A Southeast Asian perspective on university development cooperation as a means to enrich academic quality

Further to our recent entry ‘Euro-Asia university cooperation as a means to enrich academic quality‘, Prof. Dr. Supachai Yavaprabhas kindly alerted us to the existence of three insightful videos (see below) that address the issue of regionalism and higher education in Southeast Asia.  These videos were used as a resource for Prof. Dr. Yavaprabhas’ presentation at the same conference that Alistair MacDonald of the European Union Delegation Manila spoke at, and at the SEAMEO RIHED Council meeting in January 2010. SEAMEO RIHED is the acronym of the Regional Institute of Higher Education and Development (RIHED) which was established in 1993 as a center within the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO). RIHED’s origins go back to 1959 when it was “conceived jointly by UNESCO and the International Association of Universities (IAU) in collaboration with the Ford Foundation.” Prof Dr Supachai Yavaprabhas is the SEAMEO RIHED Director. Our sincere thanks to him and his staff at SEAMEO RIHED for putting the videos together and allowing us to post them here.

For those of you interested in global regionalism and higher education and research, here are a few Southeast Asian-focused entries in GlobalHigherEd, written by Morshidi Sirat (Director, Institut Penyelidikan Pendidikan Tinggi Negara (IPPTN)), that might also be of interest:

The first SEAMEO RIHED video (‘A structured framework for regional integration in higher education in Southeast Asia: the road towards a common space’) deals with harmonization dynamics:

The next two are Parts I and II of a video about the M-I-T Pilot Project On Promoting Student Mobility in Southeast Asia:

Kris Olds

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