Message from Executive

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The AUN/SEED-Net project has significantly contributed to developing human resource in the ASEAN region for more than a decade and a half. I believe that our endeavor has turned tangible, while each Member Institution has been being a gearing essence to accomplish our current goal: to establish a region-wide system for advanced education and research by Member Institutions in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

As the end of Phase III of the project in March 2018 is imminent, AUN/SEED-Net has put a more concrete emphasis on the future directions and the framework for Post-Phase III in the year of 2016. In the meantime, in terms of program implementation in the year of 2016 as the fourth year of Phase III, contributive implementation of our programs has been notably found in the graduate degree programs, collaborative research programs, mobility and networking programs, and university – industry linkage programs. Myriad graduates fostered by our scholarship are nowadays playing an important

role in steering the development of higher education and calibrating the linkage between university and industry in their countries. Many of these graduates became faculty staffs who, needless to say, could further educate the 2nd generation of scholars in their homelands. Not limited to producing faculty staff, we are continuously encouraging knowledge sharing and reinforcing relationship within the network through various activities such as Regional Conference, Short-Term Research and Visits in ASEAN and Japan, Japanese Professors Dispatch, etc.

As one of the virtues to document our achievement, AUN/SEED-Net has continuously been strengthening ASEAN Engineering Journal. All parts of ASEAN Engineering Journal; Part A, Part B, and Part C had been indexed by Thailand Citation Index and later in May 2016 by ASEAN Citation Index. For the time being, we are relentlessly putting an effort to attain other internationally recognized index namely Scopus in order to mark AEJ as one of the means contributing to knowledge sharing in the society.

In addition, on August 20, 2016, AUN/SEED-Net was awarded by Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), one of our Member Institutions since Phase I, for the contribution to higher engineering education of Indonesia and ITB under the event titled “Commemoration of 96th Year Indonesian Higher Engineering Education”. The event has been held to award individuals, groups of people, and organizations, selected by the Committee chaired by Vice Rector and representatives nominated by faculties, to recognize their contribution to higher engineering education. This award underscores commitment and common goals of AUN/SEED-Net to work toward enhancing higher engineering education in not only Indonesia but also the ASEAN region as a whole.

Lastly, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all organizations and our friends for all the efforts that make our achievement possible and strengthen our network. I hope you would find your contribution in our success. I assure that AUN/SEED-Net can achieve more than where we were so that our sustainable future leads us towards growth and prosperity of ASEAN and Japan continuously.

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Prof. Dr. UEDA Tamon
Chief Advisor and Acting Executive Director
AUN/SEED-Net
August 2017

Introduction

Due to the need for sustainable development after the economic downturn in ASEAN region in 1997, 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.