This year the AIMS Review Meeting was held at Army Hotel, Hanoi Vietnam from 7 – 9 November 2018. AIMS stands for the ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) Programme. Since its launch in 2010, the programme has grown from a 3 country members of 23 Universities to 8 country members of 69 universities; and announced by Centre Director SEMEO RIHED, Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond that Singapore has recently expressed interest in the AIMS Programme and has submitted a Letter of Interest to join the Programme as the 9th Member country.
There are now 3400 students who have participated in the exchange under the AIMS Programme since it’s launch. The participating universities offer range of study fields for AIMS students to choose from and there are currently 10 study fields offered by the programme which are Hospitality and Tourism, Agriculture, Language & Culture, International Business, Food Science and Technology, Economics, Engineering, Environmental Management & Science, Biodiversity and Marine Science.
Universiti Putra Malaysia sent 4 faculty members and International Relation Officers (IRO) from i-PUTRA to be a part of this review meeting. Faculty members who attend the meeting are Dr. Adilah Abd Razak, from faculty of Economics and Management, Assoc. Prof. Dr Azura Adam from Faculty of Agriculture, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kamziah Abd Kudus of Faculty of Forestry, and Mr. Dahlan Ismail from Faculty of Food Technology and Science; On behalf of i-Putra, Mrs. Saliza Mustafa and Miss Nadia Zawani Hussin was present.
Day 1 programme was more on ice breaking sessions and discussions such as Interactive Plenary Sessions: Making sense of Regional Identity. The session offers an opportunity to review the current implementation and reconsider how collective reach the AIMS objective with Ms. Prontip Kajananiyot, a special advisor of SEAMEO RIHED. There is also parallel sessions for the faculty and representatives of IROs. Session for the faculties aims to gather input from faculty staffs and executive member HEIs to pursue possibilities to extend collaboration beyond student mobility within respective study fields. In particular, it encourages representative to share current practice of teaching and research activities to progress cross-border collaboration in these areas. As for IROs group , The session provides a platform for IROs representatives to share current practices of member universities in promoting the programme, and to add more touch of quality for IRO to support for the achievement of AIMS objectives.
Day 2 programme, was the opening session and introductory remarks by Dr. Chantavit Sujatanond, Centre Director of SEAMEO RIHED, Dr. Tran Anh Tuan, The deputy Director General, Higer Education Department, Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam. The programme continued with countries report on the main theme of National Development Plan and Progress. This platform provides opportunity for ministry representatives of AIMS Member Countries to share a national update of AIMS Programme implementation; including relevant policy changes, progress and challenges as well as recommendations.
The last day of the programme begins with the update on the collaborative research project to measure the experiences of AIMS participating students and a AIMS alumni session, which explores the experience they gain as AIMS students alumni and how it was valued in pursuing future career and education. The programme continued with arrangement of the 13th AIMS Annual Review Meeting and the 10-years Anniversary Event, which will be held in November 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The meeting provides a timely opportunity for all of AIMS members to revisit progress, both from the perspective of the national authorities through the country reports, as well as from the students’ perspective through the alumni session and reporting of the result of the collaborative project measuring the experience of AIMS participating students. Marking important milestones, with aim of fostering harmonization in higher education, university collaboration and internalisation of the education programmes.
Prepared by: Nadia Zawani Hussin
Date of Input: 22/11/2018 | Updated: 28/11/2018 | azlida_jamil
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