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IDPP Embarks on 8th Partnership Mission to ASEAN

IDPP-RUPP Inclusive Education and Disability Policy Workshop photoThe IDPP is excited to embark on its 8th Networking and Partnership Mission to the ASEAN region from 9-22 November with stops in Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia. Led by Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn, the delegation includes Director of Technology Mr. Clyde White, Jr.; Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt Royce; and Program Associate Ms. Della Leonor. Prior to joining the rest of the delegation, Dr. Cogburn flew to Tokyo, Japan on 5 November to meet with colleagues at The Nippon Foundation, including Executive Director Mr. Shuichi Ohno and Program Coordinator Mr. Minoru Yoshida.

Following the meetings, Dr. Cogburn traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Prior to his departure on 9 November, Dr. Cogburn delivered a class session on 8 November to Master of Public Policy students at University of Malaya INPUMA as part of his  “Development and Public Policy” INPUMA course. Dr. Cogburn will also deliver lectures on 15 and 22 November.

Dr. Cogburn presents at Inclusive Education and Disability Policy Workshop photoMs. Leonor accompanied Dr. Cogburn as they traveled from Kuala Lumpur to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to join the remaining IDPP delegation. The delegation’s visit to Phnom Penh featured the full-day workshop "Inclusive Education and Disability Policy" co-organized by IDPP and university partner Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) on 12 November at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center on RUPP’s campus. The workshop - the first IDPP event of its kind - was open to the public with participants from RUPP’s senior administration, faculty and staff; the Cambodian DPO/NGO community; and government representatives. The workshop featured sessions on the strategic disability policy context in ASEAN and globally; teaching students of all abilities; accessible cyberteaching; and more.

Ms. Kanika of RUPP presents at Inclusive Education and Disability Policy Workshop photoThe IDPP was delighted to host a RUPP delegation at the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting in August, where they participated in the IDPP Accessible Cyberteaching Training Workshop, Fourth Annual Advisory Board Meeting, and High-Level Multistakeholder Roundtable on Inclusive Education Policy. The workshop was a concrete collaborative outcome of the partnership, which served as a valuable national-level capacity building opportunity for educators, disability policy leaders and advocates, and more.

Following their stay in Cambodia, the delegation traveled to Malaysia, where they conducted internal staff meetings and met with colleagues Dr. Norhayati Zakaria and Dr. Shafiz of Universiti Utara Malaysia on exciting prospective collaboration. Following Dr. Cogburn’s course lecture on 15 November, which included a guest lecture by IDPP Advisory Board member Dr. Victor Pineda of World Enabled on his Inclusive Cities Project, the delegation met with IDPP Fellows and capacity building participants. The team traveled to Cyberjaya from 18-19 November to visit Multimedia University and met with several of the University’s senior administrators and faculty, including Dr. Khoo Ah-Choo, Deputy Dean and Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Media and Dr. Yuen Yee Yee, lecturer in the Knowledge Management Faculty to explore collaborative teaching and research opportunities. The team also met again with SEAMEO SEN colleagues and continued discussions with MMU at their Melaka Campus while in Malaysia.

The delegation concluded its mission in Yogyakarta, Indonesia from 19-21 November, where it will met with key faculty and staff at partner Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) - Master of Management faculty to advance progress on collaborative academic programs. IDPP staff also met with the ASEAN University Network Business and Economics Thematic Network Secretariat staff, based at UGM, while in Yogyakarta.

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