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Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network(Seed-Net)


Cooperation period March 2003 – March 2008
Form of support Technical cooperation project
Countries for implementation Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Brunei, etc.
Cooperating Japanese institutions Hokkaido University, University of Tokyo, Tokyo Institute of Technology、Kyushu University, Kyoto University, Keio University, Waseda University, Toyohashi University of Technology, Shibaura Institute of Technology, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokai University
Background of implementation This concept was triggered by the announcement of former Prime Minister Hashimoto at the Japan-ASEAN Summit meeting (1997) that Japan would cooperate with the enhancement of advanced education in the fields of science and technology, engineering, management, etc. to overcome the economic crisis of ASEAN.

Japan has accumulated valuable experience through enhancing advanced educational institutions of engineering in the ASEAN region in addition to making important contributions.

Furthermore, it is beneficial to expand this past experience and achievement within the ASEAN region focusing on the universities of engineering in order to foster human resources that are able to respond to an industrial structure that is continuously changing on a global scale.

From the above background, the establishment of a new network was proposed, specializing in engineering (relevant network) in cooperation with the ASEAN University Network that is the framework of cooperation between the universities in the ASEAN region.

Moreover, the implementation of this project is one of ten support measures regarding human resource development of the “Obuchi Plan” announced at the ASEAN + 3 Summit meeting in November 1999 in Manila.

Contents of cooperation 1) Support for student exchanges within the region: Fostering human resources and enhancing cooperation between the universities by dispatching and receiving students between the member universities within the region.

2) Support for research: Assisting research, supporting participation in and holding of meetings, training sessions, and workshops.

3) Short-term dispatch of experts: Enriching curriculum of exchange programs within the region through the advice, etc. of experts who are sent to each target university.

4) Acceptance of short-term trainees: Short-term training at the universities in Japan.

5) Acceptance of long-term trainees: Enhancing the level of young teachers from the target universities by allowing them to acquire a degree (Ph. D.)

Field of cooperation of our university Resource engineering, geological engineering

Implemented by the Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University