Top scholars from 60 Int'l HEIs gather for ASEAN Connect 2017

Racidon P. Bernarte, Buellah May P. Convento, Emejidio C. Gepila Jr., News, Communication Management Office

Top caliber scholars, scientists, academicians, and policy makers from more than 60 higher education institutions and organizations in Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other countries participated in the "ASEAN Connect 2017: A Forum on Extension in Higher Education" held on September 21 to 22, 2017 at the Century Park Hotel, Manila.

With the theme, "One ASEAN, One Framework, One Network," Asean Connect served as an important venue for dynamic, democratic, and participative discussion to offer a clear pathway to achieving realizable, relevant, beneficial, and practical region-wide extension programs. It aimed to advance advocacies that promote Food Production and Security; Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Energy; Promotion of Science and Technology; and Education for STEAM. It also served as venue towards building a network of extensionists whose primarily objective is to contribute not only to national development but also to regional prosperity.

ASEAN Deputy Secretary General for Socio Cultural Community Department H.E. Vongthep Arthakaivalvatee served as the keynote speaker where he reiterated the importance of the event in generating awareness among ASEAN.

Aside from lectures, one of the highlights of the event was the symbolic signing of ASEAN- Extension Network which was participated by representatives from ASEAN higher education institutions.

The event was hosted by the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Commission on Higher Education, and the Department of Science and Technology - National Capital Region, with the support from the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges, the Asia-Pacific Consortium of Researchers and Educators, and the Philippine Information Agency.


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