6 October 2022

The 13th AUN Rectors’ Meeting at Lao PDR

Patitin Lertnaikiat
AUN Programme Officer;

The 13th AUN Rectors’ Meeting was conducted in Vientiane, Lao PDR, at the Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel, hosted by National University of Laos and co-hosted by the AUN Secretariat. In this year’s Meeting, eleven Presidents, Rectors, Vice Chancellors, and more than fifty representatives from twenty-eight AUN Member Universities across ten ASEAN Countries participated in the Meeting to discuss and share their good practices, analyses, initiatives, and recommendations on AUN-related projects, programs, and activities. 

The encompassing theme of this year’s Meeting is “University Excellence and the Next Frontiers of ASEAN Higher Education: How AUN Member Universities Think, Lead, and Manage”. During the Meeting, five topics regarding higher education in ASEAN were presented by the following speakers:

Agenda 1. Driving University Excellence through Regional and International Cooperation

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Assoc. Prof. Lieven Demeester
Director, ASEAN University Network for Technology-enhanced Personalized Learning (AUN-TEPL)

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Vernon R. Totanes, PhD
Chair, Libraries of ASEAN University Network (AUNILO)

Agenda 2. Driving University Through Competition and Cooperation in Rankings/Ratings

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dr. Agustin Kusumayati, M.Sc., Ph.D
Secretary to the University, Universitas Indonesia

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Prof. Dr. Chartchalerm Isarankura-Na-Ayudhya
Chairman of Committee on HURS Development
ASEAN University Network Health Promotion Network (AUN-HPN)

Agenda 3. Driving World-Class Study Programme and Student Mobility


Rocky Adiguna, SE., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Programme Manager of ASEAN Master in Sustainability Management,
ASEAN University Network for Business and Economics (AUN-BE)

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Hideki Shimazu
Project Coordinator,ASEAN University Network/SoutheastAsia
Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net)

Agenda 4. Interdisciplinarity and the Future of ASEAN Higher Education

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Prof. Lily Kong
President, Singapore Management University

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Professor Dato' Ir. Dr. Mohd Hamdi Abd Shukor
Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Malaya

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Prof. Bundhit Eua-arporn, Ph.D.
President, Chulalongkorn University

Agenda 5. Data Strategies and the Achievements of High-Impact University Missions

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Prof. Dr. Narimah Samat
Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and International, Universiti Sains Malaysia

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Dr. Nghiem Xuan Huy 
Director, Institute for Education Quality Assurance (INFEQA), Vietnam National University, Hanoi

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Dr. Taizan Chan, 
Chief Data Officer, Office of Data and Intelligence, National University of Singapore

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The speakers presented their leading practices, analyses, initiatives, and recommendations to all the representatives in the meeting. After the presentations, all participants in the meeting were given the opportunity to engage with the speakers in open sessions, allowing all participants to have a fruitful discussion regarding ASEAN Higher Education.

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The resulting success of this year’s 13th AUN Rectors’ Meeting shared all the best practices and initiatives in the ASEAN region of higher education. All participants were able to learn how AUN Member Universities think, lead, and manage through all the recent AUN-related projects, programs, and activities. Stay tuned to our newsletters in the coming weeks, where we will dive deeper into all the topics presented by all the speakers!