9th USR&S Meeting Highlights: Record 5,000 applications for E-AYVP and AJCE revisits entry into Scopus!

By Phasawit Jutatungcharoen, Programme Officer
23 November 2020

The 9 th AUN University Social Responsibility & Sustainability (USR&S) Steering Committee Meeting was held remotely on 18 th November 2020, hosted by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). The meeting involved 27 participants from 14 universities, all hailing from 7 countries in Southeast Asia including Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The meeting discussed the recent E-ASEAN Youth Volunteer Programme (E-AYVP) 2020. While the event is usually organized on-site, the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated a move to an online platform. The webinar session mostly focused on volunteering, project management, communication, and leadership development. UKM, who hosted this year’s AYVP, reported that there were at least 5,000 applications for the programme from the ASEAN and ASEAN+3 members. The rigorous selection accepted only 470 people, less than 10% of the final applicants. Following this report, AUN Executive Director Choltis Dhirathiti suggested that the programme could consider working with the ASEAN-Australia Youth Partnership (AASYP), who empower young people aged 18-29 years old similar to that of the E-AYVP.

The Report on ASEAN Journal of Community Engagement (AJCE) was also presented by Dr. Elvia R. Shauki from Universitas Indonesia. The journal is published under AUN USR&S and focuses on education, health, and economic empowerment, accepting articles biannually through a selective double-blind review system since 2017. The journal now aims at being indexed by Web of Science and Scopus with the intention to reapply for the latter.

Dr. Choltis proposed that AJCE should partner with other AUN sub-networks and mentioned the success of AUN/SEED-Net on being listed in Scopus, a process that took several years. He mentioned that SEED-Net encountered many of the same problems as AJCE in their early stages, proposing that USR&S should learn from SEED-Net’s experience. Associate Professor Chng Huang Hoon from the National University of Singapore (NUS) also suggested involvement from students for prospective publications, or even with AUN Experiential Learning programmes. The question of language was also discussed, suggesting that articles from other languages could be published with only the abstract being translated to English. Dr. Choltis suggested that AJCE should consider linking with McGraw-Hill with regards to developing thought leaders.

For other updates, AUN USR&S received a membership application from the University of Brawijaya, which was supported by all other members at the meeting. UP asked for any requests to host the 6th AsiaEngage Regional Conference 2022. They also expressed interest in hosting the next AVYP and are open to coordinating with ADMU and DLSU as a hybrid programme.

At the end of the meeting, the USR&S Secretariat mentioned that AYVP is already acknowledged and endorsed at the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) and will be listed in the ASEAN Work Plan. Dr. Choltis also informed the meeting about the 2021 World Expo in Dubai, inviting AUN USR&S to make a contribution for the AUN’s showcase.