On October 29, 2020, the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net conducted a monitoring session for ongoing students under the scholarship programs at Chulalongkorn University (CU), Bangkok, Thailand. The purpose of the session was to review the performance of the scholars, provide an update on the scholarship rules and financial regulations, and inform students of the exclusive opportunities with AUN/SEED-Net following graduation.

More than 20 participants participated in the session including scholars, advisors, officers from CU International School of Engineering (ISE), and AUN-SEED-Net Secretariats. All 13 PhD scholars from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and the Philippines studying in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Natural Disaster fields, actively updated the group on the progress of their studies as well as the difficulties encountered during the novel coronavirus situation. The monitoring session delivered satisfactory outcomes, with AUN/SEED-Net confirming strong and proper support to enable the scholars to continue with their studies, meetings, training, and research, especially during this difficult time. In the event that the scholars’ academic progress is severely impacted, AUN/SEED-Net would allow those affected by COVID-19 to extend their scholarship period with the full living allowance on a case by case basis. In addition, AUN/SEED-Net recently provided the scholars with up to USD 300 (THB 9,500) for purchasing scientific literature as an extraordinary benefit to complement their learning under this changing and challenging context.

Rigorous monitoring sessions under AUN/SEED-Net scholarship programs are being held at all Host Institutions (HIs) to promote wellbeing and ensure all scholars complete the program. Should any scholars have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact AUN/SEED-Net.