IDPP Embarks on First 2015 Mission to ASEAN Region
The IDPP embarked on its 9th mission across the ASEAN region – the first mission in the 2015 new year – from 7-23 January. Coming on the heels of the IDPP’s successful multifaceted participation at HICSS-48, the mission included a complex range of workshops, meetings, presentations, and activities with partners in Singapore; Malaysia; Vietnam and Japan.
The mission’s key highlights included a panel presentation of “The 'Grand Challenge' of Disability and Development: Comparative Analysis of ASEAN Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, and Vietnam" at the International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus in Singapore; conducting two IDPP Workshops on Inclusive Education and Disability Policy at Multimedia University in Malaysia and VASS/GASS in Vietnam; critical planning meetings with partners Ateneo de Manila University, SEAMEO SEN and The Nippon Foundation; and high-level meetings to discuss prospective partnerships with Universiti Utara Malaysia and others.
Led by IDPP Executive Director Dr. Derrick Cogburn, the delegation included Assistant Director of Communication Ms. Maya Aguilar; Program Coordinator Ms. Kerry Honeycutt-Royce; Program Associates Ms. Della Leonor and Ms. Eloisa “Louie” Zepeda; and Regional Research Coordinator Mr. Khy Huy.
The mission began with the IDPP’s participation at the International Studies Association (ISA) Global South Caucus Conference held from 8-10 January at Singapore Management University. A multinational IDPP research team composed of individuals from IDPP staff, faculty, and partner institutions delivered a panel presentation on the IDPP research project, "The “Grand Challenge” of Disability and Development: Comparative Analysis of ASEAN Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Malaysia, Philippines, Cambodia, Singapore, and Vietnam" on 10 January at 1:00 PM SGT. Chaired by Dr. Cogburn, the panel featured Dr. Ruzita Mohd Amin of International Islamic University-Malaysia; Dr. Norhayati Zakaria of Universiti Utara Malaysia; Dr. Rohana binti Jani of University of Malaya; Dr. Wong Ee Meng of Nanyang Technological University-Singapore; Ms. Paula Appelhans of Association of Women for Action & Research-Singapore; Ms. May Low, active volunteer of the Singapore Association of the Deaf; Mr. Khy Huy, IDPP Regional Research Coordinator; and Mr. Muhammad Fadhlullah bin Sharuddin, IDPP Fellow and Assistant Director of Disability Services Unit at International Islamic University of Malaysia.
In addition, the IDPP held its first face-to-face IDPP Research Team Meeting of 2015 on 10 January, as well as a half-day meeting with two colleagues from Ateneo de Manila University, Dr. Maria Elissa Lao and Dr. Alma Maria Salvador of Ateneo de Manila University’s Political Science Department, to continue discussions on collaboration of a virtual master’s degree program.
The IDPP delegation then traveled to Malaysia for the following week. On 12 January, the IDPP conducted an all-day workshop on “Inclusive Education and Disability Policy” at Multimedia University for members of the MMU senior administration, faculty and staff with the active participation of disabled persons' organizations and disability advocacy leaders. Following the workshop, the delegation traveled to Kuala Lumpur, where Dr. Cogburn invigilated the final exam for his “Development and Public Policy” INPUMA course on the morning 13 January at University of Malaya. The delegation traveled to Melaka in the afternoon to participate in planning meetings with IDPP outreach partner SEAMEO SEN on the jointly-organized IDPP-SEAMEO SEN workshop on Global, Regional and National Disability Policy in March 2015 for Ministry of Education government officials from across the region. While in Melaka, the IDPP also met with senior administrators from Multimedia University Melaka’s Learning Institute for Empowerment (LIFE) to further discuss collaboration on academic programs and the 2015 IDPP Annual Meeting. The delegation spend the remainder of the week meeting with colleagues at University of Malaya, Microsoft Malaysia, and with prominent disability rights advocate Senator Bathmavathi Krishnan of the Upper House of the Parliament of Malaysia.
From 18-19 January, IDPP traveled to Penang, Malaysia for a series of visits and high-level meetings with prospective partner Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). At UUM, the delegation met with the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic); Deans and senior administrators from UUM’s International Relations and International Technology faculties; doctoral students; and staff to introduce the IDPP and continue discussions on concrete areas of collaboration.
On 20 January, the IDPP delegation traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam to conduct the mission’s second workshop on “Inclusive Education and Disability Policy” hosted by partner Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences/Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (VASS/GASS). The President, several Vice Presidents, and other senior administrators and faculty from VASS/GASS, government ministries, and leaders from disabled persons' organizations participated in the full-day workshop, a timely event as Vietnam is the latest ASEAN country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December 2014.
The final leg of the mission took place on 21 January in Tokyo, Japan, where Dr. Cogburn and IDPP senior management members Ms. Aguilar and Ms. Honeycutt-Royce held strategic planning meetings with The Nippon Foundation.