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AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat

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Company Description: The AUN/SEED-Net has been established as an autonomous sub-network under the auspices of the ASEAN University Network (AUN), and is composed of 19 leading...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    ASEAN Engineering Journal

Education

  • master's study
    King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • doctoral degree , ASEAN countries
  • master's degree
    ITB
Web References
Annual Report 2009/10
www.seed-net.org, 1 Mar 2011 [cached]
AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Prakit Tangtisanon
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I would like to underscore that in this Summit the ASEAN leaders have shown appreciation to our on-going cooperation between Japan and ASEAN for AUN/SEED-Net.
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On behalf of the ASEAN Foundation, I congratulate the ASEAN University Network Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) for another fruitful year.
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Since the beginning, AUN/SEED-Net has been progressing towards a remarkable and dynamic growth. The network's achievements have been the results of the commendable efforts and cooperation among our longstanding partners. I, on behalf of the AUN Secretariat, would like to take this opportunity to once again express my sincere thanks to all of ASEAN and Japanese partners for their unfailing commitment and partnership which help bring the network to the outstanding success.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to Prof. Dr. Kazuo Tsutsumi who has concluded his term as Chief Advisor of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net in March 2011. With his vision and dedicated commitment, Prof. Tsutsumi has been instrumental in driving AUN/SEED-Net towards notable success.
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Our established collaboration with AUN/SEED-Net will continue under Prof. Dr. Miki's leadership and we are certain that, with Prof. Miki's vision and determined commitment, AUN/SEED-Net would continuously move forward and have fruitful outcomes for the years to come.
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Our established collaboration with AUN/SEED-Net will continue under Prof. Dr. Miki's leadership and we are certain that, with Prof. Miki's vision and determined commitment, AUN/SEED-Net would continuously move forward and have fruitful outcomes for the years to come.
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AUN/SEED-Net has undergone to the third year of its second phase with concrete contribution to the development in engineering and inter-regional human capacity building. The network is continuously expanding with the growing number of AUN/SEED-Net's alumni who have further their academic contribution to wider society between across the two regions. Research collaboration has been one of the prominent areas of academic cooperation of AUN/SEED-Net with the five inter-disciplinary research fields being added to the main nine engineering fields in the effort to promptly respond to demand of the knowledge development for emerging challenges of the contemporary world.
The activities under AUN/SEED-Net are essentially one of our core elements in implementing higher education cooperation in accordance with the ASEAN Road Map and the ASEAN 5-Year Plan on Education. The network's activities on mobility, knowledge exchange and research are in line with and indeed address the needs of all stakeholders within academic realm, industrial sector and wider society. The AUN Secretariat is looking forward to strengthen collaboration with AUN/SEED-Net as well as to render the committed support to all of the network's activities. I am confident that AUN/SEED-Net will effectively overcome challenges lying ahead along its path towards the approaching Phase III in March 2013.
Lastly, I would like to extend my gratitude once again to all staff and partner institutions for their tenacity and industrious efforts in bringing AUN/SEED-Net to the success.
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My sincere greetings to all members of AUN/SEED-Net.
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It has been 10 years since the initial plan for establishment of AUN/SEED-Net and the situation surrounding us is changing for many reasons, such as economic growth and environmental issues. While the main purpose of AUN/SEED-Net is still important and to be maintained, the academic collaboration and solidarity should be promoted at great scale.
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Having built successful partnership over the past years, AUN/SEED-Net becomes the "top-league" of leading universities of science and technology in ASEAN and is well on the way to strengthen and expand the network based on its 10-year effort and asset.
AUN/SEED-Net's Regional Conference has continued to be a platform for researchers, students, alumni, government and industrials to exchange and share thoughts. The 14 events in 2010 were attended by up to 1,300 participants across ASEAN and Japan. The symposium clearly highlighted AUN/SEED-Net's endeavor in keeping the concerned people abreast of the latest developments and practices in engineering.
All in all, fiscal year 2010 is another remarkable year of AUN/SEED-Net.
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It has been my great honor to be a part of JICA project for AUN/SEED-Net, and serve as an Executive Director for the past three years.
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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. AUN/SEED-Net has been operated fully since 2003 with the aim at promoting human resources development in engineering in ASEAN, through the establishment of the network of 19 leading institutions from 10 ASEAN countries with the support of 11 leading Japanese supporting universities.
AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and partially financed by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities of AUN/SEED-Net have been implemented by the Member Institutions and managed by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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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.
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The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the list of host fields and HIs are illustrated in the diagram and Table 1 below.
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In total 43 scholarships were granted, with an average number of five students to each of the nine engineering fields covered by AUN/SEED-Net, except for CE and EEE hosted by CU which received only four students each due to declinations of scholarships by two successful candidates.
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Nine of them were AUN/SEED-Net alumni, equal to 24% of all applicants.
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I am glad to have this opportunity to thank for the generous supports from AUN/SEED-Net.
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In the JFY2010, AUN/SEED-Net had six students under the short SSJP; however, only five were successfully dispatched to Japan in the end as one case had to be postponed to JFY2011 due to the Tohoku earthquake incident in early March 2011.
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In term of JSUs, Tokyo Institute of Technology became the most popular institution AUN/SEED-Net alumni selected to further their research activities with.
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Short-Term Visit Program in ASEAN has been continued not only to enhance capacity of faculty staff of MIs but also to boost research collaboration among academicians in ASEAN, especially AUN/SEED-Net graduates teaching at the MIs.
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Not limited to research related activities, this year the program also supported eight faculty staff from NUOL, who are AUN/SEED-Net alumni, to be trained in a mining course at CU for one semester or four months. During the training period, the team had a chance to discuss the development of four-year mining engineering curriculum system of NUOL and visit several mining sites.
Most faculty staff received additional supports from visiting and visited MIs through the program. For examples, CU Mining Department generously supported NUOL faculty staff for tuition fee and accommodation after the regular one-month support from AUN/SEED-Net; while HCMUT provided their faculty members with air tickets and ITC supported daily allowance to their staff.
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In addition to the compulsory parties who must be involved in each CR project, which are faculty staff from HI and MI, a Japanese professor, and an AUN/SEED-Net student, the program has incorporated AUN/SEED-Net alumni, non-MIs, local government agencies, and private industries since the beginning of Phase II.
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For collaboration promotion and education enhancement, AUN/SEED-Net alumni are expected to be the seeds that will grow up and sustain the relationship among academics and professionals in the ASEAN region. Thus, alumni network would play an important role to continue collaborative activities and contribute to the sustainable development.
As of JFY2010, there were 381 alumni members of AUN/SEED-Net, most were from UGM (73), NUOL (58), and HCMUT (55). As for profession after graduation, 206 alumni (54%) served their countries as faculty staff, researchers, university employees, and government officers; while 104 alumni (27%) pursued
Annual Report 2005
www.seed-net.org, 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc.
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AUN/SEED-Net is a unique project emerged at the time of hardship after the Asian Economic Crisis.
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In the end, I sincerely hope that all people concerned would continuously commit themselves to AUN/SEED-Net for the sake of brighter outlook of ASEAN countries and Japan , and wish that the network would grow in a successful and sustainable manner toward the future.
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AUN/SEED-Net is one of AUN's major sub-networks for cooperation in engineering education between ASEAN and Japan. Since its inception in April 2001 as an autonomous sub-network of the AUN, AUN/SEED-Net has become one of the great achievements among ASEAN's collaborative networking efforts. In particular, AUN/SEED-Net has been recognized by higher education institutions as a leading organization for the promotion of human resources development and student mobility as well as professional development in engineering education in ASEAN.
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It is my great honor to serve as Executive Director of AUN/SEED-Net, which is one of the greatest projects of academic cooperation between ASEAN countries and Japan.
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Lastly, on behalf of AUN/SEED-Net, I would like to extend my gratefulness to JICA, ASEAN Secretariat, ASEAN Foundation, ASEAN University Network, Member Institutions and their governments, and other related organizations for kind supports and contributions given to the AUN/SEED-Net Project in the past years and hereafter. I hope that with commitment and partnership, the network of AUN/SEED-Net would keep growing for common benefits and solidarity of the ASEAN community.
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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.
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AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and partially supported by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities are implemented by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with the support of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, now based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the table of host fields with host institutions and field coordinating universities are shown below.
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For the JFY2006, AUN/SEED-Net received in total 45 applications which is the highest number since the first launch of the Program. See Chart 10.
