21 December 2023

2023 Wrap Up: AUN Activities Overview

Patitin Lertnaikiat
AUN Programme Officer;

Welcome to the wrap up of AUN Activities in 2023! With the world having made a major recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2023, we saw strong return and continuation of several major AUN activities in the interactive onsite format!

The AUN Secretariat would like to use this opportunity to extend our gratitude to all of our AUN Core Member Universities, Associate Member Universities, academic professionals, youths, students and stakeholders for their active contribution and participation in the network’s activities throughout the year. We at the AUN Secretariat are excited to see this strong collaboration within our network of premier ASEAN universities continue in our shared mission to promote the quality and development of ASEAN higher education. 

Please find the selected highlights of major AUN events and activities that happened throughout 2023 below.

Virtual MoU Signing Ceremony between NEAS Australia and AUN

18 January 2023

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Written by Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

On 18 January 2023, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, ASEAN University Network (AUN) Executive Director and Dr. Patrick Pheasant, Chief Executive Officer of NEAS Australia (National ELT Accreditation Scheme Ltd), signed a Memorandum of Understanding to advance towards effective enhancement of the process and management of quality assurance in English language learning and to designate the direction to steer English language teaching communities forward.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/virtual-mou-signing-ceremony-between-neas-australia-and-aun

ASEAN Universities Shared Health Promotion Progress and Success Stories at the 7th AUN-HPN International Advisory Committee Meeting

19 January 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The AUN-HPN International Advisory Committee convened on 19th January 2023 in Thailand. This meeting showed outstanding progress and success stories of health promotion strategies employed by each member university at their institutions. Meanwhile, the Healthy University Rating System (HURS) is continuing strong, with more universities participating and some achieving the top rating of 5 stars for the first time! The co-host of the next AUN-HPN International Advisory Committee Meeting was unveiled at the end of this meeting as well.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/asean-universities-shared-health-promotion-progress-and-success-stories-7th-aun-hpn-international-advisory-committee-meeting

3rd AUN International Health Promotion Conference raised awareness and highlighted actions towards Mental Health Issues and Well-being in ASEAN Universities 

20 January 2023

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Written by Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

The 3rd AUN International Health Promotion Conference, with the topic "Mental Health and Well-being of ASEAN Universities during the Post-COVID-19 Period: Awareness and Actions," was successfully held on 20 January 2023 in Thailand. Many prestigious ASEAN universities shared their protocols and experiences on health promotion in their universities as well as the countermeasures for mental health issues in the post COVID-19 period.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/3rd-aun-international-health-promotion-conference-raised-awareness-and-highlighted-actions-towards-mental-health-issues-and-well

The MOU Signing Ceremonies from the 3rd AUN International Health Promotion Conference

20 January 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Following the absolutely packed presentations, discussions, and exchange of knowledge from speakers at the 3rd AUN International Health Promotion Conference, came three Signing Ceremonies that will ensure the future of ASEAN University Network - Health Promotion Network (AUN-HPN). Two MOUs were signed, one between ThaiHealth and AUN-HPN, and the second being the implementation of the HURS. The third signing ceremony was for the conference statement of AUN-HPN. All the signing will allow AUN-HPN to continue being the leading powerhouse for the health promotion movement in the ASEAN region.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/mou-signing-ceremonies-3rd-aun-international-health-promotion-conference

The Astounding Success of The First CALOHEA National Meeting at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember

2 - 3 March 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

The CALOHEA Project has taken a major leap towards its goal of enhancing mobility and internationalization in Universities in Asia with the first National Meeting on 2 - 3 March, 2023, at Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia. This two-day event of knowledge sharing, open discussion, and a workshop is another step towards bringing Higher Education in SEA into a common space and enhancing mobility between SEA countries and even to other regions by implementing the 3 Core Recognition Mechanisms (RM3) into SEA Universities.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/astounding-success-first-calohea-national-meeting-institut-teknologi-sepuluh-nopember

Professionals, Students, and Academics Gathered to Share and Reflect on the Local Context for the 3RMs Development at the 2nd CALOHEA National Meeting at Chulalongkorn University

