Turning Today's Youth into Tomorrow's Leaders Programme
APCICT is not only focused on building capacities of policy makers, government leaders and trainers. Investing in the region’s future leaders is also a priority for the Centre. APCICT has undertaken a number of initiatives and partnered with development and regional stakeholders to enhance the capacity of the region’s next generation of leaders in the use of ICT for socio-economic development.
In support of the International College Student Exchange Programme between ASEAN and the Republic of Korea, APCICT is collaborating with the ASEAN University Network (AUN), Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Daejeon University to create the Future ICT Leaders Programme. The project is jointly funded by the ASEAN-ROK Future Oriented Cooperation Programs Funds and Daejeon University and with technical advisory and support from UN-APCICT. The Programme offers exchange scholarships for 20 undergraduate students from ASEAN nations to study at Daejeon University, in the Republic of Korea. The scholarship includes tuition fees, room and board, a round-trip ticket, basic medical insurance and living allowance for 1 or 2 semesters.
The main objective of this project is to promote a cooperative educational programme for ICT in ASEAN countries. The programme focuses on fostering college level experts who are equipped with comprehensive knowledge in ICT. Since all the courses focus on basic subjects in ICT theories, practical applications of information and communication technology (ICT) and field studies, the experience and knowledge the ASEAN students can acquire from this programme would be applied and utilized in their future career and for their nation’s development. Since many Korean venture businesses, including ICT-related, small and medium sized entities, are expected to participate in this programme as short-term training institutions for field practices, participating students from AUN member universities may have opportunities to be hired in ICT businesses, ICT-related research institutes or ICT educational institutes after graduation.
In addition to providing advisory support, APCICT has also launched two initiatives in support of the objectives of the Future ICT Leaders Programme:
APCICT’s Young ICTD Leaders Programme is an important element in the broader Future ICT Leaders Programme. Designed to allow ASEAN University Network exchange students the opportunity to see how ICTD is practically applied, the Young ICTD Leaders Programme provides students short, yet impactful two-month work-experience stays at APCICT.
In the context of ICT for development, APCICT will provide special lectures on the role of ICT for national development and regional technical co-operation to achieve the Millennium Development Goals as compulsory courses for each student. A short-term internship for the ASEAN students will be arranged during the summer break at the office of APCICT. This short-term work-exposure is based on a competitive process and only up to 10 students will be selected per-year. The terms and conditions of this work-exposure are subject to the governing rules and regulations of the United Nations.
APCICT has also taken steps to enhance ICTD in universities throughout the region through its “Strengthening ICTD Education in Institution of Higher Learning” project, which aims to raise the awareness of the importance of ICTD education in tertiary education through advocacy to policymakers, governments and networks of relevant partners in the Asia-Pacific region.
Recent research has indicated that universities and other higher-learning institutions in the region responsible for training the next generation of leaders, lack adequate coverage of ICT for development in their curricula. Programmes and courses that are best suited to provide training and impart knowledge about the use of ICT for socio-economic development either do not cover ICTD or address it in a manner that sufficiently identifies the potential of ICT for development. The “Strengthening ICTD Education in Institutions of Higher Learning” project will work to fill the curricula gaps that currently exist and enhance overall ICTD coverage by developing an ICTD learning module to be used at the tertiary-education level.
The ‘Primer Series on ICTD for Youth’ (Primer Series) was developed to enhance coverage of ICTD in undergraduate and graduate programmes at universities in the Asia-Pacific region. The Primer Series aims to serve as a tool to help educators fill the gap in ICTD coverage in universities. It will be composed of multiple issues addressing a range of topics in ICTD. This series is intended for students from both technical and non-technical backgrounds, and is flexible enough for use in different national contexts.
The ASEAN University Network (AUN) was established in November 1995 by the ministers responsible for higher education in ASEAN countries. The AUN is established as a mechanism to help enhance the solidarity and development of regional identity through the promotion of the existing network of leading universities and higher education institutions in the ASEAN region. The AUN is made up of 21 leading universities nominated by the concerned ministries from ten ASEAN countries. They include:
Brunei: Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia: Royal University of Phnom Penh
Indonesia: Gadjah Mada University, University of Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung
Lao PDR: National University of Laos
Malaysia: Universiti Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Myanmar: Institute of Economics Myanmar, University of Yangon
Philippines: University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, Ateneo De Manila University
Singapore: National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University,
Thailand: Burapha University, Chulalongkorn University, Mahidol University
Viet Nam: Vietnam National University-Hanoi and Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh
Daejeon University (DJU), established in 1981 is recognized as one of the fastest growing universities in the Republic of Korea. DJU consists of eight colleges, one graduate school and four professional graduate schools, covering 50 major disciplines. It serves more than 12,000 students from the Republic of Korea and other countries in South-East Asia and worldwide.