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In JFY2005, AUN/SEED-Net supported 28 professors from Japanese Supporting Universities to visit Member Institutions under Japanese Professors Dispatch Program, and 38 faculty staff of Member Institutions to visit Japanese Supporting Universities under Short-term Visit Program to Japan . These two activities were designed to facilitate communication between Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities to enhance research collaboration and joint supervision of AUN/SEED-Net students.
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In addition to support for the above two activities which are mainly implemented by Host Institutions, AUN/SEED-Net also provides support for faculty staff of Non-Host Institutions to visit Host Institutions of respective fields for a period of 10-30 days in order to conduct experimental work and discuss future research collaboration.
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When the seminar is organized at Host Institution, AUN/SEED-Net students are expected to present their research progress; and when it is organized at Non-Host Institution, faculty staff of the Non-Host Institution, who are AUN/SEED-Net alumni in the respective field, are also encouraged to present their continued research or network activities.
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Particularly for PhD Sandwich Program, the Ad-hoc Committee on Extension Policy of PhD Sandwich Students, consisting of representatives from Member Institutions and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, reached a resolution that the extension would be considered strictly based on justified reasons and could be approved on condition that Host Institutions waive 100% tuition fees and AUN/SEED-Net supports returning flight ticket, insurance, and reduced or no stipend based on case-by-case basis. In case that the extension is predictable, the request for extension of scholarship should be submitted to AUN/SEED-Net at least two months prior to the scholarship end; and the students should be advised to save some budget for their living expenses during the extension period.
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Chart 16: Projects number of AUN/SEED-Net graduates at the end of the initial phase
Public Relations
Public relations activities of AUN/SEED-Net have been promoted by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, JICA, and Member Institutions.
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AUN/SEED-Net has issued quarterly newsletters since the beginning of the fiscal year 2005 with the purpose of tightening the relationship within the Network and publicizing the Network's activities, students and alumni achievements, and information about member institutions as well as respective engineering fields. In 2005 the Project published 4 issues of newsletter, altogether combined into Volume 1.
Other publications of AUN/SEED-Net in 2005 include Annual Report 2004, Minutes of the 9 th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2005 Annual Meeting, Minutes of the 10 th Steering Committee Meeting, and Report of Workshop on Disaster Mitigation & Management in ASEAN Countries.
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The Network of AUN/SEED-Net is the pioneer who has explored the field-wise and host-sending approach, upon which the concepts and the activities have been formulized. This new type of network among ASEAN universities with support of Japanese universities has been a model for future networks of its similar kind, leading to human resource development in a cost-effective way and relationship strengthening in intraregional and international levels.
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Beginning from the year 2005, National University of Singapore (NUS) has co-shared with AUN/SEED-Net the support of tuition fees and monthly stipends for 2 AUN/SEED-Net master's scholars for the period of 2 years. This support increased the quota of NUS-hosted students from 5 to 6 per year. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) agreed to award up to 3 master's scholarships in case that the number of qualified candidates exceeds the quota of 5 scholarships from AUN/SEED-Net.
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In addition, the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) of Thailand granted 15 scholarships under the Faculty Development Scholarship Program with collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net in the year 2005.
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As a contribution to the sustainability of AUN/SEED-Net , the Faculty Development Scholarship Program in Engineering with the Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net was endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education of Thailand (CHE) to increase the number of high quality lecturers in Thai universities and to strengthen the academic performance in engineering field. The program is tenable for 4 years starting from 2005, with a maximum of 24 doctoral scholarships per year allocated to 3 engineering fields, namely Civil Engineering (CE) and Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) hosted by Chulalongkorn University (CU) and Information & Communication Technology (ICT) hosted by King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL). During the scholarship period, the scholars can be included in the Collaborative Research Program of AUN/SEED-Net and do research at an overseas university, preferably in Japan , for not more than one year.
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In response to the destructive Tsunami disaster on 26 December 2004 that affected the most part of ASEAN region, including Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Myanmar, AUN/SEED-Net has initiated collaborative activities towards natural disaster mitigation and management among Member Institutions and with Japanese Supporting Universities. The first interdisciplinary workshop was organized by AUN/SEED-Net with technical assistance of Chulalongkorn University (CU), Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) and Hokkaido University, on 3-4 August 2006 in Phuket, Thailand.
