ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE) Webinar Discusses Role of Academia in Energy Transition

By Phasawit Jutatungcharoen, Programme Officer
8 March 2021

Given the importance of contemporary energy and climate issues in ASEAN, and the need for interdisciplinary research on such topics, ACE established a new group to discuss themes of energy and climate studies and research. ACE formed the new group, ASEAN Researchers Network on Energy and Climate Change (ARNECC), with scholars, analysts, researchers, students, and other stakeholders. ARNECC provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of social, economic, governance, and technical issues related to energy and/or climate change. It is open to Southeast Asian researchers from any discipline or level of experience, and it is not limited to any particular technology, sector, or topic.

This February, ACE celebrated their first anniversary of the ASEAN Researchers Network on Energy and Climate Change (ARNECC). As part of this celebration, ACE organised a public webinar, “The Role of Academia in Shaping the Energy Transition in ASEAN”, on February 24, 2021.

The aim of the webinar was to further discuss the ideas on how academics can better convey their studies and inputs to support the development of energy and climate policies at national and regional levels.

Prof. Bundhit Eua-arporn, the President of Chulalongkorn University graced the event, and gave a keynote presentation on The Role of Higher Education in The Energy Transition. The following personalities attended and spoke at the webinar as well: the Executive Director and other senior members of ACE, the Ambassador of Norway to ASEAN, the Deans of Rajabhat University and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, and a research fellow of Australian National University.

Prof. Eua-arporn mentioned the 6 roles of higher education institutions: Educating tomorrow’s leaders (1), Trailing new ideas on campus (2), Connecting stakeholders and bridging gaps (3), Supporting entrepreneurship (4), Applying research to societal issues (5), and Generating cutting-edge knowledge (6). To cope with the challenges of energy transition, he called for a collective action of the higher education sector: to develop new forms and platforms of learning, to upskill and reskill instructors, to introduce new interdisciplinary curriculums, and to share experiences on academic programs and funding schemes among ASEAN countries.

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