The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) was established in 1956 as a non-governmental organization at a meeting in Bangkok of the heads of eight state universities in Southeast Asia. Field Marshal Pibulsongkram, the then Thai Prime Minister, supported its foundation and approved the setting up of the Secretariat in Thailand. His government gave financial and material support which continued for several years until the Association had other sources of funds. Recently, in addition to physical facilities, the Thai government has been supporting the Association with an annual grant of US$5,000.
ASAIHL's purpose is to assist member institutions to strengthen themselves through mutual self-help and to achieve international distinction in teaching, research and public service. In so doing, the institutions contribute strength to their respective nations and to the entire region. Specifically, the Association exists to foster the development of the institutions themselves, the cultivation of a sense of regional identity and interdependence and to liaise with other regional and international organizations concerned with research and teaching.
It serves as a clearing-house of information, provides regular opportunities for the discussion of academic development and general university development; assists member institutions in the recruitment and placement of faculty and staff, exchanges of professors and students and in the development of co-operative arrangements on specific projects; provides advisory services of consultants; strengthens the relationship with regional and international bodies and keeps member institutions informed about developments; and recognises and acknowledges distinctive achievements among Southeast Asian institutions of higher education.
- Sir Nicholas Attygalle, University of Ceylon
- Air Marshal Muni M. Vejyant Rangshrisht, Chulalongkorn University
- Dr. Lindsay Ride, University of Hong Kong
- Prof. Bahder Djohan, University of Indonesia
- Sir Sydney Caine, University of Malaya
- Dr. Vidal A. Tan, University of the Philippines
- Dr. Htin Aung, University of Rangoon
- Prof. Nguyen-Quang-Trinh, National University of Vietnam
Until December 2016, ASAIHL already accepted more than 200 members institutions of 28 countries. IN the next years ASAIHL will expand to ASAIHL+G in order to globalize its membership. (more information on www.seameo.org/asaihl/
ASAHIL Conference 2016
The most regular activities of ASAIHL is the organization of semiannual conferences with global theme and participation. The member countries are requested to host these conferences. In 2016 the National University of Taiwan (NUT) was hosting the May conference and the University Putra Malaysia (MPU) the December conference. Theme for the last conference is “Borderless Open Access Education”. The USTH was planned to host the December conference in 2020 in Vietnam.
The general format of the conference is including keynotes, country reports, concurrent reports and roundtable discussion. The next host request to announce the date and place for coming conference.
To highlight ASAIHL 2016 at UPM the 4 keynote addresses were delivered by:
(1.) The Honorable YB Datuk Mary Yap Kain Ching, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Malaysia: Higher Education in the 21st
Century: Borderless and Accessible;
(2.) His Excellency Dr. Jose Manuel Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize Lauriat and Former President of Timor-Leste: Equitable Human Development through Borderless Education: A Global Perspective;
(3.) Professor Tan Sri Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak, President of the International Association of Universities (IAU) and Former ASAIHL President (2007-2008), Malaysia: Is Borderless Open Access Education the Rising “Tide” that lifts All Boats;
(4.) Prof. Alexandre Ardichvili , University of Minnesota. USA: Leadership and Leadership Development in Higher Education: Lessons from Corporate HRD Programs.
Prof. Le Tran Binh was representing USTH in this conference and contributed by giving a country report entitled “Collaborative Research Activities ensure Successful International Collaboration in Higher Education at USTH’
and chairing a concurrent session on Use of Innovative Technology in Learning (Online and Mobil Learning)
(More information see www.asaihl2016.upm.edu.my/home.php).
Asaihl Executive Board Meeting during the ASAIHL Conference 2016 “ Borderless Open Access Education”, University Putra Malaysia, 4-6 December 2016