9 - 10 March 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

A tour de force at the 2nd CALHOEA National Meeting at Chulalongkorn University! Professionals, students, and academics gathered to share and reflect on the local context for the 3RMS Development. Distinguished speakers, Assoc. Prof. Sarithdej Pathanasethpong, the Vice President of Thailand's Council of Engineers, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Montree Yamkasikorn, Senior Advisor of the Secretariat Office of the Teachers' Council of Thailand, also provided insightful policy dialogue sessions with participants.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/professionals-students-and-academics-gathered-share-and-reflect-local-context-3rms-development-2nd-calohea-national-meeting-chul

The 12th Assessor Training Workshop for AUN-QA Programme Assessment and the 244th AUN-QA Programme Assessment at De La Salle University, the Philippines

16 - 22 March 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Real examples are great for enhancing the learning process of a training workshop. Which is why the AUN-QA has prepared a special two for one package for participants of the 12th Assessor Training Workshop for AUN-QA Programme Assessment, co-hosted by De La Salle University on 16 to 22 March, 2023. Along with the workshop also came the 244th AUN-QA Programme Assessment at DLSU where all participants had the opportunity to observe the process of an actual programme assessment!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/12th-assessor-training-workshop-aun-qa-programme-assessment-and-244th-aun-qa-programme-assessment-de-la-salle-university-philipp

Preparing for any Emergencies: AUN Secretariat Equips Staff with Life-Saving Skills to Protect Student Safety

March 2023

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Written by Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

The AUN Secretariat has taken a bold step in prioritizing safety by conducting a Basic Life Support training among its staff showcasing AUN's unwavering commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of students amidst increasing mobility programs and the potential risks that come with them. From emergency first aid to basic CPR and AED usage, the training equips staff with life-saving skills that can make all the difference in times of crisis.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/preparing-any-emergencies-aun-secretariat-equips-staff-life-saving-skills-protect-student-safety

Unlocking Digital Transformation in ASEAN Universities: Lessons from the Workshop on Quality Standardization in University's ICT System and Management

21 - 23 March 2023

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Written by Andaman Punsawai, AUN Programme Officer

Our latest opinion piece takes you behind the scenes of the Workshop on Quality Standardization in University's ICT System and Management, where universities from across the region gathered to share insights and best practices. Join us as we explore the transformative impact of technology on higher education, learn about the latest trends in digital transformation for higher education, and discover how your institution can stay ahead of the curve.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/unlocking-digital-transformation-asean-universities-lessons-workshop-quality-standardization-universitys-ict-system-and-manageme

Exploring Higher Education in Laos through Recognition Mechanisms: Key Takeaways from the 3rd CALOHEA National Meeting at National University of Laos (NUOL)

5 - 6 April 2023


Written by Andaman Punsawai, AUN Programme Officer

The 3rd CALOHEA National Meeting took place on April 5-6, 2023, at the Laos-Japan Institute, Dong Dok Campus, National University of Laos, with over 180 participants from 12 institutions. The event discussed the future of higher education in Laos, including recognition mechanisms, internationalization, and curriculum development, and featured feedback on Authentic Assessment from subject area groups. The events also highlighted the importance of training and awareness-raising for educators to implement Authentic Assessment effectively.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/exploring-higher-education-laos-through-recognition-mechanisms-key-takeaways-3rd-calohea-national-meeting-national-university-la

Viet Nam Higher Education Institutions Aiming to Enhance Quality Systems to the Next Level with AUN at the Internal Quality Assurance System Design and Development Workshop

24 - 26 April 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Higher Education Institutions of Viet Nam with the AUN Secretariat are determined to take the steps necessary to enhance internal quality assurance systems to a greater level. From 24 to 26 April, 2023, universities of Viet Nam, MOET, and Accreditation Centers came to work together with the AUN Secretariat and IQA Experts in ASEAN and Spain to examine the ins and outs of the best practices in the AUN Internal Quality Assurance System Design and Development Workshop.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/viet-nam-higher-education-institutions-aiming-enhance-quality-systems-next-level-aun-internal-quality-assurance-system-design-an

Successful 4th CALOHEA National Meeting Promotes Collaboration and Recognition in Cambodian Higher Education

11 - 12 May 2023


Written by Andaman Punsawai, AUN Programme Officer

The 4th CALOHEA National Meeting at the Institute of Technology of Cambodia showcased the commitment to collaboration and recognition in higher education. Over two days, 292 participants engaged in a policy dialogue and workshops, sharing valuable insights and experiences.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/successful-4th-calohea-national-meeting-promotes-collaboration-and-recognition-cambodian-higher-education

The ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum Made a Grand Return From the Pandemic Hiatus

14 - 19 May 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

The wait is finally over! After the COVID Pandemic shook the world, the ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum has been on hiatus for 3 years. But no more, the 18th ASEAN and 8th ASEAN+3 Youth Cultural Forum just recently made a grand return on 14 - 19 May, 2023 in Jakarta, Universitas Indonesia where 132 delegates from 9 ASEAN+3 countries engaged in this spectacular cultural event!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/asean-3-youth-cultural-forum-made-grand-return-pandemic-hiatus

The 8th AUN-CA Meeting Convenes at Universitas Indonesia: Strengthening Collaboration in Culture and Arts and Welcoming New Board Members

17 May 2023

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Written by Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

In a display of regional cooperation, the 8th ASEAN University Network on Culture and the Arts (AUN-CA) Meeting convened on 17 May 2023 at the prestigious Universitas Indonesia. Representatives from 23 universities representing AUN and ASEAN+3 Member Universities came together to ignite creative sparks and delve into insightful discussions to nurture collaborative efforts in the realms of culture and arts. With enthusiasm, the participants successfully elected the new AUN-CA Board Members who will steer the organisation's course from 2023 to 2026, propelling its mission to even greater heights

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/8th-aun-ca-meeting-convenes-universitas-indonesia-strengthening-collaboration-culture-and-arts-and-welcoming-new-board-members

Philippine Higher Education Institutions Tackled Student Mobility and Internationalisation Challenges in the 5th CALOHEA National Meeting at the University of San Agustin

18 - 19 May 2023


Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

May 2023; Policymakers, academic staff, students, employers, and stakeholders share their thoughts on the way forward and what the Three Recognition Mechanisms could bring to the higher education institutions in the Philippines.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/philippine-higher-education-institutions-tackled-student-mobility-and-internationalisation-challenges-5th-calohea-national-meeti

Generative AI, Online Credit Transfer, Global Resources-Sharing Platform: Ideas and Ways Forward Flourished at the AUN-TEPL Workplan Seminar 2023

25 - 26 May 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The AUN-TEPL Workplan Seminar 2023 “Charting New Frontiers: Empowering Learners through Technology Enhanced Personalised Learning” was held successfully from 25-26 May 2023. Senior leaders, academics, and industry practitioners from AUN Members and beyond were in for a packed two-day schedule, with informative keynote presentations, thought-provoking panel discussions, and fruitful project planning sessions where ideas and ways forward to empower students and instructors through technology flourished.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/generative-ai-online-credit-transfer-global-resources-sharing-platform-ideas-and-ways-forward-flourished-aun-tepl-workplan-semin

The CALOHEA 6th General Meeting: Driving Towards the Advancements of Recognition Mechanisms in ASEAN Higher Education

7 - 9 June 2023

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Written by Chanya Chinsukserm, AUN Programme Officer

The CALOHEA project achieved yet another significant milestone with the successful convening of its 6th General Meeting in Kuala Lumpur. From 7-9 June 2023, a gathering of 80 participants, including experts, academics, and stakeholders across Southeast Asia and Europe, converged to delve into diverse agendas on the project’s progress on the implementation of three key Recognition Mechanisms, specially in the authentic assessment of internationally comparable learning outcomes in degree programs, setting the stage for the enhanced internationalization opportunities for students in ASEAN higher education.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/calohea-6th-general-meeting-driving-towards-advancements-recognition-mechanisms-asean-higher-education

Unleashing Potential for Empowering Internationalisation in Malaysian Higher Education at CALOHEA National Meeting at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

12 - 13 June 2023

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Written by Andaman Punsawai, AUN Programme Officer

Step into the inspiring world of internationalisation in Malaysian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as the CALOHEA National Meeting takes centre stage at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (UTMKL). With a vibrant atmosphere of encouragement and collaboration, this transformative gathering brought together 177 participants from various sectors, including lecturers, university top management, governmental agencies, employers, and students. Discover the remarkable insights and innovative strategies shared during this event, aimed at propelling the implementation of CALOHEA Recognition Mechanisms (RMs) for a more vibrant learning environment and enhanced internationalisation efforts. Join us on this journey as we unlock the secrets of aligning programs and curricula with global benchmarks, fostering deep connections and sowing the seeds of collaboration to make a lasting impact on the global stage.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/unleashing-potential-empowering-internationalisation-malaysian-higher-education-calohea-national-meeting-universiti-teknologi-ma

