Concluding 3 years of Secretary’s Office of AEESEAPHajime Fujita, Deputy Secretary General of AEESEAP
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Origin and History Origin and history of AEESEA is described already1), however, I will summarize it briefly. On 1973, AEESEA (Association for Engineering Education in Southeast Asia) was established by the support of UNESCO, in order to refresh the engineering education in Southeast Asia.
After a while East Asia and the Pacific countries were included and its name was changed to AEESEAP (Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific). The financial situation of the member countries changed a lot since establishment of AEESEA, and activities of AEESEAP was declined for about 10 years, between mid-90’s and mid-2000, and support from UNESCO was discontinued. On 2008, then the President of AEESEAP, Prof. Hodgson of Massey Univ., New Zealand tried to restore the activities of AEESEAP and planned to have the Executive Committee Meeting (hereinafter ECM). The place was offered by the College of Science and Technology, Nihon University in Tokyo and present author made full effort to have the meeting. In the meeting, Prof. Hodgson declare retirement and next President Country will be China (2009-2011), followed by Japan (2012-2014), and Prof. Gao, (Tsinghua Univ.) of China was elected to be the next President, and the present author was elected as the First Vice President.
2. Restoration of AEESEAP At the AEESEAP ECM held at Seoul, Korea in 2009, UNESCO attended the meeting and UNESCO support for AEESEAP was restored. UNESCO also attended in 2010 Workshop of AEESEAP held in Manila, Philippines to assist becoming member of Washington Accord. Present author retired from the Director for International Affairs of JSEE (Japanese Society for Engineering Education) but from 2012 Japan became the President’s Country and Prof. Takei (Chiba Univ.), then Director for International Affairs of JSEE became the President, and Mr. Kemmochi, Executive Director of JSEE became the Secretary General of AEESEAP, and the present author who knows AEESEAP rather well became the Deputy Secretary General to assist the President and the Secretary General. In 2013, President of AEESEAP was changed to Prof. Komeda of Shibaura Institute of Technology. During 3 years as the AEESEAP Office, we could restore the activities of AEESEAP in some way but we regret that we could not find the new ways of AEESEAP.
3. Relation between AEESEAP and FEIAP-NABEEA, and AEESEAP’s future direction Let us talk about relationship between AEESEAP, and FEIAP (Federation of Engineering Institution of Asia and the Pacific) and NABEEA (Network of Accreditation Bodies of Engineering Education in Asia) and the future direction of AEESEAP.
Essentially AEESEAP should support the member countries to join the Washington Accord; FEIAP is, however, working in this direction. AEESEAP should consider the establishment of Asian Accord which is an Asian version of Washington Accord. On the other hand, FEIAP should concentrate on University-Industry Cooperation; however, present status seems to be vice versa. NABEEA was established in 2007 as the network of accreditation bodies of engineering education in Asia and seems to have General Assembly last year in Seoul. KSEE should work together with ABEEK (Accreditation Board of Engineering Education in Korea) for the accreditation. Engineering, especially basic engineering is absolutely necessary for everyday life, but in general it is not recognized so. AEESEAP should concentrate on supporting basic engineering.
AEESEP and FEIAP should return to their original purpose and consider the future directions. I expect that the activities of AEESEAP should work with KSEE as the central force.
References 1) H. Fujita (Original version in Japanese, reported by Yoichi Kemmochi, on Journal of JSEE 62-5, pp. 83-87, 2014), AEESEAP News No. 13, Report o AEESEAP International Conference, ICADRE14 and AEESEAP 24th Executive Committee Meeting.