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3rd Plenary Meeting of ASEA-Uninet, Yogyakarta/Indonesia, 16-18 February 1998


    • Opening speech of Vice-Minister Dr. Sigurd Höllinger


The 3rd Plenary Meeting was held in Yogyakarta and hosted by Gadjah Mada University. Prof. Dr. Sukanto Reksohadiprodjo, Rector of Gadjah Mada University, has been the Chairman of ASEA UNINET from 1997 to 1998, during which period ASEA UNINET grew from 25 to 32 member universities, i.e. 8 Austrian, 4 other European, 4 Indonesian, 1 Philippine, 10 Thai, and 5 Vietnamese universities. This 3rd Plenary Meeting was attended by 61 participants, including Dr. Sigurd Höllinger, Vice-Minister for Science and Transport, Republic of Austria, Dr. Viktor Segalla, Ambassador, Republic of Austria and Prof.Dr.Ir. Bambang Suhendro, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture, Republic of Indonesia. Other participants are prominent figures in academic institutions in member countries.

The meeting was attended by several observers among them representatives of Ministries. The opening speech of Vice-Minister Dr. Sigurd Höllinger is attached to this report.



All National Coordinators (Austria, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia) reported on the development of organizations, programmes (projects) and some budget problems due to the current monetary crisis in South-East Asia, and budget restrictions in Austria.

The network has expanded in response to applications of new members from both European and Asian countries.

All the National Coordinators presented progress reports on projects and programmes carried out with regard to Student Exchange Programmes, Staff Exchange Programmes and Research Cooperation Programmes.

Prof.Dr.B.M.Rode, the National Coordinator for Austria, also presented the newly installed internet homepage of ASEA UNINET as well as the Notice Board with some explanatory remarks.



Five Associate Members of ASEA UNINET presented the profiles of their universities, namely:

  1. Technical University of Prague, Czech Republic
  2. Southern Denmark School of Business and Engineering, Denmark
  3. University of Barcelona, Spain
  4. University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  5. University of Middlesex, United Kingdom

One Associate Member, the University of the Philippines was absent at this 3rd Plenary Meeting.

The five Associate Members presented the structure of their Degree and Non-Degree Programmes. All Associate Members, except the University of Barcelona, already have programmes which are conducted in English.



In accordance with the results of the 1st Plenary Meeting and a request from the Austrian side, the meeting is seeking possibilities to extend the network within Europe - South-East Asia. It is on this line that the meeting felt it was important to invite the European Commission Representative to give a presentation on the EC cooperation framework, who made the following comments:

The EC current policy in Asia is to strengthen higher education and training links with Asia, including university cooperation schemes targeted into technological policies and management studies and emphasizing the implementation of joint or mutually recognised postgraduate programmes, joint research and other education schemes.

DGIB which covers South and South-East Asia has planned funding of academic cooperation between the European Union and ASEAN, but no budget has been made available to date. Other possible funding could be found through DGXII which covers academic cooperation with third countries. The DGIB scheme will involve projects between at least 2 partners in South-East Asian countries and at least 2 partners in the EU member countries. The proposal provides for 20 cooperation projects per year in 4 years' time. Networking will be a main objective of the EU-ASEAN programme and a network structure between AUN and EU universities should be built up (which certainly seems to be a "duplication" of the early ASEA-UNINET formation process!)

There will first be a tender for management of the cooperation projects and a subsequent tender for project proposals. When the scheme involves a university of a non-member country, this university has an obligation to provide a contribution which can be "in kind".



Discussions were held and several decisions made during the Plenary Meeting regarding ASEA UNINET Policy:

  1. The network will take a "soft line" in accepting Associate Members as Full Members of ASEA UNINET. It is the feeling of the participants that the network should be extended to incorporate other European countries in the existing network. The acceptance into Full Membership of any Associate Member will be based upon the following criteria:
    • Continuously running programme(s)
    • Activity not restricted to a single project
  2. An intra-sessional meeting for National Coordinators (in 9 months) will be held to decide on the acceptance of Associate Members as Full Members.
  3. Membership fees remain unchanged:
    • European universities USD 500
    • South-East Asian universities USD 300 with the exception of
    • Indo-Chinese universities USD 100
  4. Due to the current monetary crisis, the enrolment fee for new South-East Asian University Associate Members is USD 250 which will be reconsidered at the 4th Plenary Meeting. The enrolment fee for European universities remains at USD 1000.
  5. It was agreed at the meeting that the number of members is to be limited to 50 participating universities for the present term of office.
  6. The Austrian National Coordinator was elected as the European Coordinator.
  7. The Thai National Coordinator was elected as the Asian Coordinator.
  8. The funding proposal for UNESCO will not be discussed further.
  9. The participants agreed that due to the complexity of proposal development and evaluation, a working group might be established on the issue of EU funding. Prof.BM.Rode would act as the coordinator of this working group.
  10. Regarding EC funding, there are two possibilities that should be explored further:
    • Using ASEA UNINET as an umbrella institution whenever applying for EC projects (for DGIB and DGXII project)
    • Seeking possibilities of forming a task force - together with another European partner- to bid for management projects.

The network has established a homepage.

The most important feature of the homepage is the notice board as a media for exchanging general information about ongoing research, staff exchange so that other member universities can benefit from the information and easily join in ongoing activities



All participants split into five groups, namely :

  1. Agriculture and Biotechnology
  2. Basic Science and Engineering
  3. Economics/Business, Social Sciences and Tourism
  4. Medicine
  5. Philosophy and Art

The university delegates have intensively discussed the focus area of cooperation in each group in order to decide on the areas of cooperation that will be continued and the areas that will be set up. The results of these discussions are the following:

Group I


  1. Biotechnology and Genetics
    • Gadjah Mada (plant breeding)
    • Kasetsart University (food services)
    • Suranaree University (molecular genetics of native livestock)
    • Diponegoro University (animal food)
    • Prince of Songkhla (food services)
    • Khon Kaen University (antibiotics)
    • University of Veterinary Medicine –Vienna
    • University of Agricultural Sciences –Vienna
    • University of Vienna-Biozentrum
  2. Food Services and Animal Food
    • Gadjah Mada; Kasetsart; Diponegoro (animal food); Khon Kaen (animal food); Prince of Songkhla; University of Veterinary Medicine -Vienna; University of Agricultural Sciences -Vienna
  3. Sustainable Agriculture
    • Gadjah Mada; Suranaree; University of Agricultural Sciences -Vienna;
    • University of Vienna-Biozentrum
  4. Training Courses
    1. Mycotoxins
      • Gadjah Mada; Diponegoro; Kasetsart; Khon Kaen; University of Veterinary Medicine -Vienna
    2. Advance Techniques to Measure Bioproductivity in Changing Environment.
      • Gadjah Mada; Diponegoro; University of Indonesia; University of Vienna - Biozentrum
  5. Development of Sandwich Programme and Joint Degree


Group II


Following areas of cooperation have been evaluated and agreed upon:

Area of CooperationExistContinuedUniversities InvolvedNew
Computational Chemistry and Physics * * Innsbruck U., Chulalongkorn U., UGM., Vienna U., Univ. of HCMC, Univ.Pharmacy HCMC
Combustion Engineering * * T.U.Graz, M. U. Leoben, Chulalongkorn U., ITS, T. U. Prague ;
Material Sciences/ Engineering * * U.I., ITB, UGM, M.U. Leoben
Environmental Engineering * Univ. of Middlesex, T. U. Vienna, T. U. Graz
Geography Information System / GIS, Geodetics Engineering - - T.U. Graz, M. U. Leoben, Chulalongkorn U., T. U. Vienna, UI, UGM *
Traffic, Railway and Tunnel Engineering - - T.U. Graz, M.U. Leoben, Innsbruck U., ITS, UGM, UI, Chulalongkorn U., T.U. Prague *
Production and Manufacture Engineering - - T.U. Vienna, T.U. Graz, ITS *
Applied Mathematics - - T.U. Vienna, UGM, U. Graz, ITS *
Microbiology and Biocatalyst - - UI, T.U. Graz, U.Graz *
Computer Sciences and Internet * * T.U. Vienna, ITS, UGM


Group III


During the meeting, several focus areas were identified, namely:

  1. Economics and business
    1. Health Economics
    2. Monetary Economics
    3. General Management
  2. Tourism
    1. Management
    2. Tourism Demand
    3. Marketing Strategy
    4. Tourism Impact Studies (Impact on Environment, Culture, etc.)
  3. Social Sciences / Humanities
    1. Impact of Globalization
    2. Psychology (Cross-Cultural Aspect)

Types of Activities
It is proposed that the activities are focused on the following:

  1. Applied Research - Mono/multi-disciplinary approach
  2. Teaching/Education by means of:
    • Student Exchange
    • Staff Exchange
    • Joint Degree Programmes
    • Curriculum development

With the priority on the research experience for junior research staff development

At the meeting, it was decided that tourism is the focus of cooperation in the area of social sciences/humanities/economics due to its nature as a multi-disciplinary area. In particular, two concrete projects were identified, namely:

  • Small and medium size enterprises in tourism
  • Tourism Information System

Following universities were identified as country coordinators for the projects:

Small and Medium Size Enterprises in Tourism University of Innsbruck Gadjah Mada University Prince of Songkhla University
Tourism Information System Technical University of Vienna Gadjah Mada University Prince of Songkhla University

It has been decided that the country coordinators will be invited to attend the ENTER Conference, in January 1999 in Innsbruck, to discuss further the preparatory work for the ASEA UNINET cooperation programme in tourism research and education.


Group IV


Universities and countries involved in the Medicine Research Focus Area - namely :

  1. University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  2. University of Medicine & Pharmacy, Vietnam
  3. Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
  4. Khon Kaen University, Thailand
  5. Diponegoro University, Indonesia
  6. Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand
  7. University of Vienna, Austria
  8. Innsbruck University, Austria

Research Focus Areas chosen by each university are as follows :

Focus AreaUniversities
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Mycotoxins * * * * * * *
Rational Drug Use and Pharmacoeconomics * * * * * * -
Biomedical * * * * * * *
Health Care (Clinical) * * * * * * * *
Medicinal Plants * * * * - * *
Toxicopy - * - - - - - *
Human Resources Development * * * * * * *


Group V


Fields : History, Political Sciences, Sociology, Literature, Fine Arts (with priority given to Music).


  1. 1st Step: South-East Asian studies in Austria
    5 - 6 Experts in South-East Asian Studies will be invited to give lectures (block) at University of Vienna, University of Innsbruck, etc.
    Time: 2 weeks in total (± 30 hours or 6 hours / lecture).
    Proposal: By universities in Indonesia.
  2. 2nd Step: European studies in Indonesia (as 1st Step only vice versa)
    5 - 6 Experts in European Studies will be invited to give lectures (block) at University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, Diponegoro University, etc.
    Time: 2 weeks in total (± 30 hours or 6 hours / lecture).
    Proposal: By universities in Austria.



a. National Coordinators
The National Coordinators elected are as follows:
Austria: Prof. Dr. B.M. Rode
Thailand: Dr. Surapone Virulrak
Vietnam: Prof. Dr. Vu Khanh
Indonesia: Prof. Dr. M.K. Tajuddin
Denmark: Prof. Dr. Lars Jorgensen
Czech Rep.: Prof. Dr. Vladimir Marik
Spain: Prof. Dr. Juan Tugores
UK: Prof. Dr. Norman Revell


b. The Result of the National Coordinators’ Meeting
It was decided to accept the following universities as new Associate Members:
  • Silpakorn University, Thailand
  • Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

and following universities as Full Members:

  • University of Music and Arts, Vienna, Austria
  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Indonesia, Indonesia


c. Venue for 4th Plenary Meeting
It has been decided that the 4th Plenary Meeting will be held in Vienna, in the 1stweek of July 1999. The venue for the intra-sessional meeting will be decided upon by the new Chairman.


d. New Chairman
The meeting agreed to appoint Prof.Dr.B.M.Rode as the new Chairman from 1998-1999.


e. Remarks from the new Chairman
The new Chairman put forward several remarks:
  • To provide a wider European dimension to the network which means more ties with European countries and European universities
  • To seek funds for South-East Asian members for full participation in the next conference which will be held in Austria
  • To take care of a "controlled" and smooth enlargement of the network
  • To hold an intra-sessional meeting in September/October 1998
  • To explore further the possibilities of EC funding for the network and its projects