AUN ASEAN Experiential Learning Programme (AELP) Returned in Style with 40 ASEAN Students Exploring the Concept of ‘Smart Nation’ in Singapore

18 - 24 June 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

It’s been three years and the wait is over! AUN ASEAN Experiential Learning Programme (AELP) made its return in Singapore with 40 students from 22 ASEAN Universities gathering to explore and envision the concept of ‘Smart Nation’. Under the four pillars of Township Planning, Transport, Healthcare, and Digital-Ready Society; students engaged with experts in each field and saw how technology can be the key in transforming the nation.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-asean-experiential-learning-programme-aelp-returned-style-40-asean-students-exploring-concept-smart-nation-singapore

Innovating Program Design for Internationalization in Vietnamese Higher Education at CALOHEA National Meeting at University of Medicine and Pharmacy (UMP), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

20 - 21 June 2023

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Written by Andaman Punsawai, AUN Programme Officer

Experience CALOHEA Methodology in curriculum design in Vietnamese Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) as the CALOHEA National Meeting takes center stage at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City (UMP). With an exciting atmosphere of collaboration and innovation, this transformative gathering brings together 307 participants from various sectors, including lecturers, university top management, governmental agencies, employers, and students. Dive into the rich discussions and impactful sessions that focus on advancing the implementation of CALOHEA Recognition Mechanisms (RMs) for a more effective and holistic approach to program and curriculum design, driving the internationalization efforts of Vietnamese HEIs. Discover the insights and strategies shared during this event, as participants embark on a journey towards enhancing learning outcomes and amplifying global engagement. Join us as we pave the way for a brighter future of internationalization in Vietnamese Higher Education.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/innovating-program-design-internationalization-vietnamese-higher-education-calohea-national-meeting-university-medicine-and-phar

Ensuring Top Quality Assessments: The Third Evolution of the Guide to AUN-QA Quality Assessment at Institutional Level (Version 3.0)

June 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Quality Assessment is an intricate process that requires robust guidelines and clear modi operandi to direct such an activity. That is why the Guide to AUN-QA Quality Assessment at Institutional Level aims to provide quality assessment systems to ensure top quality higher education in ASEAN. As such, AUN-QA is proud to announce the launch of the Guide to AUN-QA Quality Assessment at Institutional Level Version 3.0!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/ensuring-top-quality-assessments-third-evolution-guide-aun-qa-quality-assessment-institutional-level-version-30

Navigate the Changing Tide of Global Higher Education in the 14th AUN Rectors’ Meeting

5 July 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

Change is fast approaching on all fronts, but ASEAN universities are ready to take on it. In the 14th AUN Rectors’ Meeting held on 5 July 2023, with the gracious hosting of Universiti Malaya, leaders from AUN Universities demonstrated how ASEAN higher education can stay ahead of the tide of change and remain relevant in the fast-paced world. With reaffirmed support for student mobility, encouragement for holistic interdisciplinary curricular, and deepened connection with the industry; ASEAN higher education will not fall behind.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/navigate-changing-tide-global-higher-education-14th-aun-rectors-meeting

Continuing Strong in the Tide of Change: AUN’s Success Recapped in the 38th AUN-BOT Meeting

6 July 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The 38th ASEAN University Network Board of Trustees (AUB-BOT) Meeting concluded with an astounding success on 6 July 2023, with gracious hosting from Universiti Malaya. This annual meeting serves as an opportunity for the members of AUN’s Board of Trustees to be updated on the latest activities of AUN, discuss its direction, and set a vision for its future. This year, the members of our Board of Trustees were up for a long list!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/continuing-strong-tide-change-auns-success-recapped-38th-aun-bot-meeting

