Message from Executive

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For nearly one and a half decade, our project has contributed significantly to human resource development in ASEAN region. I believe that our efforts have been rewarded, and also each member has been providing an important contribution towards our current goals: to establish a region-wide system for advanced education and research by Member Institutions, in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

In the year of 2015, AUN/SEED-Net has continued the process towards the future direction of the project in the discussion of the framework for Post-Phase 3, as Phase 3 will be finishing in March 2018. In terms of program implementation, the year 2015 as the third year of Phase 3 was well under way and each sub-program has been on the track and very active. The smooth implementation of our programs and activities has been found in graduate degree programs, collaborative research programs, mobility and networking programs, and university – industry linkage activities. We have produced nearly twelve hundreds of graduates who today play important roles in their country’s development in higher educational institutions and beyond – from government to industry.

Remarkably, Thailand boasts the highest number, 362 of graduates under AUN/SEED-Net scholarship, and many of them returned to their institutions in other ASEAN countries and became faculty staff that could produce the 2nd generation of scholars further in return.We also have PhD graduates in Japan who got a job offer from the Japanese cooperate right after finishing their studies. Moreover, we continuously support and promote the sharing of knowledge and strengthening of relationships in the network through activities such as annual regional academic conferences, short-term research and promotional visits in ASEAN and Japan, dispatch of Japanese professors, and many more.

In addition, as you may know, AUN/SEED-Net is publishing ASEAN Engineering Journal. Most recently, from the beginning of May 2016, all of ASEAN Engineering Journal Part A, Part B, and Part C are indexed by Thailand Citation Index; whereas, Part B and Part C both have just been indexed by ASEAN Citation Index. As this report demonstrates, we are working together to equip graduate students and faculty staffs with advanced engineering education, research /teaching skills, and networking to succeed in academia and positively impact society as a whole.

AUN/SEED-Net is now recognized more in the national governmental level. During the 7th ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials Meeting on Education, held at Petaling Jaya, Malaysia from 23rd to 26th May 2016, Ministers highly noted and expressed appreciation on AUN/SEED-Net Programs in term of comprising higher education cooperation, capacity building on higher education, increases of linkages between universities, and promote of credit transfers between universities in the region.

In this regard, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all members for their unwavering support and participation in our project. It is my sincere belief that AUN/SEED-Net has been and will continue playing a key role in the development of human resources in the field of engineering for the region.

Prof. Dr. UEDA Tamon
Acting Executive Director and Chief Advisor
AUN/SEED-Net
August 2016

Introduction

Due to the need for sustainable development after the economic downturn in ASEAN region in 1997, ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) was officially established as a sub-network under the auspices of ASEAN University Network (AUN) in 2001 from leaders’ initiatives derived at earlier meetings related to ASEAN – Japan Summit.

Full operation of AUN/SEED-Net Project started in 2003 with main support from the Japanese Government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Member Institutions and Member Governments. The network of AUN/SEED-Net is composed of 26 Member Institutions from 10 ASEAN countries selected from leading institutions in engineering in respective countries. Project activities have been implemented by the Member Institutions and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with support from 14 leading Japanese Supporting Universities and JICA Project Office for AUN/SEED-Net.

Phase 1: March 2003-March 2008
Phase 2: March 2008-March 2013
Phase 3: March 2013-March 2018

 

Framework of Phase 3

The framework of Phase 3 drawing strategic direction of project implementation throughout the five-year time frame is as follows;

Vision

Southeast Asia and Japan are developed sustainably through development of innovative and highly skilled human resources in engineering field.

Missions

  • To nurture internationally competitive personnel with multicultural awareness through academic cooperation among leading engineering higher education institutions in ASEAN and Japan;
  • To advance engineering education and research capacities of leading engineering higher education institutions in the region through collaboration and solidarity between the institutions and industrial sectors in ASEAN and Japan.

Project Purpose

Region-wide system for advanced research and education is established by Member Institutions in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

Expected Output

  • Linkage among Member Institutions, industries, and communities is strengthened.
  • System to conduct research activities addressing common regional issues is established.
  • Research and educational capacities of faculty staff of Member Institutions are enhanced.
  • Academic network among Member is strengthened.

Targeted Operation Strategy

To accomplish the missions, a consortium of graduate schools of engineering was established to produce graduates with higher degrees of international standard by utilizing human resources from leading Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities.

10 engineering fields have been identified and assigned to Member Institutions to serve as a focal point in hosting and providing graduate degree study in related fields. Host Institutions are responsible for managing activities of the Project including training young academic staff from other members in the fields with academic assistance from Japanese Supporting Universities.

AUN/SEED-Net provides integrated support of scholarships, grants for faculty development and network establishment. Our scholars receive a package of scholarship and research funding during study and after graduation. Academic exchanges and staff mobility are promoted through several programs to facilitate joint supervision of students and research collaboration.

In addition, AUN/SEED-Net provides financial support for Member Institutions to organize Regional Conference as a forum for academics, students and professionals to share and exchange knowledge as well as to further collaboration among related sectors.

Through these project activities, AUN/SEED-Net has contributed to enhancing capacity of Member Institutions as well as addressing regional common issues in all dimensions through research funding which extensively helps to promote science and technology in the region.