On November 16, 2020, the third periodic meeting was conducted with GAICCE via the Zoom online platform.

The Global Academia-Industry Consortium for Collaborative Education (GAICCE) online meeting was led by Assoc. Prof. Sirithan Jiemsirilers, Project Director of GAICCE, and attended by consortium members to report on the progress of the program over the last six months and discuss current strategy.

The session provided welcome news of additional consortium members, namely industrial partners Aikawa Iron Works and Biotech Japan. GAICCE has also received positive feedback on the three joint research projects with industry, especially from Takasago Thermal Engineering.

Professor Takaomi Kobayashi, Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT), and the consortium from Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and Chulalongkorn University (CU) shared opinions on the guest lecturers’ program, which due to COVID-19 has not yet been implemented. If the situation does not improve, GAICCE plans to organize an online class instead. GAICCE will decide whether to have online or on-site activity after JFY 2020. Academic mobility activities have also been postponed to the next fiscal year, with conferences and seminars, including the Annual Meeting, GAICCE Alliance Meeting, and Symposium being shifted to an online platform.

Apart from the abovementioned achievements and concrete plans which evolved after much discussion, GAICCE also shared details of the upcoming Symposium entitled Materials Science and Technology International Symposium 2020, organized by GAICCE for December 7, 2020 (online) and the 21st International Union of Materials Research Societies International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA 2020) scheduled to take place from February 23–26, 2021 in Chiang Mai.

AUN/SEED-Net would like to thank all partners for dedicating their energy and efforts to producing progressive outputs for GAICCE. In future, it is anticipated that expansion of the network through university-industry collaboration and the introduction of new consortium members will help to strengthen the implementation of further AUN/SEED-Net projects.

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