Study and Site-Visit Programme for Students from China

23 July - 5 August 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

From 23 July - 5 August 2023, the AUN Secretariat welcomed two batches of Chinese students for a study and visit programme in Thailand! The five-day programme featured unique lectures from respected national and international institutions, hands-on cultural workshops, site visits to major international organisations, and cultural exposures at Bangkok’s historic landmarks. So strap up and join our students in their adventure!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/study-and-site-visit-programme-students-china

18th AUNILO Meeting: Insights and Initiatives Propel Academic Library Collaboration

1 - 3 August 2023

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Written by Gaetan Guichard Sutthanunt, AUN Programme Officer

Explore how ASEAN library professionals are shaping the future of academic collaboration. Hosted by Universiti Putra Malaysia, the 18th AUNILO Meeting unveiled key proposals, strategic plans, and discussions on vital network matters. Notably, the event featured a formal handover of the Secretariat role from the Philippines to Singapore, marking a significant transition. Witness the dynamic exchange of ideas and initiatives aimed at fostering innovation, unity, and academic impact across the region.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/18th-aunilo-meeting-insights-and-initiatives-propel-academic-library-collaboration

The Successful 8th CALOHEA National Meeting at Universitas Hasanuddin

10 - 11 August 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

What does it take to achieve academic mobility at a massive, international scale? No matter the answer, CALOHEA is determined to achieve the goal of developing a large-scale student exchange and academic mobility in Asia. The National Meetings will bring together experts, university staff, and even students to enlighten each other with good practices, sharing experiences, and understand the 3 Recognition Mechanisms that will pave the way towards the ultimate qualifications framework for each nation that will take student and academic mobility in Asia to the next level. With sufficient time passing since NMs have begun earlier this year, the 8th CALOHEA NM from the 10th and 11th of August at Universitas Hasanuddin (UNHAS) has shown the successful outputs of CALOHEA becoming more apparent with UNHAS demonstrating curriculum improvements with a dedicated focus on student workload calculation.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/successful-8th-calohea-national-meeting-universitas-hasanuddin

Fortifying Sustainability: Revisiting the ASEAN University Network Ecological Education and Culture Conference (AUN-EEC)

16 August 2023

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Written by Emmanuel Sancho and Xingru Chen, AUN Interns

Amidst the alarming rates of environmental concerns in the society today, the AUN-EEC has been a platform to amplify experiences and initiatives that foster the essence of nature and its significance in an individual’s way of life. Several experts have been invited to induce action among individuals, particularly the youth, in exploring processes towards preservation and conservation of nature. Along with their remarks, inspiring studies, stories, and experiences in safeguarding the environment were also a part of the program. These instances are envisions to bring inspiration and motivation to individuals in conserving nature for the future. 

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/fortifying-sustainability-revisiting-asean-university-network-ecological-education-and-culture-conference-aun-eec

Japanese Students on Their Weeks-Long Journey through History, Culture, and Tradition of Thailand

19 August - 2 September

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

From 19 August - 2 September 2023, the AUN Secretariat welcomed 18 Japanese students for a two-week visit to Thailand in the 2023 AUN-SUN/SixERS Study and Visit Programme Discovery, Diversity, Dynamics (3Ds). A return after two-year hiatus and one online instalment; this year, the students took their journey through time and decoded the origin of contemporary Thai society in this flagship youth activity.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-sunsixers-reunited-japanese-students-their-weeks-long-journey-through-history-culture-and-tradition-thailand

Virtual Mobility, Sustainability, and Digitalisation of Higher Education: Global University Association Leaders Discussed Higher Education in the Post-Pandemic World and More in the 2nd GUAF Meeting

4 - 5 September 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

Leaders of university associations from the Arab region, China, Europe, India, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and Southeast Asia came together to discuss what will stay after the pandemic, the sweeping digital transformation, partnership for sustainability, and more.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/virtual-mobility-sustainability-and-digitalisation-higher-education-global-university-association-leaders-discussed-higher-educa

AUN-QA International Conference Made its Grand Return at Bangkok, Back and Bigger than Ever

6 - 7 September 2023


Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

The AUN-QA International Conference was last conducted in 2019, before the pandemic hit. Forward to now, 4 years later, it is back and bigger than ever at Bangkok, boasting over 400 participants and a truly international cast of speakers to enrich the dialogue at the conference on 6 - 7 September 2023! The International Conference was followed by two internal meetings, Assessors’ General Assembly and Chief Quality Officers’ Meeting, has shown that AUN-QA is back in full swing after the pandemic has died down. And they are fully prepared to continue growing internationally!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-qa-international-conference-made-its-grand-return-bangkok-back-and-bigger-ever

