AUN/SEED-Net JICA

General Info : About AUN/SEED-Net

Introduction
Initiated by former Japanese Prime Ministers H.E. Mr. Hashimoto and Mr. Obuchi at the Japan-ASEAN Summit Meeting in 1997 and at the ASEAN-Plus-Three Summit Meeting in 1999, respectively, the Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (SEED-Net) Project, was officially established as an autonomous sub-network of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) in April 2001 (AUN/SEED-Net) aimed at promoting human resources development in engineering in ASEAN. To date the Network consists of 26 leading Member Institutions (selected by the Ministries in charge of higher education of respective countries) from 10 ASEAN countries with the support of 14 leading Japanese Supporting Universities (selected by Japanese Government). AUN/SEED-Net is mainly supported by the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) , and partially supported by the ASEAN Foundation. AUN/SEED-Net 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.

Vision

Southeast Asia and Japan are developed sustainably through development of innovative and highly skilled human resources in engineering field.

Missions
To nurture internationally competitive personnel with multicultural awareness through academic cooperation among leading engineering higher education institutions in ASEAN and Japan;
To advance engineering education and research capacities of leading engineering higher education institutions in the region through collaboration and solidarity between the educational and industrial sectors in ASEAN and Japan.
Concept and Strategy

For sustainable industrial development, each Member Institution needs to produce graduates with master’s and doctoral degrees of international standard in the engineering field.

To realize the above missions, a consortium of graduate schools of engineering has been established to produce the human resources needed for Member Institutions by utilizing leading human resources from Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities. As a stepping stone toward the world-class university consortium, the “multi-hosting system” has been initiated in which ten engineering fields have been identified with a few Member Institution assigned to host each field.

The Host Institutions are responsible for training young graduates and teaching staff from other Member Institutions to acquire master’s degrees and doctoral degrees in a Sandwich Program with Japanese Supporting Universities. The major contribution of Japanese Supporting Universities is to assist Host Institutions in “joint thesis research supervision” of AUN/SEED-Net students to upgrade the quality of thesis research, which will be conducted through the Collaborative Research Program, and to assist Member Institutions in ASEAN in capacity enhancement through the Doctoral Degree Program in Japan and other exchange or training activities. Coordination with other Member Institutions on management of field-wise activities is well conducted by Host Institutions in good communication with Japanese Field Coordinating Universities (JFCU) and Field Unit of Secretariat. The field-wise implementation is shown in the diagram below.

AUN/SEED-Net provides integrative supports of scholarhips and grants for faculty development and network establishment. Our scholars receive a package of scholarsip and research funding during study and after graduation. Academic exchanges and staff mobility are promoted through several supporting programs to facilitate joint supervision of students and research collaboration. We also sponsor organization of regional conference to be a forum for academics, professionals, and students to exchange knowledge and technological trends, present research works, and discuss future collaboration.

Field-wise Implementation Diagram

Further Information
Bldg 2, Room 109-110, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Phone: +66-2218-6419 to 21 / Fax: +66-2218-6418
Website: http://seed-net.org
Facebook page : http://www.facebook.com/aunseednet