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AUN/SEED-Net information

AUN/SEED-Net: http://www.seed-net.org


Due to the need for sustainable development after the economic downturn in ASEAN region in 1997, AUN/SEED-Net was officially established as a sub-network under the auspices of ASEAN University Network (AUN) in 2001 from leaders’ initiatives derived at earlier meetings related to ASEAN – Japan Summit.

Full operation of AUN/SEED-Net Project started in 2003 with main support from the Japanese Government through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Member Institutions and Member Governments. The network of AUN/SEED-Net is composed of 26 Member Institutions from 10 ASEAN countries selected from leading institutions in engineering in respective countries. Project activities have been implemented by the Member Institutions and AUN/SEED-Net Secretariat with support from 14 leading Japanese Supporting Universities and JICA Project Office for AUN/SEED-Net.

·         Phase 1: March 2003-March 2008

·         Phase 2: March 2008-March 2013

·         Phase 3: March 2013-March 2018

Framework of Phase 3

The framework of Phase 3 drawing strategic direction of project implementation throughout the five-year time frame is as follows;


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


·         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 institutions and industrial sectors in ASEAN and Japan.

Project Purpose

Region-wide system for advanced research and education is established by Member Institutions in collaboration with Japanese Supporting Universities.

Expected Output

·         Linkage among Member Institutions, industries, and communities is strengthened.

·         System to conduct research activities addressing common regional issues is established.

·         Research and educational capacities of faculty staff of Member Institutions are enhanced.

·         Academic network among Member is strengthened.

Targeted Operation Strategy

To accomplish the missions, a consortium of graduate schools of engineering was established to produce graduates with higher degrees of international standard by utilizing human resources from leading Member Institutions and Japanese Supporting Universities.

10 engineering fields have been identified and assigned to Member Institutions to serve as a focal point in hosting and providing graduate degree study in related fields. Host Institutions are responsible for managing activities of the Project including training young academic staff from other members in the fields with academic assistance from Japanese Supporting Universities.

AUN/SEED-Net provides integrated support of scholarships, grants for faculty development and network establishment. Our scholars receive a package of scholarship and research funding during study and after graduation. Academic exchanges and staff mobility are promoted through several programs to facilitate joint supervision of students and research collaboration.

In addition, AUN/SEED-Net provides financial support for Member Institutions to organize Regional Conference as a forum for academics, students and professionals to share and exchange knowledge as well as to further collaboration among related sectors.

Through these project activities, AUN/SEED-Net has contributed to enhancing capacity of Member Institutions as well as addressing regional common issues in all dimensions through research funding which extensively helps to promote science and technology in the region.

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