JOHOR BAHRU, 24 August 2019 – The Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Campus Sustainability Division (UTMCS) has successfully organized the Symposium and Gala Dinner for the ASEAN University Network /Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED- Net) UTM Alumni 2019.
This was the first program organized by the Sustainability Network under Campus Sustainability of UTM. The program was named as SEED.Net with the funding received from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and AUNSEED.Net Secretariat to establish a network of Alumni Program at the ASEAN platform. Five countries participated in the program which was held at Pulai Springs Resort, Johor Bahru. The participating countries were Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand which concurrently establish the registration of about 30 members from various universities.
The outcome of the program is to strengthen the existing collaboration, further expecting future work in education, engineering and social sciences related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Director of UTM Campus Sustainability, Prof. Ir. Dr. Fadhil Md. Din said that the main objectives of his division in organizing this programme were to create a proper platform for Alumni of Aunseed to strengthen their networking and to build necessary databases at the ASEAN level.
“It was also to increase the number of the registered member of non-alumni at ASEAN institution for the 2nd stage.
As for the impacts to UTM, I am quite sure that we can benefit from research and connectivity of common issues in relation to public solution/stakeholders at the local country besides bringing more Alumni association for contribution of knowledge, matching funding and opportunities for inbound/outbound activities,” said Prof. Fadhil.
When talking about future planning, Dr Fadhil said that UTM will conduct a AUN/SEED-Net Alumni Registration with a synergy of different groups at the ASEAN association under the academic and research platforms. “Apart from that, we will also initiate the twinning programme of academic certification with the emphasis on different institutions at the ASEAN platform,” said Prof. Fadhil.
The ASEAN University Network / Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network (AUN/SEED-Net) has been established to promote human resource development in engineering for sustainable socio-economic development of the ASEAN region. The network consists of 26 members in ASEAN with the assistance from 14 Japanese supporting universities.