January 21, 2018

Holiday Greetings from SEAMEO RIHED!

Holiday Greetings from SEAMEO RIHED!

 

The 1st SEAMEO RIHED-DAAD Seminar and Study Visit to Germany on Higher Education Research and Innovation

The 1st SEAMEO RIHED-DAAD Seminar and Study Visit to Germany on Higher Education Research and Innovation

3-9 December 2017

 

SEAMEO RIHED and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), within the frame of its Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme, successfully organised the 1st SEAMEO RIHED-DAAD Seminar and Study Visit to Germany on Higher Education Research and Innovation from 3-9 December 2017.

The Seminar and Study Visit provided senior executives and administrators from higher education institutions and regional organisations across Southeast Asia with in-depth insight into the German higher education and research system, with a particular focus on how innovation and excellence strategies are applied. Through the Seminar and Study Visit, delegates were provided extensive opportunities to demonstrate their strengths for potential cooperation with German institutions, establish new contacts and promote cooperation with Germany’s strong network of higher education institutions, research institutes and clusters, enterprises as well as communities of scientists, researchers and academics.

SEAMEO RIHED would like to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the DAAD and The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for their generous support and kind collaboration in making the Seminar and Study Visit possible.

Over the course of the Seminar and Study Visit to Germany, 16 delegates from 8 Southeast Asian countries had the opportunity to visit leading German institutions throughout the cities of Frankfurt, Bonn, Heidelberg, Stuttgart and Munich, including: Goethe University Frankfurt, Heidelberg University, the University of Hohenheim, the Technical University of Munich and the Munich University of Applied Sciences.

The delegates also participated in the Seminar “Higher Education and Research Cooperation between Germany and Southeast Asia” organised at the DAAD Headquarters in Bonn, Germany, where delegates were provided a platform to actively exchange with German stakeholders in higher education and explore opportunities for future cooperation. In addition, all delegates had the opportunity to visit the Radio Telescope Effelsberg of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) and the Mercedes-Benz Museum as part of the visit.

 

The first day in Frankfurt, preparing for a Christmas Cruise on the River Main.

 

The first visit on 4 December 2017 at Goethe University Frankfurt, a large interdisciplinary German research university.

 

Visiting the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Headquarters in Bonn, Germany on 4 December 2017.

 

A highlight of the programme was the Seminar on “Higher Education and Research Cooperation between Germany and Southeast Asia” organised at DAAD Headquarters in Bonn on 5 December 2017.

 

Exploring the Radio Telescope Effelsberg, part of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy.

 

Visiting and making connections on 6 December 2017 at Heidelberg University, one of Europe’s oldest universities, with a focus on the fields of public health and ageing societies.

 

Sightseeing in Heidelberg and visiting the city’s Christmas Market!

 

At the University of Hohenheim on 7 December 2017.

 

The Visit focused on agricultural technology.

 

An interesting tour of automotive history at the Mercedez-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

 

At the Technical University of Munich (TUM) to learn about the German Excellence Initiative and Internationalisation Strategies on 8 December 2017.

 

The visit to the Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) on 8 December 2017 included stops at leading laboratories for internal combustion engines and automotive engineering.

 

The Presentation of Certificates of Participation to all participants.

 

 

Experts Meeting for the Academic Credit Transfer Framework for Asia (ACTFA)

Experts Meeting for the Academic Credit Transfer Framework for Asia (ACTFA)

12-13 December 2017

Pathumwan Princess Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

 

On 12-13 December 2017, SEAMEO RIHED organised the Expert Meeting for the Academic Credit Transfer for Asia (ACTFA) Project at Patumwan Princess Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. The meeting was attended by representatives of higher education institutions of Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) University Consortium and respective governments, namely, Cambodia, P.R. China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Marking the end of Phase II of ACTFA project, a project with the support of Asian Development Bank, the 2-day meeting shared the results of project activities and served as a venue to discuss a way forward for the GMS community to further work together to unite and harmonise higher education systems in the region. The meeting was collaboratively facilitated by SEAMRO RIHED and Prof. Dr. Taiji Hotta, Vice-Executive of International Planning, Hiroshima University, Japan.

