to all collaborators. The Asian School of Automatic Control 2011 (ASAC 2011) arranged by Electrical Engineering Department of CU from January 19-21, 2011 is another example of such collaborations. With generous cooperation and funding from IFAC Foundation, ECTI Association, Office of Higher Education Commission of Thailand and AUN/SEED-Net, the activity offered three-day lectures on “Advances in Automatic Control Systems for Sustainable Industries” by five renowned professors from RIKEN, Seoul National University, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, NUS, and CU. Aiming to promote cooperation and programs of participating organizations as well as establishing a network of graduate students and young staff in automatic control area, ASAC drew around 50 participants including those from AUN/SEED-Net MIs.

It can be claimed that all of the above efforts are significant moves of our network in strengthening educational capacities of the MIs, narrowing development gaps among the ASEAN member countries, at the same time establishing a linkage with the industries. These correspond to the role of universities in sharing knowledge to community and industry as a way to create the knowledge society and the sustainable development.

 

Message from NUOL Staff Mr. Sengpasith Houngaloune

We would like to acknowledge AUN/SEED-Net and Chulalongkorn University especially Petroleum and Mining Engineering Department for giving such a great opportunity to all staff from NUOL to learn and improve knowledge and skills on mining engineering. This experience enabled us not only to enhance mining lessons, but also to improve learning-teaching experiences, which has been very helpful for us in contributing the knowledge to our students especially mining engineering students at Department of Civil Engineering.

Besides, this training trip could greatly enhance the cooperation between Mining Engineering Division of NUOL and Petroleum and Mining Engineering Department of CU. We have talked and planed for further cooperation e.g. conducting research together, sending final year students from NUOL to run experiments at CU, organizing seminar or workshop on mining in Laos, arranging field work visits to Thailand and Laos, etc. All CU lecturers are very friendly and kind, giving us many suggestions on teaching system, providing us documentation and numbers of field work visits, and also taking very good care for us.

Finally, we would like to express our gratitude for all the supports that given to NUOL especially for Mining Engineering Division and we hope that you are continually supporting us to develop the mining field which it is very important for the development of Laos.

 

Other Activities

The 17th AUN/SEED-Net Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2010 Annual Meeting

November 8, 2010: The 17th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2010 Annual Meeting was held in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. Co-hosted and co-sponsored by ITB-BRU and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, the event was attended by 62 delegates including VIPs from Ministry of Education of Brunei Darussalam, Embassy of Japan in Brunei Darussalam, and Vice Chancellors of ITB-BRU and UBD.

The participants discussed several agenda, especially on ASEAN Engineering Journal, comments from JSUC, mid-term review results, and future strategic plan of the AUN/SEED-Net Project. It was also informed to the meeting that the Project was mentioned at the 13th ASEAN-Japan Summit Meeting as a project to be encouraged. For the next year, the meeting would be held in Cambodia chaired by Director General of ITC.

Contract Signing Ceremony with ASEAN Foundation

June 11, 2010: Following the ASEAN Foundation (AF)’s agreement to support 12 AUN/SEED-Net’s regional conferences in JFY2010, the Regional Conference Project (Phase II) Contract Signing Ceremony was held at Faculty of Engineering, CU. The contract was signed by Dr. Filemon A. Uriarte Jr., AF Executive Director, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon, AUN/SEED-Net Executive Director, with witnesses from ASEAN University Network (AUN), Embassy of Japan in Thailand, and the MIs comprising CU, BUU, and KMITL on behalf of all MIs.

After the signing the participants expressed their opinions on the AUN/SEED-Net regional conferences’ benefits and future. They all agreed that the conferences benefited the MIs, the students and the region as a whole as a platform where they could share knowledge and new technologies as well as start research cooperation. The signing ceremony was publicized on ASEAN TV and newsletters of the MIs.

Visits

May 16-20, 2010: Prof. Dr. Tsutsumi Kazuo, Asst. Prof. Dr. Vachara Peansupap, and Ms. Karnkitti Patanasuthikul paid courtesy visits to UNESCO Jakarta and Embassy of Japan in Indonesia as well as to join the COMPETENCE Meeting and related workshops arranged by UNESCO, where they actively participated in the sessions about capacity building needs and energy education for sustainable development.

July 29, 2010: Mr. Takahashi Atsushi made a visit to UNESCO Bangkok Office to acquire information on other donor countries’ activities in higher education in ASEAN region. Dr. Molly N. N. Lee, Senior Programme Specialist in Higher Education attended the meeting and shared the information.

