AUN Disability and Public Policy Network (AUN-DPPnet)
About AUN-DPPnet

Established in 2016, AUN-DPPnet aims to build a cadre of disability policy leaders who will contribute to the vision of an ASEAN region that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based. The network is financially supported by the Nippon Foundation of Japan. AUN-DPPnet intends to train and empower this cadre of disability policy leaders to impact the policies that directly affect persons with disabilities throughout ASEAN and around the world.

AUN-DPPnet strives to be the preeminent university network to partner with ASEAN governments to foster public policies that promote persons with disabilities entering society to compete on a par with their non-disabled peers, and to prepare disabled leaders in the field of public policy.


1. To facilitate the development and the conduct of postgraduate, internship and fellowship programs
2. To facilitate the sharing of evidence base practices, experiences and address accessibility and disability issues
3. To conduct and promote continuing education and capacity building programs
4. To encourage collaborative research and build network of experts within AUN and ASEAN countries
5. To serve as a resource body for the policy-making to the governments and related agencies


The Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP) for the ASEAN Region was established in April 2011 with the full support of the ASEAN Secretariat and generous funding from The Nippon Foundation in Tokyo, Japan.

The IDPP was launched at Mahidol University in Thailand with founding partner universities, including the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and American University, along with two international outreach partners. The University of Malaya was among the first university partners to join the expanding IDPP network in June 2011.

Since its founding, IDPP’s primary objective has been to build a strong network of ASEAN partner universities focusing on disability and public policy, a mission which has led the IDPP to expand its international network to include 24 universities and outreach partners and establish a presence in nine out of ten ASEAN countries. The creation of AUN-DPPnet led by the University of Malaya builds on the successes of this partnership network.

What We Do
AUN-DPPnet Fellowship in Public Policy (Postgraduate scholarships for PwDs)

AUN-DPPnet offers postgraduate scholarships for PwD applicants to study with outstanding academic records to pursue a Master’s Degree programme in public policy and at a university in ASEAN countries.

The scholarship is financially supported by the Nippon Foundation. It includes tuition fees, monthly stipend, associated allowances, and air tickets.

For updates on the current scholarship offers, please visit here.

Capacity Building
1. Accessibility & Universal Design Training

This is a specialized training programme based on access auditor training course developed by UNESCAP. The training focuses on policies and implementation in order to develop an access auditor to be able to do access audit report writing, and to design appraisal for accessibility and universal design. The objective is to prepare persons with disabilities to be experts and resource persons to successfully implement access audit programme in their home country. More information about the training here.

2. Entrepreneurship & Self Empowerment Course

The programme prepares people with disabilities the career planning through developing knowledge, skills, interests and initiatives in entrepreneurship. The objectives are as follows:

  • To equip people with disabilities with knowledge and skills necessary to run a small to medium scale businesses;
  • To foster alternative career and prepare people with disabilities for safe and comfortable;
  • To provide guide, mentoring, and coaching to people with disabilities who intend to pursue an own businesses; or improving existing businesses
AUN DPP Research Grant (TILE for SwDs Research Program)

Towards Inclusive Learning Environment for Students with Disabilities (SwDs) aims to evaluate universities' provision and facilities for learning and living experience where Students with Disabilities will have the opportunity to access higher education and fulfill their potential. More information about TILE here.

The objective of this research program:

1. To review current policies, guidelines and standards being used internationally for universities in the ASEAN region or ASEAN University Network.
2. To access current practices in SwD needs at selected universities
3. To recommend inclusive policies and guidelines of SwDs for ASEAN universities or countries

ASEAN countries involved in this research initiative are Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand.


AUN-DPPnet members welcomes AUN Member Universities and outreach members. For more information, please contact AUN-DPPnet Secretariat.

Contact AUN-DPPnet Secretariat

Faculty of Built Environment, Level 6
Universiti Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Phone: +603 7967 7618