 

 

On Day 1, the meeting first briefed the project development and updates during the Implementation phase II: Experiment, which include the launch of GMS-UC, implementation of a series of technical workshops and capacity building workshops. The meeting, then, invited Prof. Dr. Taiji Hotta to share the results of project activities, disseminating data obtained from the past ACTFA workshops and focusing on issues and challenges regarding Mutual Recognition and Trust, one of the ACTFA Four Pillars. The session involved the brainstorming discussion, in which the participants were invited to share ideas to come up with a list of national priorities for building Mutual Recognition and Trust through strengthening three components: University Condition, Information Package and Syllabus.

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, gives the Welcoming Remarks to officially open the meeting

 

Following the interactive discussion, SEAMEO RIHED had the opportunity to share the result of surveys conducted on the member universities of GMS-UC during the ACTFA technical workshops in 2016. The presentation highlighted some of the findings obtained from the analysis of survey responses, addressing issues of the management of student mobility programmes and credit transfer.

 

Prof. Dr. Taiji Hotta, Vice-Executive of International Planning, Hiroshima University, Japan, facilitates the discussion The government and university representatives work together on developing national priorities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2 of the meeting began with the SEAMEO RIHED’s presentation on the overview of the draft publication that consolidates project outputs, followed by the introduction of the ACTFA Reference Table. The meeting, then, invited Prof. Dr. Taiji Hotta once again to facilitate the interactive sessions that led the participants discuss how we, as the GMS-UC, can work together to improve and enhance essential components for achieving regionally harmonised higher education systems, including credit transfer system and other supporting mechanism at the institutional level.

Overall, the meeting facilitated the productive discussion and suggestions, bringing together inputs and reflection from the participants. We thank all of you for making the meaningful discussion happen.

 

 

International Symposium on Sophia ASEAN International Mobility for Student (SAIMS) Program

International Symposium on Sophia ASEAN International Mobility for Student (SAIMS) Program

“Looking Back, Looking Forward”

24 November 2017, Sophia University, Japan

 

On 24 November 2017, SEAMEO RIHED had an honour to be invited to the International Symposium on Sophia ASEAN International Mobility for Student (SAIMS) Program: “Looking Back, Looking Forward”, organised by Sophia University, Japan.

The Sophia University, an AIMS participating universities, organised the half-day Symposium to share and highlight achievements, lessons learned and challenges of the program implementation. On behalf of SEAMEO RIHED, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, attended the event and presented the keynote speech “Expanding Common Space in Higher Education between ASEAN and Japan: How AIMS will contribute to deepening the ASEAN-Japan collaboration through enhanced student and academic mobility”.

Special thanks to Sophia University for the warm invitation to this great event!

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED gives the keynote speech at the Symposium

 

6th ASEMME Education Minister’s Meeting

6th ASEMME Education Minister’s Meeting

21-22 November 2017

Seoul, Republic of Korea

 

The 6th ASEM Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASEMME6) was successfully concluded last 21-22 November 2017. For the past 10 years, it has been a unique and useful platform where cooperation in the field of Higher Education is discussed between the countries from two continents, Asia and Europe. The ASEMME6 paved the way for Asian and European high officials to review the achievements of the past 10 years and envision higher education cooperation strategies for the future decade.

SEAMEO RIHED had the honor to attend this event with sincere gratitude to the hosts and organizers, specifically the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea, and the ASEM Education Secretariat (AES).

 

Group photo of the participants

 

Asian and European higher education policymakers during the meeting.

