IDPP Embarks on 7th Networking & Partnership Mission Across ASEAN
An IDPP delegation embarked on its 7th Networking and Partnership Mission across Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Myanmar from 4-20 February 2014. The missions are designed to deepen current partnerships and forge new partnerships with universities, outreach organizations, and NGOs/DPOs across ASEAN. Led by 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; Regional Support Staff Ms. Della Leonor; Evaluation Committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Ellis; and Senior Faculty Associate Dr. Charmaine Misalucha, as well as participation from Mr. Shuichi Ohno and Mr. Minoru Yoshida of The Nippon Foundation, for various portions of the mission.
On 3 February, Dr. Cogburn stopped in Tokyo, Japan on his way to ASEAN to meet with Mr. Ohno, Executive Director of The Nippon Foundation (TNF); Mr. Yasunobu Ishii, Director of Disability Program; and Mr. Yoshida, Program Coordinator, at TNF headquarters, where IDPP Executive Committee member Dr. Larry Campbell was also at TNF offices for meetings.
Dr. Cogburn then met Dr. Misalucha in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was subsequently joined by Mr. White; Ms. Aguilar; Dr. Ellis; Ms. Honeycutt Royce; and Ms. Leonor, where they also welcomed Mr. Yoshida of TNF to join a series of meetings with the University of Malaya (UM)’s Centre for Contuining Education (UMCCed) and International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA) on 10 and 11 February. In addition to in-depth planning meetings and site visits in preparation for the 2014 IDPP Annual Meeting, the IDPP also launched its pilot Accessible Cyberteaching Certification Training for faculty at UM on 10 February, which included the virtual participation of IDPP Evaluation Committee Vice Chair Dr. Marilyn Arnone.
The team spent 12 February in Singapore, where IDPP capacity building participant Ms. May Low joined the delegation for the day. Dr. Cogburn presented on the IDPP's work, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and collaborative research opportunities to Singapore-based NGOs AWARE and the National Council of Social Service. The delegation subsequently visited with senior administration and faculty across Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information and National Institute of Education. The group then visited the National University of Singapore (NUS) campus to meet Dr. Laksh Samavedham, Director of the NUS Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning, and subsequently, Dr. John Richardson, visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy-NUS and Professor Emeritus at American University’s School of International Service. The delegation ended their time in Singapore with a group meeting in the evening with IDPP Advisory Board member Mr. Rajaretnam, former Special Advisor on Community Building and Outreach to the ASEAN Secretary General.
Dr. Cogburn, Ms. Aguilar, Ms. Honeycutt Royce and Ms. Leonor continued on to Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, where they spent 13 February at Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The delegation met again with Dr. Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Policy Studies and Director of the Institute of Policy Studies, and UBD’s Continuing Education Centre. Dr. Cogburn also presented on Internet governance issues to the inaugural student cohort of UBD's new Master's of Public Policy and Management program.
The last leg of the mission took place in Yangon, Myanmar, where IDPP Executive Committee member Mr. Ohno, Executive Director of TNF, joined the IDPP delegation. The group met with the rectors and senior faculty and administration of Yangon University, Yangon Institute of Economics, and current partner Myanmar Institute of Theology. They also met with Dr. Myint Oo and IDPP capacity building participant Ms. Pwint Oo, as well as the US Embassy in Myanmar to discuss potential areas of collaboration on academic programs and outreach and capacity building initiatives in disability policy.