The Workshop on Disaster Mitigation and Management in ASEAN Countries, focusing on Earthquake and Tsunami, aimed at sharing of information and research experiences among ASEAN countries and Japan, identification of university roles in research and education, and exploration of new collaborative research topics related to natural disasters. Twenty-nine experts from ASEAN and Japan gathered at this event to present country reports on natural disasters affecting their countries and discuss joint research activities to educate people and generate solutions for disaster mitigation. The participants also surveyed tsunami-affected sites in Phuket and Phang-Nga to observe damages and recovery actions. And on this occasion, AUN/SEED-Net and the participants made donations to Phuket Girl School and Thai Red Cross's Tsunami Relief Fund.
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It was chaired by the Secretary
Annual Report 2006/07
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AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc.
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Due to the fact that the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net will come to an end in March 2008, we have made strong efforts to prepare for the Project continuation and the Final Evaluation of the current phase throughout FY2006.
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Again, I wish to stress that the success of AUN/SEED-Net is in the hands of all stakeholders.
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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.
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AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and partially supported by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities are implemented by the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with the support of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, now based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
Project Objectives
With a view to effectively utilising regionally available human resources for upgrading higher engineering education as a whole, 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, corresponding to the founding principles of AUN.
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The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the table of host fields with host institutions and field coordinating universities are shown below.
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Last but not least, I wish to express my sincere gratitude to AUN/SEED-Net for giving me this unique opportunity to pursue higher degree which will pave way to brighter career and better life.
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After completing master's study at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in FY2003, I received a scholarship from AUN/SEED-Net again to furthur study there in the same field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) under Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program and I would graduate in May 2007.
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AUN/SEED-Net is a very useful project which greatly contributes to human resource development and university staff capacity enhancement.
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For the JFY 2006, 117 CR projects with involvement of 112 master's and 38 doctoral students of AUN/SEED-Net were supported with the total amount of more than US$ 580,000. A list of these CR projects is provided below.
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And when it is organized at non-HIs, AUN/SEED-Net alumni will be required to present their continued research or other network activities.
For JFY 2006, additional budget for participation of AUN/SEED-Net alumni, AUN/SEED-Net students under the PhD Program in Japan, and AUN/SEED-Net students in Singaporean universities (NTU and NUS) in Field-wise Seminars were allocated so as to strengthen the Network which would also contribute to future sustainability of the community.
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At orientation, new scholars learned rules and regulations while getting to know AUN/SEED-Net staff in-charge as well as the current students at the same HI.
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AUN/SEED-Net implemented Monitoring as a key means towards students' quality assurance.
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Out of 126 Master's graduates, 37 were awarded by AUN/SEED-Net to pursue doctoral degree in ASEAN countries and in Japan while 6 graduates won other scholarships to further study in doctoral level.
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Inspired by NUS's initiative to offer direct PhD scholarships to AUN/SEED-Net applicants, NTU would also grant a maximum of 10 direct PhD scholarships per year to successful applicants from AUN/SEED-Net. Combined with increased scholarships from NUS, the Doctoral Degree Program in Singapore for JFY2007 and beyond will offer as many as 20 scholarships per year to outstanding applicants with at least bachelor degrees.
With supports from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the member countries, the AUN/SEED-Net Project was raised for recognition and promotion at the ASEAN Standing Committee meetings in September and November 2006 as well as the ASEAN-Japan Forum in November 2006, where the ASEAN governments requested continued support to the Project from the Japanese government. At the ASEAN-Japan Summit on January 14, 2007, the Japanese government committed to fund exchange programs including those in higher education, responding to the demand of the ASEAN governments for follow-up action on joint flagship projects in human resource development.
Despite high expectation for the continued support of Japanese government, cost-sharing from MIs and their governments are required for the sustainability of AUN/SEED-Net.
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This course is believed to be one effectual means to sustain the network of AUN/SEED-Net in the future.
CHE Faculty Development Scholarship Program in Engineering with Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net
The Commission on Higher Education of Thailand (CHE) has authorised the Faculty Development Scholarship Program in Engineering with the Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net gearing towards an increase of the number of high quality lecturers in Thai universities and enhancement of the academic performance in engineering field. Tenable for 4 years starting from 2005, the Program plans to grant a maximum of 24 doctoral scholarships per year allocated to 3 engineering fields, namely CE and EEE hosted by CU and ICT hosted by KMITL. The successful candidates are entitled to attend classes for international students and utilise laboratory facilities and equipment supplied by AUN/SEED-Net.
