2022年6月8日

ASEAN 大学 网络 Executive Director’s Remarks at the Asia Universities Summit 2022

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Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti, the Executive Director of the ASEAN 大学 网络, delivered his apropos dialog at the Asia Universities Summit, hosted by the Times Higher Education in Fujita Health 大学, 日本, 2022年5月31日至6月2日. 会议由博士主持. Choltis; Duncan Ross, Chief Data Officer of Times Higher Education; Kohei Itoh, President of Keio 大学; Naoko Kawaguchi, Acting Head of the Tokyo Centre (OECD); and Pankaj Mittal, Secretary-General of Association of Indian Universities.

The panelists had an interactive discussion on, “Where to invest to deliver secure and sustainable university systems?”  Universities require a constant supply of both revenue and students to stay afloat. In addition, they require a stable political, economic, and climatic environment. 但, in a world that is becoming increasingly VUCA, 领导人如何, 监管机构, 由投资者决定哪些系统, 行业, or places will provide the best return on investment? What are the most important indicators to look for? Dr. Choltis opined that if the higher education sector in ASEAN could be invested in, it would be for what we call the kind of drivers that are the key to enabling mechanisms that enhance the individuals in institutions. The necessity for quality standardization is urgent. Coming from a region with almost 7000 universities, it will be the world's fourth largest economy by 2030.

He further elaborated that a significant need for change has been noticed in the methods that teaching, 学习, 并且进行了研究. What is popularly known as outcome-based education is still a problem that has to be addressed as quickly as possible in many institutions in the region, particularly in many universities in the region. 某些国家, 比如新加坡的大学, 马来西亚的几家顶级机构, 菲律宾, 还有泰国的几所大学, 可以例外. The second issue is university leadership and governance, which means there is a need to improve how universities are governed and operated in a participative, 有效的, 以及在各个层面采取透明的方式.

Pertaining to the issue of opportunities of the have-nots, he also mentioned about the initiative of the ASEAN 网络 on a ‘cyber university’ project with the Government of Korea, stating that the most important aspect of higher education is the access to knowledge rather than ownership of knowledge, which many universities in the ASEAN region have a 20th century mindset. We aim and try to change that mind-set by putting all knowledge online and sharing it with everyone so as to make it equally available for all, 尤其是对穷人来说. 此外, 东南亚有许多岛屿, making it difficult to manage things physically, 例如“物理中心”," which is no longer a necessity in the technological age.

The ASEAN 网络 also provides scholarship programmes to students particularly for persons with disabilities to support them in pursuing higher education. 此外, the top administrators of the universities are in a dilemma to choose between serving the community and the pursuit of research. If we choose to serve the community, we cannot invest in research excellence. 另一方面, if we choose to invest in research excellence, we have to move away from community projects.

He stated that ASEAN universities are improving, as seen by the network’s strong collaboration with the 日本ese government on the JICA Project, an engineering collaboration between ASEAN and 日本ese universities. The project has been running for 20 years and is one of the longest collaborations. Universities are particularly concerned with whether or not they can compete with the top 日本ese universities in the engineering field.

然而, 随着时间的推移, they understand that being a good institution is more about forming relationships than it is about defending their own turf. He stated that there will no longer be any bilateral investment in a single university in ASEAN and 日本. The approach will be based on a cluster of universities, including two or more of the former and a couple of 日本’s top institutions. As a result, investment must be made prudently and strategically.