: Executive Director
Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon
Message from JICA Thailand Office
In 2008, AUN/SEED-Net
started the second Phase with the strong commitment of all member institutions and stakeholders concerned.
Although the world is currently suffering a serious economic recession, the significance of AUN/SEED-Net
It was in the late 1990's that the idea of establishing AUN/SEED-Net as a regional human resources network center was announced by the Government of Japan.
At that time, Asian countries, including Thailand, were facing the hardship of the Asian Economic Crisis, and they recognized the necessity that higher education institutions in the ASEAN
region be strengthened, to produce a sufficient number of engineers in response to industry needs.
I also believe that human resources development is really significant in times of economic downturn.
is well established as a "regional public good", we expect all alumni members will contribute to finding solutions for the socio-economic problems of the region, such as global climate change, new processing methods, and so forth, in order to promote our economic activities.
To achieve that goal, it is necessary to utilize not only the knowledge and skills gained, but also to leverage the human network among ASEAN countries, and Japan.
There are movements among the member institutions to make a MOU; a Memorandum of Understanding between two or more institutions, in the specific field of engineering, which is one example of deepened networking.
Several regional conferences, upgraded from the previous Field-Wise Seminar, have resulted in active discussions, and the promotion of collaborative research.
It is my hope that ASEAN countries and Japan will flourish together, while respecting and making the best use of each country's diversity.
In the last Steering Committee
in Japan, there was lively discussion on the expectations for the future of AUN/SEED-Net
On behalf of the ASEAN Foundation
, I congratulate the ASEAN University Network Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) for a successful and fruitful 2008.
We look forward to a continuing partnership with AUN/SEED-Net
that will help build the ASEAN Community.
Since its official launch in 2003, AUN/SEED-Net
has been one of the most successful cooperation between ASEAN
Remarkable progress and achievements have been made possible by great endeavour of strong partnership among our friends from ASEAN
Now, the successful journey shall continue to the Phase II of the project.
The detailed plan for the Phase II of the project has been officially endorsed through the MOU signing ceremony between the Member Institutions
on 22nd October 2008 in accordance with the finalised resolutions from the 13th Steering Committee Meeting and Year
2007 Annual Meeting in August 2007.
With our spirit of unity, I am certain that AUN/SEED-Net
will grow stronger and become the integral part in contributing to the integration of the envisioned ASEAN community as well as consolidating relationship and networking with Japan which will lead us toward the bright future of mutual prosperity.
As a result of the preliminary survey conducted with all members, AUN/SEED-Net
came up with the strategic plan for this 2nd Phase.
For sustainable industrial development of ASEAN
, the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) Project was established as an autonomous sub-network of the ASEAN University Network
(AUN) in April 2001 from the initiatives of former Japanese Prime Ministers H.E.
is supported mainly by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency
(JICA), and partially by the ASEAN Foundation
Activities are implemented by the Member Institutions
and the AUN/SEED-Net
Secretariat with the support of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net
, now based at Chulalongkorn University
With a view to effectively utilising regionally available human resources for upgrading higher engineering education, AUN/SEED-Net seeks to activate internationally competitive personnel in leading engineering educational institutions in the region for advancing academic cooperation on an equal footing and for providing educational and technical assistance to less advanced engineering institutions and to promote collaboration and solidarity between academics and professionals in the region through the cross-border and region-wise development of engineering education and research capabilities.
The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net
and the list of host fields and HIs
are illustrated in the figure and Table 1 below.
Due to more serious competition with other scholarship programs regionally and worldwide, a tendency of gradual decrease of number of applications to AUN/SEED-Net
Our research is "Soft Magnesium Ferrite Nanocrystallites for Applications in Microwave Frequencies", a collaborative reserach of USM, UY and Tokyo Institute of Technology
(TIT) sponsored by AUN/SEED-Net
It is the preparation of soft magnesium ferrite nanocrystallites for applications in microwave frequency range.
This product is a solution for EMI problem (EMI suppression: cable filtering, computer and peripherals, communication systems) and electromagnetic shielding in sensitive human implants to our society which always seeks new technology.
Finally, we are grateful to AUN/SEED-Net
supported by JICA, USM and TIT
for the financial support and encouragement to conduct this research.
Through AUN/SEED-Net, I could study manufacturing engineering deeply for my master's degree at UM.
Knowledge of product design and manufacturing are in my hand right now, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Zahari Taha.
My soft-skill on conducting research and experiment was sharpened up through interactions with students, researchers, experts and staff at Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing UM
Also, my personalities were well developed by making relations and interaction with social life among international community.
My knowledge increased rapidly during two years in Malaysia.
Through AUN/SEED-Net again, I continued my doctoral study in mechanical engineering at Keio University.
In details, 29 individuals from nine SIs applied to this program and six of them were AUN/SEED-Net
alumni (4) and current Master's students (2).
The open house, organized by SIs, would be a place where prospective candidates acquired comprehensive information about the AUN/SEED-Net
scholarship and study programs not only through the presentation by HIs
but also the sharing of experience by AUN/SEED-Net
Nonetheless, unlike the promotional trip, no fund from the project was input but concerned SIs and HIs
were requested to support expenses incurred as a part of the contribution to the sustainability of the network.
In this fiscal year, due to late invitation sent from SIs as well as late notification from AUN/SEED-Net
, only few HIs
sent their representatives to the event.
Some other HIs
showed their keen interests but did not join in this year for they needed longer time to secure budget and to assign representatives for the open house.
As a result, advance invitation would be forwarded 2-3 months prior to the event so as to enable participation of more HIs
in the following years.
Looking back when I first joined AUN/SEED-Net
, it is also the same time when I began my university lectureship at the department of civil engineering.
To me, I am now carrying out two research topics supported by AUN/SEED-Net
In addition to the grant from AUN/SEED-Net
, three alumni from HCMUT, UP and USM
integrated the proposed research projects with fund from other sources.
The summary of participated alumni and their research projects under the program is given in Table 9 below.
For the Leave for Study/Research Purpose, two master's students requested for the leave and got approvals from AUN/SEED-Net
as described in Table 10.
In 2004, I received a scholarship from AUN/SEED-Net
for the PhD Sandwich program in Chemical Engineering.
Most of them knew AUN/SEED-Net
from words of mouth (introduction by others) and seminars, as shown in Chart 17.
From this data, we can conclude that promotion of the network by network members on any occasion and organization of seminars or conferences are very important as the most spreading and effective tools to publicize the network.
Chart 17: How People Get To Know AUN/SEED-Net
The stakeholders also helped promote AUN/SEED-Net to the public.
For instances, ASEAN Foundation
has published special leaflets for AUN/SEED-Net
and has publicized news about our regional conferences/workshops on its web site.
To our delight, nevertheless, AUN/SEED-Net
was given special attention at the 1st ASEM Conference of Ministers Responsible for Education held in Berlin during May 5-6, 2008.
Focusing on strengthening cooperation in higher education by forgin