Prince of Songkla University Took the First Step to Optimise Students and Curriculum’s Maximum Potentials with the CALOHEA’s Student Workload Measurements

18 - 19 September 2023


Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

Join us at the CALOHEA National Meeting hosted by Prince of Songkla University, where we address a critical facet of academic life – student workloads. A pivotal element in both students' and academic staff’s academic journey. Without meticulous workload management, students may find themselves burdened with excessive tasks, hindering their deep learning experience; and for the university and academic staff, undermining the academic programmes’s transparency and effectiveness. CALOHEA unites students, educators, and industry experts to equip Thai higher education with the tools to optimise learning, ensuring students achieve their highest potential through clear and meaningful workloads, and pave a solid foundation for internationalisation with enhanced credit transfer and ease in programme and degree recognition.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/prince-songkla-university-geared-global-stage-caloheas-student-workload-measurements

"Leaving No One Behind: ASEAN Inclusive Learning Environment" AUN-DPPnet's Latest Book Bridges Gap to Inclusive Higher Education

20 September 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

Released on 20 September 2023, at the 6th ASEAN+3 Rectors' Conference, "Leaving No One Behind: ASEAN Inclusive Learning Environment," marks the second book from AUN-DPPnet. The book delves into the implementations of legal and institutional frameworks in four case study universities and examines aspects such as physical accessibility, teaching support, and the overall campus experience for students with disabilities.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/leaving-no-one-behind-asean-inclusive-learning-environment-aun-dppnets-latest-book-bridges-gap-inclusive-higher-education

Explore the Future and Potentials of University-Industry Collaboration in the 6th ASEAN+3 Rectors’ Conference

21 September 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The 6th ASEAN+3 Rectors' Conference, which broke new ground for collaborative innovation, concluded triumphantly on 21 September 2023 at Universitas Airlangga, Indonesia. The primary discussion sessions of the meeting sparked new insights on sustaining innovation and accelerating growth through higher education institutions’ multi-sectoral collaborations with industry, government, communities, and more. The meeting not only marked an astounding return of the biennial platform but also showed a way to a future defined by collaborative progress.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/explore-future-and-potentials-university-industry-collaboration-6th-asean-3-rectors-conference

10th CALOHEA National Meeting at Ateneo de Manila University Highlighted Student Workload Measurement Challenges to Student Mobility and Internationalisation of the Philippine Higher Education

21 - 22 September 2023


Written by Noppanun Sookping, AUN Programme Officer

The 10th CALOHEA National Meeting, hosted by Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines on 21-22 September 2023, concluded with a clamoring success. Coinciding with the project’s “CALOHEA Capacity Building: Implementing Student Workload Measurements for More Effective and Holistic Learning Outcomes in the Philippines’ Higher Education”, the impactful national meeting highlighted how CALOHEA’s 3 Recognition Mechanisms can be utilized and introduced to help enhance the Philippines’ higher education mobility and internationalization under the country’s unique context, challenges and potential.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/10th-calohea-national-meeting-ateneo-de-manila-university-highlighted-student-workload-measurement-challenges-student-mobility-a

Transforming Cambodian Education: the CALOHEA's Authentic Assessment Ignites Higher Education Evolution across ASEAN and Garnered Ministerial-leveled Interest in Cambodia

9 - 10 October 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The CALOHEA Project continued its endeavour to reshape higher education in Cambodia through the 11th CALOHEA National Meeting. The two-day hybrid event held from 9-10 October 2023 at Svay Rieng University saw the gathering of Cambodia’s leaders, including H.E Prof. TUM Saravuth, Rector of Svay Rieng University, H.E MAK Ngoy, Director General of Department of Higher Education, and H.E Dr. SOM Ratana, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, who provided an enlightening opening speech. This initiative promises to chart a new course for learning outcomes in Cambodian and ASEAN higher education.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/transforming-cambodian-education-caloheas-authentic-assessment-ignites-higher-education-evolution-across-asean-and-garnered-mini

The AUN-QA IQA Redesign Taskforce Team Assembled to Set the Path Forward for ASEAN IQA

20 - 21 October 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Following the success of the Internal Quality Assurance System Design and Development Workshop in March 2023, Viet Nam, the AUN-QA IQA Redesign Taskforce was established and recently conducted its first meeting on 20 - 21 October 2023 in Bangkok. Through the intensive discussion on existing Viet Nam and Cambodia IQA frameworks and the root-cause analysis of the workshop in Viet Nam, the outcome of this meeting will pave the way for the future of ASEAN IQA and the task force will be at the forefront!

