October 20, 2018

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.

 

 

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

 

 

2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) Seminar and Round Table Meeting

2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) 
Seminar and Round Table Meeting
The Role of Quality Assurance in ASEAN Economic Community
25-26 September 2017
Champasak Province, Lao PDR

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to participate in the 2017 ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN) Seminar “The Role of Quality Assurance in ASEAN Economic Community” and attend as an honorary member in the 2017 AQAN Roundtable Meeting on 25-26 September 2017 in Champasak Province, Lao PDR.
The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the host country, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR; AQAN President, Rear Admiral Wachara Karunyavanij, Deputy Director, Office for National Education Standards and Quality Assessment (ONESQA), Thailand; and H.E. Mme Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune, Minister of Education and Sports, Lao PDR, who graciously presided at the Opening.
The Seminar explored the regional developments on ASEAN Quality Assurance Framework (AQAF) and ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF) and shared experiences on External Quality Assurance (EQA’s) role and system, and Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) practices, with interesting presentations from Lao PDR and fellow countries in ASEAN and Japan. SEAMEO RIHED was delighted to deliver a presentation about its university network and student mobility developments, in particular the ASEAN International Mobility of Students (AIMS) Programme.
The 2017 AQAN Roundtable Meeting held in conjunction with the seminar has been productive in reporting the activities and achievements of the network for the year 2016-2017. The meeting expressed appreciation to Thailand for the successful completion of the 3-year term as President of AQAN and congratulated Indonesia, for assuming the Presidency of AQAN working with the new set of executive committee for the next three years.
SEAMEO RIHED would like to thank AQAN for the gracious invitation and the Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR for warmly hosting the seminar and roundtable meeting in the wonderful and green province of Champasak, Lao PDR.

 

Photo credit of group photo: MoES, Lao PDR

Participants of the 2017 AQAN Seminar

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Saykhong Saynasine, Director General, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES), Lao PDR

 

H.E. Mme Sengdeuan Lachanthaboune, Minister of Education and Sports, Lao PDR

 

Ms. Supansa Pinkaja, Programme Officer, presenting SEAMEO RIHED’s work in university network and student mobility developments.

 

Participants of the 2017 AQAN Round Table Meeting

 

SEAMEO RIHED, as the honorary member of AQAN, presided the elections for the new Executive Committee.

 

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

The First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum

14-15 June 2017

Manila, Philippines

 

SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure to attend the First ASEAN Student Mobility Forum last 14-15 June 2017 in Conrad Hotel, Manila, Philippines. It has been a wonderful opportunity for the Alumni from the three existing mobility schemes in the region, namely, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development’s (SEAMEO RIHED) AIMS Programme, ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union’s SHARE Programme and ASEAN University Network’s ASEAN Credit Transfer System (AUN-ACTS) to gather and share their experiences together as participants of their respective mobility programmes.

Alumni from each Southeast Asian mobility scheme presented the background of their respective student mobility schemes and their experiences as its recipients in the session: The Current Picture of Regional Student Mobility in ASEAN. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, accompanied Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, an AIMS Programme (formerly M-I-T Student Mobility Programme) Alumni as panel members in the aforementioned session.

Alumni from the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship also participated in the event and actively expressed both the good and bad of their experiences as mobilised and internationalised students.

Apart from this forum being beneficial for the students and alumni, this forum has also been remarkably advantageous for the policy and decision makers for higher education in the region. With all the resource persons gathered, they have started to map out the current set up of the various student mobility schemes in the region.

One of the highlights of the forum was the ASEAN Debate where the students were asked to represent their respective countries to form a national team in an ASEAN-style meeting briefly presenting the strengths and weaknesses of higher education in each ASEAN Member Country.

These are all thanks to the SHARE Programme Team led by the British Council and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Office of the President, and National Organizing Committee, Republic of the Philippines for organising and hosting this fruitful event.

 

More than 200 participants attended the First SHARE Student Mobility Forum

 

Students representing their country in the ASEAN Debate

 

Ms. Karnkeerati Uakulwarawat, AIMS Alumni, and Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED as panel members during the session: The Current Picture of Student Mobility in ASEAN.

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, receiving her token of appreciation from Mr. Napoleon Imperial, Director IV of CHED.

 

OHEC Retreat Meeting Strengthening the Partnership between SEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE

OHEC Retreat Meeting Strengthening the Partnership betweenSEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE

31 May 2017

Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok

 

On 31 May 2017, representatives from SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education (SEAMEO RIHED), ASEAN University Network (AUN) and European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE), attended the retreat meeting hosted by the Office of the Higher Education Commission (OHEC). A momentous meeting was concluded identifying the common goals and strategic strength of each regional higher education agencies.

The purpose of this meeting was to strengthen higher education cooperation among ASEAN member states by identifying linkages and gaps between missions, initiatives, and strategic directions of the SEAMEO RIHED, AUN, and SHARE. OHEC laid the foundation of this discussion by presenting information on efforts and current status of higher education cooperation in ASEAN, particularly on regionalization and internationalization.

SEAMEO RIHED is sending its sincere gratitude to OHEC for making this fruitful event possible.

