33rd AUN Board of Trustees Meeting

The 33rd AUN-BOT Meeting was hosted by Vietnam National University Hanoi in Nha Trang, Vietnam, on 17 July 2017. The Meeting was attended by the Board of Trustees Members from Member University from each of the ASEAN Member State, ASEAN Secretariat, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO), Senior Officials Meeting on Education (SOM-ED) and ASEAN University Network.

The meeting was official welcomed by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Kim Son, President, Vietnam National University-Hanoi

The meeting was officially opened by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bundit Thipakorn, Deputy Secretary-General of the Office of the Higher Education Commission Thailand on behalf of the Chairman of the AUN Board of Trustees. He expressed his sincere gratitude to Vietnam National University, Hanoi for the warm hospitality. He informed the Board of Trustees the completion of AUN Charter revision and that the signing of new AUN Charter will be in 2018. He then extended his heartfelt appreciation to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni for her hard works and contributions toward the success of AUN. He expressed his concern on ASEAN University Network’s roles in the changing world and how AUN could co-create in the cooperation with other networks.

The Meeting approved the appointment of Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti as the new AUN Executive Director (2017-2021) and expressed its appreciation to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nantana Gajaseni for her contributions to the work of the AUN and higher education development in the region throughout her tenure as AUN Executive Director (2013-2017). Moreover, the new AUN thematic networks on AUN Sustainable City and Urban Development (AUN-SCUD) and ASEAN University Network for Culture and Arts (AUN-CA) were endorsed by the Meeting.