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-qa-iqa-redesign-taskforce-team-assembled-set-path-forward-asean-iqa

Vietnamese Higher Education Securing its Front-Row Seat at the Global Stage with the 12th CALOHEA National Meeting at Hanoi University of Civil Engineering

26 - 27 October 2023


Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

Over 200 participants gathered to chart Vietnamese higher education’s course to the global stage with CALOHEA’s three Recognition Mechanisms. Now entering its final phase of regional dissemination through the organisation of National Meetings, the CALOHEA Project is continuing strong in its mission to equip ASEAN higher education with a qualification framework and management that is fine-tuned to global comparability and recognition.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/vietnamese-higher-education-securing-its-front-row-seat-global-stage-12th-calohea-national-meeting-hanoi-university-civil-engine

CALOHEA National Meeting at Lao PDR Raised the Attention for Authentic Learning Outcomes in Laotian Higher Education

31 October - 1 November 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

In a dedicated effort to ramp up ASEAN higher education for internationalisation, over 250 participants joined forces with the CALOHEA’s experts in the 13th CALOHEA National Meeting held from 31 October - 1 November 2023 at Souphanouvong University, Lao PDR. The CALOHEA National Meeting and its workshop served as a platform for immersive, hands-on experiences in implementing the CALOHEA’s Recognition Mechanisms, a quality framework and management that would ensure global recognition of ASEAN students’ hard work and learning outcomes.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/calohea-national-meeting-lao-pdr-raised-attention-authentic-learning-outcomes-laotian-higher-education

AUN-ICT Workshop Returned for Deepened Discussion on Quality Standardisation of University's ICT System and Management

7 - 8 November 2023

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Written by Alistair Yap Yiow Zhoong, AUN Intern

Prince of Songkla University (PSU), in collaboration with the Institute of Software Engineering and Quality Management (ISEM) and ASEAN University Network (AUN), co-hosted the workshop on the Quality Standardization of University's ICT System and Management (AUN-ICT) On 7-8 November 2023 in Bangkok. Set to continue with the work resulting from its first iteration, this workshop delved further into detail of what can ensure the success of AUN-ICT development and implementation as a world-class, comprehensive and multifaceted standardisation framework tailored specifically for universities.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-ict-workshop-returned-deepened-discussion-quality-standardisation-universitys-ict-system-and-management

AYVP Indonesia 2023 Empowering a New Generation of Social Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders

10 November 2023

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Written by Suchanaad Dhanakoses, AUN Programme Officer

The ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) 2023 concluded with astounding success in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on 10 November 2023. The two-week transformative journey set the stage for 50 ASEAN youths from 7 ASEAN countries to obtain skills of the 21st century and foster a social entrepreneurship mindset in the vibrant cultural scenes of Yogyakarta.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/ayvp-indonesia-2023-empowering-new-generation-social-entrepreneurs-and-community-leaders

Culmination of Excellence: CALOHEA National Meeting Reached Dazzling Finale at Universiti Sains Malaysia!

15 - 16 November 2023


Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The CALOHEA National Meeting wrapped up its final series at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) on 15-16 November 2023. The spotlight of the event was on Authentic Assessment—an assessment method that tests students' skills and knowledge through practical, real-world experiences, preparing them for success with measures that are relevant to their professional growth. This finale marked not the ending but a transition to the new phase of implementation. With the interest of over 3,000 participants from 250+ universities in 15 Countries throughout its run, the CALOHEA National Meeting has accomplished its goal in paving the way with endless possibilities for the CALOHEA project and its Consortium to pursue academic and learning excellence, mobility, internationalisation, and qualifications transformation with the community at large.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/culmination-excellence-calohea-national-meeting-reached-dazzling-finale-universiti-sains-malaysia