August 2, 2010: Mr. Takahashi Atsushi and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda welcomed SEAMEO-RIHED Executive Director Prof. Dr. Supachai Yavaprabhas. The purpose of his visit was to share information about higher education activities in ASEAN especially the MIT (Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand) Student Mobility Project.

August 10, 2010: Mr. Takahashi Atsushi and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda visited AUN Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni to learn more about AUN activities with other dialogue partners especially China, South Korea, and the European Union.

August 23, 2010: The Secretariat welcomed JICA Senior Advisor Mr. Suemori Mitsuru and Mr. Nagase Tomonori from JICA Headquarters, as well as Mr. Ito Mimpei from JICA Thailand Office. The team discussed the Project’s progress, made a courtesy call to CU Dean of Engineering Faculty, and visited AUN/SEED-Net students and advisors at laboratories.

August 24, 2010: AUN/SEED-Net team led by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon participated in the 50th Anniversary Ceremony of KMITL on behalf of the AUN/SEED-Net network.

November 21-24, 2010: The Advisory Committee for the AUN/SEED-Net Project called on Thailand to exchange opinions with concerned persons regarding the Project’s achievements and impacts, current situation and future perspective of higher education particularly in the field of science and technology in Thailand and in the ASEAN region, and expectations for further cooperation after completion of the Project’s Phase II. The committee paid visits to CU, KMITL, Commission on Higher Education (CHE), Executive Director of SEAMEO-RIHED, President of Thai-Nishi Institute of Technology, JETRO Bangkok Office, and Embassy of Japan in Thailand. The visits yielded contributive views to the committee to be reported to JICA Headquarters; however, the committee emphasized that the ASEAN side needed as well to voice out the Project’s importance and impacts to the Japanese government for continuation of support beyond Phase II.

January 14, 2011: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon, Mr. Shirouzu Kenichi, and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda sought advice from AUN Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni regarding ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting (ASED) and Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

February 25, 2011: JICA-RI research team comprising of Prof. Dr. Kuroda and international graduate students at Waseda University, accompanied by Prof. Dr. Jane Knight from University of Toronto, paid a visit to AUN/SEED-Net office. Asst. Prof. Dr. Vachara Peansupap, Mr. Shirouzu Kenichi, and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda welcomed and gave them a detailed presentation of the Project’s activities. The team was impressed with our efforts and contributions to ASEAN higher education and ASEAN-Japan relationship. Both professors also gave useful comments on improvement and sustainability of the Project.

March 3-4, 2011: Mr. Shirouzu Kenichi along with Ms. Karnkitti Patanasuthikul and Ms. Dawan Subpoonpol visited Myanmar to discuss with UY, YTU, and JICA Myanmar Office regarding AUN/SEED-Net program implementation.

March 28-29, 2011: JICA Senior Advisor Mr. Suemori Mitsuru visited the Secretariat to observe the Project’s progress and give advice for improving operations and activities. He also participated in several meetings including secretariat meeting and meeting with JICA Thailand Office.

Event Participations

February 23-25, 2011: Mr. Shirouzu Kenichi and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda attended the Workshop on “Analysis of Cross-Border Higher Education for Regional Integration and Labor Market in East Asia”, arranged by SEAMEO-RIHED and JICA Research Institute (RI) on February 23-24 to present and discuss results of the research analysis. Apart from presentations on research findings, keynote presentations by several organizations including AUN/SEED-Net were given with an aim to introduce collaborative activities and share valuable experiences in cross-border higher education. The findings and the presentations showed that cross border higher education and regional cooperation have been perceived as increasingly significant for East Asia integration, but a number of challenges and issues lie ahead to be solved. The JICA-RI team also visited AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat on the following day.

March 8-9, 2011: Mr. Shirouzu Kenichi, Mr. Takahashi Atsushi, Ms. Siriporn Rungrueangtanya and Ms. Rungchalai Punninda attended the AUN – Kyoto University (KU) Workshop on “Building Academic Partnership through Collaboration and Exchange”, hosted by CU and co-organized by AUN, KU, and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) with partial sponsorships from several Japanese companies in Thailand. AUN members and KU agreed to discuss further to form concrete activities for student exchange, joint schooling program, joint supervision, and collaborative research. They would apply existing frameworks such as AUN/SEED-Net and Sustainable Energy and Environment (SEE) Forum as models to be extended to other universities or other disciplines. Mr. Takahashi also informed the participants of AUN/SEED-Net’s research database development.