December 12, 2017
On December 1, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Cooperative Framework with the governments and leading universities of the 10 ASEAN member countries in Bangkok for the ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network Project (SEED-Net) Phase 4, a technical cooperation project .
The project aims to develop highly qualified human resources to support ASEAN development by strengthening the education and research capacity at leading ASEAN engineering universities through partnerships between Japanese universities and industry.
With ASEAN as the "growth center" of the world economy, the ASEAN Economic Community was launched in 2015. However, as a result of a diminished growth rate in recent years, adding high value in industry has become a priority for achieving sustainable economic growth. To address common regional issues, such as air pollution and developing next-generation alternative energy, it is essential to have highly qualified human resources capable of making technological advances and innovations, making the role of the university ever more important in each member country.
Launched in 2001, SEED-Net has provided support to 26 leading engineering universities (“member universities”)  in the 10 ASEAN member countries under the cooperation of 14 Japanese supporting universities (JSUs) . Support efforts have included education capacity building through graduate programs aiming at obtaining advanced academic degrees, research capacity building through collaborative research programs, and the creation of an academic network through regional conferences and the issuance of the ASEAN Engineering Journal.
Now in the fourth phase, the project will build on the current circumstances in ASEAN to begin new measures so that educational and research activities can be developed at member universities that lead to solutions for social issues. More specifically, the project will support the establishment of a new international collaborative education program in which member universities and JSUs pool their strengths to develop human resources, and support stronger partnerships between member universities and industry through internships, collaborative research and the like.
Building on the foundation of an academic network and trust relationship that has been fostered between Japan and ASEAN, JICA will continue to contribute to the development of highly qualified human resources who can support ASEAN development.
1: Individual Records of Discussions are planned to be signed between JICA and individual governments.
2: Refer to the links provided below for the member universities and JSUs.
|Country||The 10 ASEAN member countries – Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam|
|Project title||ASEAN University Network/Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network Project Phase 4|
|Planned implementation period||March 2018 to March 2023|
|Executing agency||26 member universities  in the 10 ASEAN member countries|
|Target region, facilities||The 10 ASEAN member countries|
|Specific project details (provisional)||Education and research capacity building (graduate programs, collaborative research programs, collaborative education programs and other measures) at ASEAN universities, the promotion of university-industry collaboration, strengthening of the academic network|