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Crentre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, as part of the meeting

 

 

ASEAN-China Forum for Private Higher Education Development and Cooperation

ASEAN-China Forum for Private Higher Education
Development and Cooperation

29 November – 1 December 2017

University of Sanya, P.R. China

 

On 29 November – 1 December 2017, SEAMEO RIHED had the honor of co-organizing the ASEAN-China Forum for Private Higher Education Development and Cooperation in the University of Sanya (USY), P. R. China. This forum has successfully introduced and initiate cooperation between the private higher education institutions from ASEAN and P.R. China.

Mme. Yang Siu-ping, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC), Prof. Lu Dan, President of USY, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED and other high officials from Sanya Municipal Government and regional organisations led the inaugural session. The event was also graced by keynote speakers from both ASEAN and P.R. China, each sharing their own experience and perspective from their home country’s private higher education situation.

Delegates participated in the productive breakout sessions where they discussed topics such as developing positive university-government relationship, mutual learning and complementary development for private higher education institutions particularly in tourism management, as well as the direction and way forward for ASEAN-China private higher education cooperation.

The event ended celebrating the signing of the Strategic Cooperation Framework for ASEAN-China Private Higher Education Institutions, which they have called the Sanya Declaration, wherein SEAMEO RIHED, together with the ACC, signed as witness.

SEAMEO RIHED would like to thank the University of Sanya for graciously hosting such a wonderful event in the beautiful city of Sanya!

Photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/0d8r2zwZhyUPOP1f2

 

Signing ceremony of the Strategic Cooperation Framework for ASEAN-China Private Higher Education Institutions

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, Prof. Lu Dan, President of USY

 

Group photo of the participants

 

 

 

Education Dialogue: Future Proofing Graduates & Going

Global 2018 Steering Committee Meeting

29-30 November 2017, Malaysia

 

 

On 29 November 2017, SEAMEO RIHED had an honour to be invited as a panelist in the “Education Dialogue: Future Proofing Graduates”, organised by the British Council in collaboration with Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia, and Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. As a part of serial initiatives leading to the Going Global 2018 to be held on 2-4 May 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the Dialogue took place at the Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, focusing on skills and platform needed by graduates in relation to their employability. On behalf of SEAMEO RIHED, Ms.  Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director, shared the organisational experiences and regional initiatives to help students in the region to develop skills and competencies needed for current and future society, as well as challenges we face.

 

 

SEAMEO RIHED takes a photo with other panelists who led the Dialogue, together with representatives from British Council and Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia.

 

On behalf of SEAMEO RIHED, Ms.  Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director, shared the organisational experiences and regional initiatives at the policy level to help students to develop future-relevant skills, as well as challenges the region faces

 

On the next day, 30 November 2017, SEAMEO RIHED attended the Going Global 2018 Steering Committee Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia hosted by the British Council. Together with regional stakeholders in higher education, the Committee discussed on the planning and organisation of the event in the next year, where diverse stakeholders will be invited to discuss on a theme of “Global connections, local impact”.

 

As a Steering Committee Member, SEAMEO RIHED was invited to the Going Global 2018 Steering Committee Meeting, organised on 30 November 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Committee discussed matters regarding the planning and organization of the Going Global Conference 2018 that will be held on 2-4 May 2018 in Malaysia.

 

Special thanks to British Council for the warm invitation and great hospitality. We hope to see a great success in the upcoming Conference in May 2018.

 

 

The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21)

The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21)

Youth with Disabilities: Shaping inclusive ASEM Societies

Open Call for Application!

The ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU) is a 2-week experiential learning journey and “Interdisciplinary Innovathon” to foster cross-cultural exchanges and networks among the ASEM youth. ASEFSU takes place annually, each year tackling a different theme of socio-political concern within Asia and Europe. The project offers young people the unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge on contemporary issues and propose concrete solutions to societal challenges.

The 21st ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU21) will focus on the topic “Youth with Disabilities: Shaping inclusive ASEM Societies”. ASEF will organise ASEFSU21 in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia) and the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) from 27 January – 10 February 2018.
Application for participation is now open for ASEM young professionals and students.

