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Prof. Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community Partnerships) & Executive Director of AsiaEngage (ATNEU, AUN USR&S and AYVP), National University of Malaysia delivered ...

Prof. Dato’ Dr. Saran Kaur Gill, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community Partnerships) & Executive Director of AsiaEngage (ATNEU, AUN USR&S and AYVP), National University of Malaysia delivered this presentation at the 2013 Regional Universities conference. The event focuses on policy and funding for Australia’s regional tertiary education and its impact on service delivery and sustainable development. For more information about the event, visit the conference website: http://www.informa.com.au/regionalunis

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Saran Kaur Gill National University of Malaysia: Institutionalisation of & capacity for regional development and collaboration: ASEAN & Australia Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Regional Universities Conference Gold Coast Campus, Southern Cross University, Coolangatta 14th – 15th November 2013 INSTITUTIONALISATION OF & CAPACITY FOR REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND COLLABORATION: ASEAN & AUSTRALIA Prof. Dr. Saran Kaur Gill Deputy Vice Chancellor (Industry & Community Partnerships), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia & Executive Director, AsiaEngage (ATNEU, AUN-USRS & AYVP)
  • 2.  Main Campus in Bangi: 1,100 hectares  Kuala Lumpur Campus: 20 hectares  Cheras Campus: 22 hectares 2012/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 3. Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change Faculties ENGINEERING & BUILT ENVIRONMENT 2012/UKM/HEJIM/Saran SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES Environment & Sustainable Development (LESTARI) Disaster Prevention (SEADPRI) Climate Change Studies (IKP) Solar Energy (SERI) Research Institutes SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY Fuel Cell Systems Biology INBIOSIS
  • 4. Living Labs Marine Biology Research Centre Langkawi Research Centre Pusat Penyelidikan Tasik Chini Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Tasik Chini Research Centre 2012/UKM/HEJIM/Saran Fraser Hill Research Centre
  • 5. Achievements Ranked 23rd under the category of Young Universities (below 50 years) Among the Top 300 Universities in the world Ranked 8th under the Top 10 Universities in Asia 2012/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 6. Definition of Regional Engagement “a complex and multidimensional phenomenon. It is influenced by the importance of „place‟ in regional development and the distinctive nature of regional higher education settings. It is realised through the universities‟ core learning and teaching and research functions, and through a commitment to service, knowledge exchange and community capacity building.” (RUN, 2013:8) University – Community Engagement 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 7. Engagement Australia‟s Visiting Scholars & Experts Programme Leading Community Engagement at an Institutional Level ASEAN Perspectives on Engagement: Highlighting Models and Best Practice Group discussions – Voice of academics in facing challenges in mainstreaming community engagement 7 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 8. Key Recommendations in the face of challenges of mainstreaming community engagement  There is a need for a clear Governance system and management structure for integrating university and community engagement across research, education and service, both at institutional (internal as well as external) and at the Ministry levels.  There is a need to clearly define „engagement” (and in this case expanding on regional development and how it is linked with so many of the other definitions related to community engagement) so that the area of community and industry engagement is not regarded as merely the third mission of service but instead is integrated across research, education and service to maximise its potential and enrich the core missions of the university. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 9. Key Recommendations in the face of challenges of mainstreaming community engagement  There is a need for a national policy on regional / community engagement so that there can be recognition at the governmental level and provision of sustainable funding support for Community & Industry Engagement.  There is a need to include community engagement in promotional systems for academic staff and credits worked out for students involved in community and industry engagement initiatives. This will require recognition and support from the top management of the universities.  There is a need for sharing of skills, knowledge and good practices for capacity building to develop industry & community engagement champions amongst staff and students, and to develop the Scholarship of Engagement 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 10. Key Recommendations in the face of challenges of mainstreaming community engagement  It was clear after the group discussions that many of the challenges faced by universities in Australia and those across ASEAN are similar. But until and unless senior level higher education committees chaired by Vice-Chancellors and the Govt. Ministries that govern them, work at institutionalising and clearly supporting this field, we will always be faced with struggles to fulfill our convictions of the value of meaningful regional development. http://www.asiaengage.org/ 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 11. A Powerful Collaboration to Engage ASEAN & Asia The Asia-Talloires Network of Engaged Universities (ATNEU) was formed in January 2011 as a regional partner of the Talloires Network, a global association of over 200 institutions in 59 countries committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education globally. The ASEAN University Network‟s thematic network for University Social Responsibility & Sustainability was endorsed in July 2011, as an enabling mechanism to achieve greater regional cooperation amongst the higher education institutions in ASEAN, to contribute to the social, economic and environmental development of the region. The proposal to establish the ASEAN Youth Volunteers Programme (AYVP) was presented during the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) in Hanoi, Vietnam on 18 October 2011, endorsed by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dato‟ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek during the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY VII) on 20 October 2011 and approved by the Malaysian Cabinet on 20 April 2012 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 12. ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP)  Endorsed by all 10 ASEAN member states on 20 October 2011 at the Seventh ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth (AMMY VII)  Approved by the Malaysian Cabinet on 20 April 2012 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 13. Design and Development Principles for AYVP Foundational knowledge (content and cross-disciplinary knowledge) Professional knowledge (practitioner skills and content) Socially responsive knowledge 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 14. Educate for a Socially Responsible Life “We don‟t only live a vocational life but we live a civic life and we have to be educated for it.” (Bringle et. Al.: 3) Socially Responsive Knowledge first, to educate students in the problems of society second, have them experience and understand first-hand social issues in the community; and third, and most important, give students the experiences and skills to act on social problems.” (Altman, 1996, pp. 375-376) 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 15. What Is AYVP? AYVP is an instrument that would create opportunities for youth across the ASEAN region to apply knowledge-driven multidisciplinary volunteerism to collaboratively solve communities’ problems; and as they do this, they exchange knowledge, learn about each other and strengthen intercultural relationships. All of this would contribute to the development of a strong ASEAN identity – a younger generation who not only volunteer but also develop leadership qualities, coloured with the strength of humility, kindness and compassion. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 16. The development of ASEAN Eco-Leaders through Volunteerism and Community Engagement 15th August – 20th Sept 2013 They will become Eco-Leaders with competencies and skills in leadership and environmental conservation and be empowered with ASEAN values as well as a love for community engagement 16 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 17. RESPONSE TO AYVP  Received 850 applications from the 10 ASEAN countries for 100 places  AYVP‟s main goal is to drive youth volunteerism and community development that involve young people with a targeted demographic age of between 18 and 30 from higher education, colleges, youth organisations, NGOs and working professionals across ASEAN. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 18. Duration and Location  Week one: held at UKM - the only university in this region that is located in about 100 hectares of forest reserve – ASEAN History, Development and Identity 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 19. Kampong Dew, Firefly Sanctuary, Perak Setiu Wetlands, Terengganu Kuala Selangor Nature Park Selangor Three weeks at 4 biodiversity sites in Malaysia 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran Mersing Coastal Communities, Johor 19
  • 20. MERSING COASTAL COMMUNITIES, JOHOR  UKM has established the Marine Ecosystem Research Centre (EKOMAR), a field station to conduct research related to the marine ecosystem and resources.  The centre aims at bringing about economic development to the area and act as a catalyst to improve the quality of life for local population by providing business and job opportunities while conserving the natural ecosystem.  Solid waste management is an area that has to be worked on with the community – the aim is to work to build up awareness and knowhow so that the community is willing to take responsibility of their environmental surroundings. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 21. Mersing, Johor “Enhance environmental awareness and minimizing pollution in coastal communities by promoting the practice of community based recycling” Clear Your Coast, Cash Your Trash 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran 21
  • 22. Collaboratively built a concrete recycling collection center  The volunteers worked together with the local community in building a concrete recycling collection centre by the beach. This is for the local community to segregate their trash and collect the recyclable materials. The centre will also generate data on trash disposal and recycling rates, which can be used by the local community, district office and future volunteers to track trends and success rates. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 23. Voices of the Volunteers “We loved the process of working with a team of talented people and engaging with the local community because of the warm fellowship. However, the local people still use the burning method to solve the rubbish issues. We believe they should know more about proper waste segregation and recycling. We developed educational awareness of segregation and recycling of waste. We built recycling centres and community-based buy-back centres. To ensure that the knowledge is carried forward, we organized environmental education programs for primary school students, visited the homes of the local community. We also participated in craft making using recyclable materials, and helped to create a market for the craft products among tourists in order to create a viable business for the local crafters.” 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 24. Nature‟s Light Kampong Dew : “Firefly Habitat Conservation & Community-based Ecotourism” 24 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 25. Site 2 Theme Kampung Dew, Perak Firefly Habitat Conservation & Community Based Ecotourism  The Eco-Leaders here supported existing local community initiatives on forest firefly habitat conservation and community based eco-tourism.  Among the activities the volunteers engaged in were fireflysurveying, host plant tagging, and tree planting along the river banks. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 26. Intercultural Exchange Village Culture  Unique to this group is their experience of home-staying with local families during their time at Kpg Dew. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran Regional Culture
  • 27.  They worked collaboratively to enhance the natural surroundings of the jetty area which is the starting point of firefly tours, as well as to train local tour guides with basic English language lessons and the production of information, education and communication (IEC) materials.  They developed a website, a pamphlet design and a script for the eco-tourism campaign. In addition, they also organised a community exhibition and a series of school talks for raising awareness on the need for environmental conservation. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 28. The Last Week at UKM  This is a week of sharing of knowledge and critically reflecting on their experiences gained at the various biodiversity sites. The volunteers worked on reports, writing their reflective journals, and plans for the replication of similar projects in their home countries.  The culmination of the five weeks ended with a Grand Celebration to bring together volunteers and other stakeholders to showcase the learning, the culture, the song and dances of various countries and communities across ASEAN. 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 29. Forging the ASEAN – Australia Collaboration 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran
  • 30. "If you want to establish partnerships and relationships with people, there is nothing like having to work together to make sure that the knowledge you have in some way benefits the communities that you work with, communities that perhaps are not as advantaged as those you come from. The 21st century is a century in which we have to expose and develop our youth, not only as youth who have professional skills through internship competency and experience, but also the heart and feeling of wanting to give back to communities as well. That will really enrich the relationship and cultural know-how between the youth of Australia and the youth of ASEAN.'' 2013/UKM/HEJIM/Saran