"Management and Strategy: How AUN-HPN Became a Driving Force for Regional Health Promotion" Has Officially Launched

November 2023

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Written by Noppanun Sookping, AUN Programme Officer

Since its establishment in 2014, ASEAN University Network Health Promotion Network (AUN-HPN) has been actively contributing to university health promotion across the ASEAN region. In this connection, the book "Management and Strategy: How AUN-HPN Became a Driving Force for Regional Health Promotion" has been published by the AUN Secretariat team in coordination with AUN-HPN to observe and catalogue the good practices in managing the thematic network of universities. To do so, this book focuses on the work and perspectives of AUN-HPN’s past and current thought leaders as well as the observation of AUN-HPN flagship activities.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/management-and-strategy-how-aun-hpn-became-driving-force-regional-health-promotion-has-officially-launched

The Way Forward from the MoU Signing Between the AACCUP and the AUN Secretariat

21 November 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Collaboration is a powerful force multiplier. This is why on 21 November 2023, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, Executive Director of the ASEAN University Network (AUN) Secretariat, together with Dr. Gregorio Z. Gamboa, Jr., Chair/President of the Accrediting Agency of Chartered Colleges and Universities in the Philippines (AACCUP) Board of Trustees entered official partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This established an official collaborative framework between AUN and AACCUP geared to drive forward Quality Assurance (QA) excellence in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) across the ASEAN region via dialogue engagement, sharing of non-confidential information, as well as undertaking joint projects. 

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/way-forward-mou-signing-between-aaccup-and-aun-secretariat

AUN-HPN’s 8th International Advisory Committee Shared Best Practices and Acknowledged Growing Mental Health Concerns

24 November 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

Staying healthy is critical to living a good life, but it has become increasingly difficult to do so in this current age of technology-enhanced convenience, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and other related habits. Following the pandemic, the world has also seen the rise of mental health issues caused by the limited social interaction due to prolonged isolation. At the ASEAN University Network Health Promotion Network (AUN-HPN) 8th International Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting, the network’s member universities gather once again to address these pressing health issues in society and share their best practices in health promotion missions.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-hpns-8th-international-advisory-committee-shared-best-practices-and-acknowledged-growing-mental-health-concerns

Envision a Better World of 2050 with the ASEAN-Japan Youth Forum: Take Actions for Social Change 2023

25 November 2023


Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

The ASEAN-Japan Youth Forum: Take Actions for Social Change (TASC) 2023 came to a conclusion on 25 November 2023 in Tokyo. Co-organised by Kamenori Foundation,  Japan Foundation and ASEAN University Network, TASC 2023 was aimed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relationship and provide an international platform for the upcoming generations of young leaders from ASEAN and Japan to network and work together for the prospect of building a better future. Over the span of 5 months in 3 ASEAN countries and Japan, the forum saw the participation of 30 youths from 9 ASEAN countries and Japan.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/envision-better-world-2050-asean-japan-youth-forum-take-actions-social-change-2023

AUN-HPN Shared Good Health Promotion Practices at the Global Health Congress in Japan

25 November 2023

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Written by Patitin Lertnaikiat, AUN Programme Officer

On 25 November 2023, the ASEAN University Network Health Promotion Network (AUN-HPN) had the opportunity to share their good practices and the Healthy University Rating System (HURS) at the Global Health Congress in Japan. During the event’s symposium, universities that achieved 5 or 4 star ratings in HURS were also invited to share their good practices in health promotion to interested health practitioners, experts, and university staff from Japan who were present at the symposium.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/aun-hpn-shared-good-health-promotion-practices-global-health-congress-japan

The CALOHEA 7th General Meeting: Advancing Higher Education Alignment in Southeast Asia

13 December 2023

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Written by Ninnart Ratanasukhon, AUN Programme Officer

In an exciting update from the 7th General Meeting held in Porto, Portugal, the project consortium has made significant strides after three years of collaboration. While the key recognition mechanisms frameworks are still in the process of finalization, it's noteworthy that certain frameworks have already been successfully implemented by many of the project participants and cascaded to others outside the project  for more to be implemented as well. This achievement marks a crucial step towards extending the project's impact into the future.

Article: https://www.aunsec.org/news/calohea-7th-general-meeting-advancing-higher-education-alignment-southeast-asia