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Since the 5-year initial phase of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net would be completed by March 2008, the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat started to survey demands for faculty development at all MIs to determine the need for the Project continuation. It was found that MIs and stakeholders have been looking forward to the second phase of the Project with higher expectations for the Project's merits and expansion.
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April 24, 2006 - The first JICA National Staff Meeting for AUN/SEED-Net took place in Bangkok to deepen understanding of AUN/SEED-Net Project and to share information and issues on current logistic matters for the project.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs supported the continuation of AUN/SEED-Net and would promote the Project to other ASEAN countries for stronger commitments and contributions.
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Dr. Apichai Sunchindah, AF Executive Director, agreed to consider funding AUN/SEED-Net activities partially provided that a proposal from AUN/SEED-Net must be submitted to AF as soon as possible.
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The Secretariat provided information about relationship between AUN/SEED-Net and the industry.
Annual Report 2006/07
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AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc. 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 is increasing. 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.
Now AUN/SEED-Net 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.
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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.
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We look forward to a continuing partnership with AUN/SEED-Net that will help build the ASEAN Community.
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Since its official launch in 2003, AUN/SEED-Net has been one of the most successful cooperation between ASEAN and Japan. Remarkable progress and achievements have been made possible by great endeavour of strong partnership among our friends from ASEAN and Japan. 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 of AUN/SEED-Net on 22nd October 2008 in accordance with the finalised resolutions from the 13th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2007 Annual Meeting in August 2007.
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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.
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As a result of the preliminary survey conducted with all members, AUN/SEED-Net came up with the strategic plan for this 2nd Phase.
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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.
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AUN/SEED-Net 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, Thailand.
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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.
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The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the list of host fields and HIs are illustrated in the figure and Table 1 below.
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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 was observed.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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 alumni. 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.
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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.
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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.
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To me, I am now carrying out two research topics supported by AUN/SEED-Net.
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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.
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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.
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In 2004, I received a scholarship from AUN/SEED-Net for the PhD Sandwich program in Chemical Engineering.
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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
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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.
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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
Annual Report 2006/07
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AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat: Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sucharit Koontanakulvong
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AUN/SEED-Net, as a "regional public goods," can and should contribute to the solution of socio-economic problems of the region: the overwhelming issue of global climate change, the cause and result of which are multi-facet; and adding value to products by inventing new materials or new processing method is also vital for the economy of the region.
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Above all, with assistance from all stakeholders and AUN/SEED-Net alumni, the Project needs to adopt a cost-sharing scheme in most programs and to acquire more contributions from the member countries and industries for project activities, so as to enhance and sustain this collaborative network for ASEAN further development.
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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.
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AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and partially supported by the ASEAN Foundation. Activities are implemented by the MIs and the AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with the support of the JICA Project for AUN/SEED-Net, now based at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
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With a view to effectively utilising regionally available human resources for upgrading higher engineering education as a whole, 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, corresponding to the founding principles of AUN.
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The concept structure of AUN/SEED-Net and the table of host fields with host institutions and field coordinating universities are shown below.
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As this program is co-funded mainly by the two universities and partially by AUN/SEED-Net, the screening as well as selection of successful candidates was conducted according to the admission requirements of the concerned university. Due to the high standard of the two host universities, only 11 candidates were selected and awarded.
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After completing master's study at King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL) in FY2003, I received a scholarship from AUN/SEED-Net again to furthur study there in the same field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) under Doctoral Degree Sandwich Program and I would graduate in May 2007.
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AUN/SEED-Net is a very useful project which greatly contributes to human resource development and university staff capacity enhancement.
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The network of AUN/SEED-Net alumni has gradually been growing with the increasing number of graduates in each year.
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The group e-mail was also used by AUN/SEED-Net as an effective means to communicate with students and alumni at the same HI. In this fiscal year, students at all 10 HIs have successfully created their own group e-mail and these groups had over 200 members. The links to these groups are enlisted on the website of AUN/SEED-Net.
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JFY2007 was the first year for the Secretariat to arrange a press conference, in order to promote the recognition and impacts of AUN/SEED-Net on capacity building of the Member Institutions and the Member Countries. The first press conference was organized after the 14th Steering Committee Meeting in January 2008, with participation of all stakeholders. Apart from the presentation on AUN/SEED-Net overview and top universities hand in hand to tackle global issues, statements were also delivered by chairperson of the steering committee and representatives of the Member Institutions, JSUC, ASEAN University Network, and JICA Headquarters.
