The Role of AEESEAP in Asia and the PacificMasahiro Takei, President of AEESEAP
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On September 16, 2011 an Executive Committee Meeting was held in Beijing, China and I was elected to the President of Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific (AEEAEAP) as of January 1st, 2012. Japanese Society for Engineering Education (JSEE) will act as the Secretary Office of AEESEAP for 3 years, from January 1st, 2012 to December 31st, 2014.
First of all, I would like to describe the historic review of AEESEAP. AEESEAP was founded as the outcome of a UNESCO regional seminar on New Approaches to Engineering Education in Asia held in Kuala Lumpur in March 1970. During the seminar it was recommended that a permanent organization for engineering education for the South East Asian region should be formed. The subsequent action by UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) led to the formation of AEESEA, the Association for Engineering Education in South East Asia. The inaugural meeting of AEESEA was held at the College of Engineering, University of the Philippines in Manila during October, 1973 in conjunction with the UNESCO regional seminar on Education, Industry Cooperation and Training. In this way AEESEA was formed. At the beginning, the association was for engineering education in Southeast Asia. However in the Executive meeting held in Seoul in 2001, this organization changed its name to the Association for Engineering Education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific with the acronym AEESEAP, to better represent the region occupied by the member countries. The change of name became retroactively effective as of 1989. Later the constitution of AEESEAP was established but it was significantly amended as proposed at the 20th Executive Committee meeting held in Manila on May 21, 2010 and final revision of the constitution appeared on July 7, 2010.
At this moment, the member countries of AEESEAP are Australia and New Zealand (two countries united to have one vote), Brunei Darussalam, PR of China, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, totaling 15 countries. They are “Voting members” who have a vote in the Executive Committee Meeting, and there are “Ordinary Members” who do not have a vote, such as American Society for Engineering Education and 77 higher engineering education organizations in Japan.
The role of AEESEAP consists of the following eight tasks. 1. To encourage regional engineering education societies for application to the international engineering education program. 2. To find problems in engineering education and find the way to resolve them through the exchange of information and personnel. 3. To give advice for improvement of the quality of engineering education. 4. To give advice to new engineering educational organizations for improvement of the quality of engineering education. 5. To encourage development of continuing engineering education and development of professional ability for engineers, technicians and educators. 6. To encourage cooperation between industrial and educational organizations, both domestically and internationally. 7. To support regional engineering educational societies for improvement of engineering education. 8. To support establishing engineering educational societies where this kind of society does not exist now.
The International Session of the 60th Annual Meeting of JSEE will be held together with AEESEAP, and the Country Reports and the Executive Committee Meeting of AEESEAP will be held on the third day (August 24, 2012) of the conference. I would like to have your support for my work in AEESEAP for the development of engineering education in Southeast and East Asia and the Pacific.