For further information, visit https://asiaeuropefoundation.formstack.com/forms/asefsu21_open_call.

 

 

1st Working Group (WG) Meeting for the Research Project on the Experiences and Outcomes of the Students Participating in the AIMS Programme

1st Working Group (WG) Meeting for the Research Project on the Experiences and Outcomes of the Students Participating in the AIMS Programme

17  November  2017

Seoul, Republic of Korea

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to attend the 1st WG Meeting for the Research Project on the Experiences and Outcomes of the Students Participating in the AIMS Programme on 17 November 2017 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Research WG members from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan and Republic of Korea collectively identified the roles and responsibilities of the newly established Research WG and documented them in the Terms of Reference (TOR). Dr. Romyen Kosaikanont, nominated representative from Thailand, was elected to be the Chair of the Research WG to report current and future progress of the research to the AIMS Steering Committee. SEAMEO RIHED, also had the honor to be elected as the Co-Chair.

The research team from the Republic of Korea presented the research framework, and, together with the rest of the Research WG members, discussed the management, implementation and data utilization.

SEAMEO RIHED extends its gratitude to the Higher Education Policy Research Institute (HEPRI), Republic of Korea for hosting the meeting, with support from the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea and the Korean Council for University Education (KCUE), in the beautiful and historical Korea University! The Research Working Group is looking forward to welcome WG Members from Brunei Darussalam and Vietnam to join us in the future meetings!

 

 

Participants of the 1st Working Group (WG) Meeting for the Research Project on the Experiences and Outcomes of the Students Participating in the AIMS Programme

 

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, handing a token of appreciation to Mr. Hyeonseok Shin, Dean of College of Education, Korea University

 

 

Prof. Dr. Hye-Jeong Kim of Chung Ang University presenting the Research Framework

 

 

Call for Application: Proposal Writing Courses for Research Grants (Thailand)

University of Cologne, DAAD and HRK in cooperation with local partners are happy to inform you that the Call for Applications for the next DIES- Training Course on Proposal Writing Courses for Research Grants: Practical-oriented Training for New Researchers in Thailand 2018 is out now. In order to receive as many qualified applications as possible we are kindly asking you to disseminate this information and the call as widely as possible amongst your networks and colleagues.

Course Dates:

Seminar I:   February 5th – 9th, 2018, Thailand 
E-Learning Module:   February – May 2018     
Seminar II:    September 3rd – 7th, 2018, Thailand

 

The aim of DIES ProGRANT is to train researchers and young PhD holders in developing a promising proposal for national or international research funding (every participant will have the opportunity to tailor their application to the funding institution of their choice). Researchers from all disciplines can apply for this course. Each group will consist of 30 participants from the region. Because of its multicultural nature, DIES ProGRANT is also an effective tool for promoting international research and relationships.

Potential participants are researchers and PhD-holders from Thailand and Malaysia.

Selection criteria are that participants:

  • Must hold a doctoral degree or have equivalent research experience
  • Have an affiliation to an academic institution in the above mentioned countries
  • Possess excellent English language skills, both written and spoken
  • Be preferably at the beginning or middle stages of their research career.

30 participants will be selected according to the quality of their exposé and also based on regional and institutional profiles. Applicants will be given a final decision by early January 2018.

The costs for this training course will be mainly covered by funds of the DAAD (travel expenses, accommodation and meals, course expenses).

Participants and/or their home institutions are expected to cover local transportation in their home countries (for example: taxi to airport), visa costs (if applicable) and possible additional per diems for the stay in Thailand. 

Deadline for applications is December 14th 2017, 11:00 pm German time.

For detailed information concerning the application requirements and process please see call for application attached and http://proposalwriting.globalsouth.uni-koeln.de.

Following the link under “Information for Applicants” you will find the Online Application Form, which will be available on November 13th2017.

 

Download file : 

2018 ProGRANT Call Thailand