The Secretariat was invited to promote the Project at a few events. King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang invited AUN/SEED-Net Executive Director to deliver a presentation on "Success of AUN/SEED-Net: A JICA's Pride" at the Seminar on the 120th Anniversary of Thailand-Japan Relations in May 2007. In August 2007, the Secretariat was invited by Tokyo Institute of Technology (TIT) to promote AUN/SEED-Net to Japanese and Thai students participating in the Japan-Asia Young Scientists and Engineer Study Visit (JAYSES), the event in celebration of the 120th Anniversary of Japan-Thailand Diplomatic Relations.
During the fiscal year the Secretariat published Minutes of the 13th Steering Committee Meeting and Year 2007 Annual Meeting as well as Minutes of the 14th Steering Committee Meeting, four quarterly newsletters, and this Annual Report 2007/08. In addition, we distributed as many as six press releases to the stakeholders as well as regional media to publicize the network's activities. The Member Institutions, the Japanese Supporting Universities, and AUN/SEED-Net alumni as well as studying scholars also have cooperatively promoted AUN/SEED-Net to the public and prospective candidates. For examples, a special article on AUN/SEED-Net Member Institutions' attempt to tackle global issues was published in a famous Thai newspaper and an interview article of Prof. Dr. Boulinh Soysouvanh, Dean of Faculty of Engineering of National University of Laos, on AUN/SEED-Net field-wise seminar was publicized in a Lao English newspaper. From such joint promotions, there were 38 news related to AUN/SEED-Net exposed to the public in this fiscal year.
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By implementing the next phase of the Project, it is expected that AUN/SEED-Net will be further developed, based on the foundation built during the current phase, into a sustainable framework for human resource development in engineering field in ASEAN region, and will be able to ensure its larger effect and impact not only to MIs, but also to non-MIs, industries and communities, etc.
In addition, enhancement of recognition and reputation of AUN/SEED-Net is among the foremost challenges. It is necessary to enhance the recognition and reputation of AUN/SEED-Net among related government (ASEAN countries and Japan), universities/research institutions, and industries, in order to enhance its sustainability and impact on society in the region. All of the stakeholders - MIs, governments of the member countries, AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat, and JICA - need to promote the significance and achievement of the Network in every appropriate occasion available.
Therefore, the next phase of AUN/SEED-Net shall be based on the foundation built during the first phase, and shall be further developed into a sustainable framework for human resource development, the impact of which should not be limited to the MIs, but also to braoder societies.
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For Brunei Institutions: Scholarships/subsidies for their staff interested to join AUN/SEED-Net programs
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The ASEAN Foundation has played continuously a salient role in supporting AUN/SEED-Net, with some budget granted for research projects and international conferences in the preparatory stage of the Project. Affirming the significance of the engineering network strengthening which is one of the four main strategies in Phase II, the ASEAN Foundation has approved 778,734 US dollars to AUN/SEED-Net to fund regional conferences/workshops in the first two years of Phase II.
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The Government of Thailand through the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) continued granting scholarships for local students to further higher degrees at Thai HIs under the CHE Faculty Development Scholarship Program with Collaboration of AUN/SEED-Net (see details). The Government of Indonesia by the Department of Higher Education initiated the scholarship program for foreign students to study at ITB and UGM (see details). Plus, the Government of Brunei Darussalam through the Ministry of Education subsidized faculty staff from ITB-BRU and UBD to attend AUN/SEED-Net field-wise seminars.
Notably, the Project received generous support of one partial scholarship from the Electricity Generation Authorization of Thailand (EGAT), the major state enterprise in Thailand. The scholarship covered tuition fee, allowance, and travel expense for an AUN/SEED-Net master's student studying in the field of EEE at CU. Realized by CU's attempt, this support signifies a proactive move towards sustainability of AUN/SEED-Net initiated from the MI side.
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Classes for AUN/SEED-Net international students are also open for these successful applicants as well as laboratory facilities and equipment supplied by AUN/SEED-Net.
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In 2007, the Government of Indonesia through the Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education has recognized the fact and decided to provide scholarships to faculty staff and faculty staff to-be from the MIs of AUN/SEED-Net to pursue master's degree in the fields of ME/AE at ITB an
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