AUN University Social Responsibility & Sustainability (AUN USR&S)

AUN USR&S aims to drive trans-disciplinary social responsibility initiatives between higher education institutions and diverse stakeholders, to promote greater university-industry-community collaborations that enhance the quality of life for ASEAN and Asian communities.

AUN USR&S works in synergy with Asia-Talloires Network of Industry and Community Engaged Universities (ATNEU) and ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (AYVP) to fulfill the network’s objectives to create mutually beneficial partnerships between through research, education and volunteerism missions of higher education with industry and community stakeholders across ASEAN and Asia. AsiaEngage is the regional community-industry engagement brand of ATNEU, AUN USR&S, and its member-universities. More information about AsiaEngage here.

Background of network establishment
In an attempt to further the development of USR&S, ASEAN University Network (AUN) has initiated the project to build the network of USR practitioners and consolidate the currently existing social responsibility in universities in ASEAN region. This initiative took shape in the form of the workshop at Burapha University in October 2010, later known as the Burapha Workshop. The Burapha Workshop realised substantial achievements by bringing in several distinguished USR&S practitioners from leading universities in ASEAN and Japan. With good practice, ideas and extensive experiences contributed by the participants, the event has been seen as a considerable success to further promote region-wide implementation of USR&S activities. Moreover, this project has shown the promising prospect of continuation and long-term implementation as the workshop saw considerable and inspiring commitment from participants to push forward this initiative into stronger cooperation which led to successful sequential event at UKM under 2nd AUN Regional Forum on USR&S.

The AUN therefore proposed to establish a USR&S Thematic Network as an enabling mechanism to achieve greater regional cooperation amongst the higher education institutions in ASEAN. Hence, AUN USR&S was established in 2011. The network is currently based at University Community Transformation Centre (University Kebangsaan Malaysia).

What We Do
AsiaEngage Regional Conference

AsiaEngage Regional Conference is a bi-annual regional platform to fulfill the research, education, and engagement missions of higher education institutions through beneficial partnerships with stakeholders including academic sector, industries, foundations, communities, NGOs and government agencies to elevate the quality of living across the region. The conference provides opportunities for relevant stakeholders in ASEAN and beyond to share innovative ideas and capacity development to create impactful community engagement, and enhance collaborative community and industry-engaged research and learning experiences.

Event Theme Date/Venue Discussions
1st Regional Conference “Higher Education-Community-Industry Engagement: Forging Meaningful Partnerships across ASEAN and Asia” 7-9 May 2012

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Sharing of good practices on community engagement by stakeholders through various sessions

Institutionalising community and industry engagement in research university

Service-learning and academic excellence

Developing mechanisms to incentivize, monitor, and assess university engagement activities

*The conference proposed initiation of AsiaEngage as a brand to maximize the impact of AUN USR&S, ATNEU, and AYVP.

2nd AsiaEngage Regional Conference ‘‘Innovation & Creativity: Collaborating with Communities to Tackle Problems across ASEAN, Asia and Beyond” 17-20 November 2014

Bali, Indonesia

(in collaboration with Universitas Indonesia)

Driving forward meaningful and productive community and industry engagement with 5 sub-themes:

  • Research Driven Community Engagement
  • Community Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • Knowledge-Driven Volunteerism and Community Engagement
  • Institutionalisation and Mainstreaming of Community and Industry Engagement
  • Measurement of Impact of Engaged Initiatives
3rd AsiaEngage Regional Conference “Universities in an Integrating Regional Community: Engagement with Government, Communities, Industries and Civil Societies” 21-23 November 2016

Manila, the Philippines

(in collaboration with De La Salle University, University of the Philippines, and Ateneo de Manila University)

Innovative community and industry engagement practices

Developing regional capacity for impactful engagement

Forging collaborative industry and community-based research and driving learning prospects

Youth volunteerism

4th AsiaEngage Regional Conference “Rising to the Challenges of SDGs in Asia: Key Challenges for University-Community Engagement.” 26-28 November 2018

Chiang Mai, Thailand

(in collaboration with Chiang Mai University)

Driving forward meaningful and productive engagement efforts of higher education institutions:

  • University – Community Engagement
  • University – Civil Society Engagement
  • University – Industry Engagement
  • University – Government Engagement
  • University – International Agency Engagement
Capacity Building

To develop knowledge and skills in industry and community engagement

Event Theme Date/Venue Outcomes
Capacity Building University-Community-Industry Engagement 12 June 2013

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Sharing of good practices in university-community-industry engagements to enhance research, education and service in ASEAN
Capacity Building Knowledge-Driven Volunteerism and Community Engagement 9-11 February 2014

Universitas Airlangga
Sharing of experiential-based learning through community service (KKN-BBM) and visits to community sites to learn how students help improve living conditions of the community such as health and nutrition, basic health and economy , teaching and learning, health care and entrepreneurship
Workshop Community Engaged Teaching & Learning (CETL) 26-27 February 2014

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Sharing on relevant theories, tools, models for community engaged teaching and learning, challenges and solutions for CETL
Workshop Social Return on Investment (SROI) 19 November 2015

UKM’s Langkawi Research Centre
Sharing of principles and valuation methods for SROI for social intervention programmes
ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme

ASEAN Youth Volunteerism Programmes to develop a sense of regional identity and improve the quality of life for regional communities. For more information, visit AYVP.

Research and Evaluation of Social Impact

To create research and evaluation of Social Impact and Return on Investment for industry and community engagement initiatives

Information Portal

Providing Information Portal and facilitate collaboration between stakeholders

Recognition and Award

Creating mechanisms to recognise and reward excellence in industry and community engagement

Collaborative Research with Stakeholders

Forging collaborative industry and community based research in key challenges including environment, health, education and heritage to elevate the quality of life of communities

ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement (AJCE)

Biannual refereed journal concerned with the practice and processes of community engagement by academics, practitioners and community representatives to explore issues and reflect on practices of full range of engaged activities (

(Source: AsiaEngage)


AsiaEngage membership is open to higher education institutions, business sectors, NGOs, government agencies, foundations and other organisations with passion and commitment for social responsibility and community development from ASEAN and beyond. For more information, please contact AUN USR&S Secretariat.

Contact AUN USR&S Secretariat

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
43600 Bangi, Selangor, MALAYSIA
Tel: +603-8921 4655 | Fax: +603 8921 4660