April/May IDPP Networking & Partnership Mission Across ASEAN
From 22 April – 2 May 2013, an IDPP delegation embarked on its fifth Networking and Partnership Mission to the ASEAN region of the past calendar year to Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. The regular networking missions are an essential part of the IDPP’s efforts to deepen relationships with existing and prospective partners, faculty, and students, as well as expand its outreach and network capacity throughout the ASEAN region.
The delegation consisted of Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn; Associate Director Ms. Kerri West; Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; and Regional Coordinator Mr. Muhammad Joni Yulianto. Additionally, various representatives from The Nippon Foundation joined the delegation at different points throughout the mission. The first stop of the mission was to Bangkok, Thailand from 22-23 April 2013, where The Nippon Foundation International Program Coordinator Mr. Minoru Yoshida joined the delegation.
Two separate meetings with Mahidol University (MU); a meeting with outreach partner the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability; and a visit to the Sampran Riverside Hotel allowed for continued 2013 IDPP Annual Meeting and Residency planning, as well as further discussions with key MU leadership Dr. Surakit Nathisuwan, Vice President for International Relations, and IDPP Executive Committee member Dr. Banchong Mahaisavariya, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
On the night of 23 April 2013, the team departed for Yangon, Myanmar. The IDPP continues to focus attention on establishing partners in Myanmar, including most recently, Dr. Cogburn’s participation with American University colleagues on a historic higher education delegation to Myanmar organized by the Institute on International Education’s International Academic Partnership Program. The April visit allowed for follow-up meetings with key individuals, including Ms. Adrienne Nutzman, Public Affairs Officer at the United States Embassy in Yangon; Dr. Myint Oo, Director of the Win Family Health Clinic in Yangon and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine; and Dr. Bob Winter, Director of the Cetana-Open University of Hong Kong Program. The delegation also visited the Myanmar Independent Living Initiative; met with prospective CIDP Master’s students and faculty in Yangon; and conducted an interview with The Myanmar Times.
From 26-28 April 2013, the delegation visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where they spent a day with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staff based in Cambodia. The day included a site visit to a CRS-supported inclusive education primary school in Takeo; a briefing on CRS’ inclusive education programs and working groups in the Mekong region; and a meeting with the Disability Action Council in Phnom Penh. The aforementioned visits were coordinated by AU School of International Service’s International Development Program alumna Ms. Michelle Markey, who serves as Regional Technical Advisor to CRS programs in Asia.
The next day, IDPP staff met with the Royal University of Phnom Penh to continue partnership discussions, and also met with current CIDP student Mr. Khy Huy and a prospective CIDP student.
The delegation then spent 29 April 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to meet with partner University of Malaya, their Centre for Continuing Education (UMCCed), and their International Institute for Public Policy and Management (INPUMA). The visit offered invaluable opportunities to further progress on the collaborative OnLine English (OLE) program planned with UMCCed and meet with a variety of INPUMA faculty members to discuss deeper collaboration opportunities.
30 April 2013 was spent in Singapore, where the IDPP delegation was joined by Mr. Daiji Tateishi, Program Coordinator at The Nippon Foundation’s International Program Department. The day-long visit to this city-state offered continued discussions with partner Lee Kuan Yew (LKY) School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore around executive education and collaborative research. In addition to meeting with IDPP Executive Committee member and Vice Dean of Research Dr. Kanti Bajpai, the delegation also met with executive education faculty and staff members at the LKY School.
The visit also offered the opportunity to meet with Dr. Mahboob Mahmood of Knowledge Platform.
The mission concluded with its last stops in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. On 1 May 2013 in Jakarta, the IDPP met with its video production consulting company; AGENDA: The General Election Network for Disability Access; and several affiliate regional collaborators. In Yogyakarta on 2 May 2013, the team met with IDPP Executive Committee member Dr. Ro'fah Mudzakir and other staff at partner Universitas Islam Negeri-Sunan Kalijaga, as well as with Universitas Gadjah Mada, to discuss collaborative research initiatives and next steps, and deepen partnerships at both institutions.