October 19, 2018

The 1st SEAMEO Centre’s Policy Research Network Task Force Meeting

The 1st SEAMEO Centre’s Policy Research Network
Task Force Meeting

20-21 February 2018

Bangkok, Thailand

 

On 20-21 February 2018, SEAMEO RIHED had the pleasure of taking part in the 1st SEAMEO Centre’s Policy Research Network Task Force Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Group Photo of the Participants

 

The SEAMEO Centre’s Policy Research Network Task Force (SEA-CPRN) was first introduced as a component of the SEAMEO College, a project launched in 2013. The Policy Research Network was established to enhance the relevance and sharpen the responsiveness of SEAMEO Centres and the SEAMEO Secretariat to the needs of education leaders for policy research to address human resource development issues in the region of Southeast Asia.

 

 

Representatives of 16 SEAMEO Centres and the SEAMEO Secretariat attended the two-day Meeting to discuss the functions of the SEA-CPRN Task Force as well as develop a plan of action for the Network from 2018-2020. In addition to participation from the SEAMEO Secretariat and SEAMEO Regional Centres, Dr. Vignesh Naidu, Operations Director of the HEAD Foundation, Prof. Dr. Chanita Rukspollmuang, Assistant President of Siam University and Mr. Wesley Robert Teter, Senior Project Officer, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education also joined the Meeting to offer their perspectives on policy research needs in Southeast Asia.

 

 

The TAG-AIMS Program “Campus to Campus Connectivity (CtCC) Project” Kick-Off Symposium and The 6th SEAMEO-Tsukuba Symposium

The TAG-AIMS Program “Campus to Campus Connectivity (CtCC) Project” Kick-Off Symposium and The 6th SEAMEO-Tsukuba Symposium

11-12 February 2018

Tokyo, Japan

 

On 12 February 2018, SEAMEO RIHED and the University of Tsukuba held the TAG-AIMS Program “Campus to Campus Connectivity (CtCC) Project” Kick-Off Symposium. The TAG-AIMS Program Symposium brought together representatives of AIMS Member Universities from Japan and Southeast Asia as well as representatives of SEAMEO Centres and provided a timely opportunity to discuss current and future developments and strengthen networks within the AIMS Program.

 

Group Photo of the Participants on 12 February 2018

 

In the first half of the Symposium, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, provided an Overview of the AIMS Program and Dr. Nakao Nomura, Manager of the TAG-AIMS Programme in Japan discussed Japan’s continued involvement in the AIMS Programme. In the second half of the Symposium, participants were introduced to Tsukuba University’s Campus to Campus Connectivity Project and two dimensions were proposed for the expansion of exchange between Japan and Southeast Asia within the AIMS Programme including the promotion of research collaboration and the application of ICT for cost-sharing. AIMS representatives and representatives of SEAMEO Centres had the opportunity to discuss and exchange opinions in groups on the development of research collaboration as well as the introduction of online learning through Tsukuba University’s Course Jukebox platform.

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED, presenting an Overview of the AIMS Programme

 

Dr. Nakao Nomura, Manager, TAG-AIMS Program, presenting an overview of TAG-AIMS

 

One day prior, on 11 February 2018, SEAMEO RIHED also participated in the 6th SEAMEO-Tsukuba Symposium on the theme of Values Education and Global Citizenship: Towards the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and Progress of Society’, which was held by the Center for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED) of Tsukuba University with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. A total of 53 participants, including 35 representatives from SEAMEO Centres participated in the Symposium and final contributions from the presentations given during the Symposium will be compiled and published as a special issue of the SEAMEO Journal in 2018.

 

Group Photo of the participants on 11 February 2018

 

SEAMEO RIHED- JANU MOU Signing Ceremony

SEAMEO RIHED- JANU MOU Signing Ceremony

9 February 2018

Tokyo, Japan

 

On February 9 2018 in Tokyo, Japan, a Signing Ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between SEAMEO RIHED and the Japan Association of National Universities (JANU) was held to promote exchange and cooperation in higher education. More specifically, the MOU sets the direction for future cooperative relations between SEAMEO RIHED and JANU in the field of higher education. After the Signing Ceremony, an exchange of views and opinions regarding future collaboration was held between representatives of JANU and SEAMEO RIHED.

 

Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED and Vice President and Chairperson of International Exchange Committee, JANU, Dr. Kyosuke Nagata

 

The Signing Ceremony was attended by 6 representatives of JANU including President Juichi Yamagiwa (President, Kyoto University), Vice President Seiichi Matsuo (President, Nagoya University), Vice President and Chairperson of the International Exchange Committee Kyosuke Nagata (President, Tsukuba University), Vice President Kimiko Murofushi (President, Ochanomizu University), Senior Managing Director Kenji Yamamoto and Managing Director Masato Kitani as well as 2 representatives of SEAMEO RIHED, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director, and Philip Masterson, Programme Officer.

 

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Together with JANU, SEAMEO RIHED looks forward to a productive and beneficial partnership based around common goals of promoting cooperation in higher education and expanding exchange between Japan and the Southeast Asian region.

Group Photo

 

SYSU scholarships 2018

SYSU scholarships 2018

 

SYSU, founded by Dr Sun Yat-Sen in 1924, is a prominent research, academic and cultural institutes for talent development in South China.  It is operated under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both the Ministry and Guangdong Province.  SYSU has become a modern comprehensive multi-disciplinary university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally.  To improve its educational influence and to attract more students from all over the world, SYSU has setup the “Undergraduate Scholarship for International Students”, in support of outstanding students’ pursuit of bachelor’s degrees at SYSU.  In 2017, there were approximately 230 students received the scholarships through this programme.

Sun Yat-Sen University scholarship opportunity is now open for students from Southeast Asia to commence their study in Academic Year 2018, until 30 April 2018.
 

Please find the attached link below

Link : http://www.seameo.org/SEAMEOWeb2/images/stories/Opportunities/Study_Opportunities/2018_SYSU/

 

                                   



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