Project Name:

ASEAN University Network / Southeast Asia Engineering Education Development Network:

Japan ASEAN Collaborative Education Program (JACEP)

Project Duration: April 2019 – December 2022

Background of the Consortium:

Japan ASEAN Collaborative Renewable Energy Program (JACEP) is proposed to foster a strong educational relationship among universities in ASEAN and Japan in Energy Engineering with a strong focus on renewable energy technology. The proposed program is based on the existing Master of Renewable Energy, Double Degree Program (MRE-DD), a joint academic program managed by the University of Malaya (University A) and Kyoto University (University B). Under this proposed program, a total of twelve (12) students from each partner of ASEAN Universities (University C) will be selected to join the MRE-DD program where they spend 3+2 semesters in University A and University B. University A plays a role as a coordinator to manage and operate the JACEP program; University B plays a role as a supporter of JACEP as part of the MRE-DD track and University C will participate actively in this program. To further strengthen the learning experience of the students, additional activities such as guest lectures, technical visit, an integrated research project with industry, annual workshop/forum and joint international conference are included as part of JACEP activities. Student’s participation in the Integrated Research Project involving industry partners to gain first-hand experience industrial needs. The JACEP is expected to kick-start long-lasting education and research collaborations between Japan and ASEAN universities that will stretch beyond geographical and cultural boundaries. Five (5) universities from ASEAN has agreed to collaborate under this JACEP program; National University of Laos, Institute of Technology of Cambodia, Yangon Technological University, CanTho University and University of Brunei Darussalam. The reasons they were chosen are their interest, capability and research strength in the field of energy engineering in their respective universities. All the partners are championing renewable energy and some of them are policy makers in their respective countries. Furthermore they have shown their commitment as well as deep interest in making JACEP program as a success.

Researchers from University A has been actively engaging with researchers in University B and C on various research and academic programmes. With all the experience and dedication from University A, B and C, JACEP program can eventually be a catalyst in shaping ASEAN to be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Impact to Society:

The main ideas of this collaborative programme are to foster a strong educational relationship between universities in ASEAN and Japan. A more resilience society can be formed by having this collaborative programme especially in the area of renewable and sustainable energy. This is in line with sustainable development goal 4 which ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The content of Masters of Renewable Energy programme also ensures access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all which reflects sustainable development goal 7. Students will be exposed to have a better understanding and the importance of renewable energies and sustainability. Eventually a more environmentally concerned society is expected to be built not only in the ASEAN region but globally. This student will be the ambassador in championing renewable and sustainable energies. Besides that, more collaborative research work can be achieved between all participating universities which directly and indirectly contributes to mankind.

List of Partners  

No. Institution Name Short name Country
1 University of Malaya (ASEAN University A) UM Malaysia
2 Kyoto University (ASEAN University B) KU Japan
3 National University of Laos (ASEAN University C1) NUOL Laos
4 Institute of Technology of Cambodia (ASEAN University C2) ITC Cambodia
5 Yangon Technological University (ASEAN University C3) YTU Myanmar
6 CanTho University (ASEAN University C4) CTU Vietnam
7 University of Brunei Darussalam (ASEAN University C5) UBD Brunei
8 Daikin Research & Development (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Industry) DRDM Malaysia

Program Objectives:

  • Strengthens the existing collaboration with Kyoto University and extend academic cooperation among AUN/SEED-Net member institutions from ASEAN;
  • Promote a postgraduate program in the field of energy in order to support the development of human resource in the ASEAN region;
  • Create potential collaboration among JACEP partners through Collaborative Research Programs, Mobility and Networking Programs, and University-Industry Linkage by involvement of industry roles;
  • Establish strong platform among partners in encouraging knowledge sharing, expertise and facilities through various activities such as annual workshop/forum, guest lecture and organizing international conference;
  • Form long-term collaborations among partners in education and research programs for a sustainability growth in ASEAN region.

Concept of Proposed Program: Japan ASEAN Collaborative Education Program (JACEP)

The proposed program is based on the existing Master of Renewable Energy, Double Degree Program (MRE-DD), jointly managed by University of Malaya, Malaysia (UM) and Kyoto University, Japan (KU). Both parties are having close collaboration for the academic programe since June 2013.

Under the proposed program, JACEP, six (6) students from University C will be selected to join the MRE-DD program track every year. The students shall comply with the requirements of the MRE program and undergo a 3+2 semester schedule in UM and KU as with the MRE-DD track students. University C will support the program with the recommendation and selection of potential students to participate in this program. Furthermore, University C shall participate in JACEP through the delivering of guest lectures and presentation of their research findings during a workshop/forum. Under the program, student:

  1. Student spends a minimum of three (3) semesters at UM and then minimum of two (2) semesters at KU, with two dissertations: one submitted to UM, one to KU.
  2. Two Master degree certificates each awarded by UM and KU.
Figure: Concept of JACEP Program