 

Group photo of the participants

 

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bundit Thipakorn chairing the meeting  

 

The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

The 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China

On Enhancing Higher Education Collaboration in the Fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science 

23-30 April 2017 in Haikou-Sanya, Hainan Province, P.R. China

 

Following the success of the three previous study visit programmes to China, SEAMEO RIHED, in collaboration with the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP), organised the 4th SEAMEO RIHED-ACC Study Visit Programme to China from 23-30 April 2017 to visit Hainan Province (Haikou and Sanya) of P.R. China. The Programme was exclusively designed for institutional leaders and higher education officials from Southeast Asia to provide extensive opportunity to gain in-depth understanding of the Chinese higher education system and its outstanding institutions in Hainan Province, and to explore networking and future academic collaborations, particularly in the fields of Foreign Language and Culture, Tourism and Hospitality, Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Medicine, and Marine Science.

 

SEAMEO RIHED would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) and the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) for their generous support and kind collaboration for making this Study Visit Programme possible.

 

During the Study Visit, 12 delegates from 7 Southeast Asian Countries had the opportunity to visit 7 renowned institutions in Haikou and Sanya of Hainan Province, namely Hainan University, Hainan Normal University, Hainan Medical University, Hainan Tropical Ocean University, Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education, Sanya University, and the Spice and Beverage Research Institute. Taking the privilege of being the only Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in China, Hainan Province has recently become a captivating spot for both tourism and investment. In order to respond to a massive growth, the Hainan Provincial Government has continuously implemented a strategy of developing Hainan through education and technology.

 

In addition, “the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN” was convened on 26 April 2017 at Baohua Harbour View Hotel. Participants from both ASEAN and China introduced their institutions and actively discussed the possibility of future academic cooperation and exchanges between ASEAN and Hainan HEIs.

 

Delegates from ASEAN and Hainan HEIs, SEAMEO RIHED, ACC, and EDHP taking a group photo during the 2017 ASEAN-China Seminar on Academic Research & Exchanges: Foster Educational Quality through International Collaboration: Academic Research and Exchange between Hainan and ASEAN

 

H.E. Mme. Yang Xiuping, Secretary-General of the ASEAN-China Centre (ACC) during her welcome speech at the Seminar emphasising the importance of education cooperation and exchanges between China and ASEAN

 

Mr. Li Yuenan, Deputy Director General of the Education Department of Hainan Province (EDHP) delivering his welcome speech highlighting the strong ties between Hainan and ASEAN particularly in education cooperation and exchanges as well as trade and investment

 

Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai, Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED underlining commitments of SEAMEO RIHED in strengthening higher education cooperation and collaborations between China and the Southeast Asian Region

 

MoU Signing Ceremony between Gunadarma University and Hainan Tropical Ocean University

 

 Delegates visited Hainan University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Normal University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Medical University

 

Delegates visited Hainan Foreign Language College of Professional Education

 

Delegates visited Hainan Tropical Ocean University

 

Delegates visited Sanya University

 

List of Delegates (in alphabetical orders):

1) Mr. Sary Mam, Official, Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Cambodia

 

2) Dr. Ir. Hotniar Siringoringo, M.Sc., Head of Institute for Research, Gunadarma University, Indonesia

 

3) Dr. Renny Haryono, SE., MM., Head of Career Center, Gunadarma University, Indonesia

 

4) Dr. Sitha Khemmarath, Vice President, Savannakhet University, Lao PDR

 

5) Prof. Dr. Ir. Sr. Suhaimi Abdul Talib, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

 

6) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Yamin Bin Yasin, Chief Executive, INTEC Education College, University Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia

 

7) Dr. Win Swe, Principal (Pro-Rector), Mandalar Degree College, Myanmar

 

8) Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chompoonuh K. Permpoonwiwat, Associate Dean for Research and International Relations, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

 

9) Asst. Prof. Dr. Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Deputy Dean for Administration and Planning, Graduate School, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

 

10) Ms. Sukalin Wanakasemsan, Deputy Director, Office of International Affairs and Global Network, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

 

11) Ms. Hathaiwan Tunyapanich, Lecturer/Assistant Secretary to the University Council, North Eastern University, Thailand

 

12) Dr. Thuy T. T. Nguyen, Senior Official, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam

 

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Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education

Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts

Jakarta, Indonesia

10-11 April 2017

 

SEAMEO RIHED has the pleasure to participate at the Special Meeting of the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Education (Special SOM-ED) on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts on 10-11 April 2017, in Jakarta, Indonesia, organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the European Union Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN region (SHARE).

 

The Special SOM-ED on Higher Education and Technical Meeting of ASEAN Higher Education Experts brought together over 60 delegates comprising senior officials in higher education from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and representatives from SEAMEO RIHED, SEAMEO Secretariat, ASEAN Quality Assurance Network (AQAN), ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat, AUN Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net), ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF), Asia-Europe Institute, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. SEAMEO RIHED would like to express appreciation to SHARE and the ASEAN Secretariat for hosting the Meetings.

 

The delegates of the Meetings shared updates on higher education activities under ASEAN and partner organisations, and explored ways to synergise efforts in higher education development and harmonisation for the benefits of the Southeast Asian region, in particular on scholarship and student mobility, credit transfer, Qualifications Framework, and Quality Assurance. The Meetings also discussed ways to align higher education initiatives and improve coordination between organisations working on higher education in the region. Ms. Phunyanuch Pattanotai (Aom), Programme Director of SEAMEO RIHED, provided updates and progress of SEAMEO RIHED’s work on student mobility and credit transfer at the Meetings.