The fourth SIIT-CEP periodic meeting took place on November 26, 2020 at the Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology, marking the first campus visit of AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat after the national lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Assoc. Prof. Kriengsak Panuwatwanich, the SIIT-CEP main coordinator, welcomed representatives by showcasing his research project conducted in conjunction with a student under the SIIT-CEP scholarship.

Assoc. Prof. Kriengsak began the meeting with a report on the progress of the activities carried out by the consortium, including the number of students recruited and exchange programs.

To mitigate the disruption of academic activities and closure of country borders across the region, prompt action was taken by the SIIT-CEP to facilitate distance learning. The SIIT, together with Hokkaido University, quickly developed a comprehensive systematic technology to support distance learning, opening educational applications and platforms to enable schools and teachers to reach learners remotely. More than half of the recruited students are currently taking virtual classes offered by the two host universities.

Unfortunately, planned mobility activities as well as workshops and research collaborations among partner universities and private companies have had to be postponed.

AUN/SEED-Net would like to thank all partners for their considerable efforts in overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 and ensuring delivery of the expected outputs.To learn more about SIIT-CEP, please visit https://sites.google.com/siit.tu.ac.th/cet/scholarships/aunseed-net-cep-scholarship.