Tuesday, September 22, 2015
THE executive director of ASEAN University Network yesterday recommended Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) share its success in getting a high ranking for student mobility with other member varsities.
Associate Professor Nantana Gajaseni said UBD should share its experiences in promoting student mobility and collaborating with ASEAN universities after securing a top 15 spot in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking on student mobility this year.
“UBD’s Discovery Year programme has different channels of mobility, not only in terms of student exchanges but also internships, entrepreneurship and community service.
“Not every university recognises this. For most universities, when they talk about mobility, they only think about one thing – academic exchange programmes,” she said on the sidelines of the annual general meeting for AUN-Business and Economics.
She further said UBD should share its success stories and experiences as other universities can also learn from introducing programmes that involve internships, community service and entrepreneurship.
“Activities need different strategies to work together with partners. So that is a very important role for UBD to share to the rest of universities in ASEAN,” she continued.
Assoc Prof Gajaseni also said UBD plays a major role in engaging universities in the region because of its active role in supporting AUN activities.
She said AUN is a network initiated by ASEAN leaders, where ASEAN universities nominated by the government have a political mandate to work together to support ASEAN community building.
“This year is going to be the ASEAN economic integration. Therefore, the AUN-Business and Economics (AUN-BE) will play a significant role to support in terms of human resource development, cooperation and ASEAN awareness.
“Academics in this network can help in terms of training graduates to meet the demands of the market, and understand ASEAN awareness,” she said.
The associate professor added that she expects the annual general meeting to produce a concrete plan of actions, and not just in terms of policy.
“I would like to see active role and effective activities, apart from international conferences.”
A press statement said one of the main agendas of the annual general meeting was to focus on the AUN-BE strategic roadmap.
It added that the meeting would seek the approval of members on new new affiliate members and discuss the progress of the network.
The Brunei Times