2015 AUAP Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 28 - The Annual meeting of the Association of Universities of Asia and the Pacific (AUAP) was held on the 26th of July, 2015. It was hosted by Suranaree University of Technology (SUT) in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The occasion also marked the 20th anniversary of the AUAP. About 200 leaders of a number of colleges and universities in the Asia-Pacific region attended this conference. The opening ceremony was presided over by Prof. Dr. Ricardo Pama, the General Secretary of the AUAP.


The President of the AUAP, Dr. Shawn Chen, who is also the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Sias, gave the introductory speech and a detailed report about the AUAP’s organizational functioning, membership requirements, existing members, and its financial revenue. He also spoke about the next AUAP meeting that will be held in Taiwan in December.


Prof. Dr. Neal King, the President of the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), spoke about the organizational relationship between the AUAP and the IAUP, the purposes of this relationship, and membership requirements of the IAUP. Dr. Edward Hammond, former president of Fort Hays State University in Kansas, U.S.A., spoke about the conditions for the annual selection of host cities, and the preparations involved for these meetings.


On the afternoon of the 26th, the AUAP held bilateral and multilateral agreement signing ceremonies for several member universities.


In the evening, at the anniversary celebrations, Dr. Shawn Chen gave a speech and presented a trophy and certificate to Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, to thank him for founding the AUAP, and for his outstanding contributions toward its development.


On the 27th, SUT hosted a seminar titled “AUAP after 20 years: The integration of ASEAN higher education and multilateral cooperation.” Dr. Shawn Chen spoke at, and opened this conference. Delegates spoke of the challenges of globalization and the multilingual environment during cultural exchanges, and other aspects of communication.






















The AUAP annual meeting at Suranaree Universit of Technology in Thailand


































Dr. Shawn Chen, President of the AUAP


































Prof. Dr. Ricardo Pama, the General Secretary of the AUAP


































Prof. Dr. Neal King, the President of the IAUP


































Abdul 'Dewale Mohammed, Founder & President of Africa Asia Scholars Global Network


































Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, founder President of the AUAP


































Professor Datuk Dr. Noor Azlan Ghazali, former President of AUAP


































Dr. Andy Pușcă, Rector of Danubius University


































Dr. Edward Hammond, former president of Fort Hays State University
























A delegate speaking
























Dr. Shawn Chen speaking with delegates
























Dr. Shawn Chen speaking with delegates
























Dr. Shawn Chen and Dr. Sunghee Nam, Vice President of the AUAP























Delegates interacting



















The AUAP leadership


























Dr. Shawn Chen presenting trophies and certificates


































Dr. Shawn Chen presenting Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an with a trophy and certificate


































Dr. Shawn Chen delivering the closing speech



















AUAP delegates

















































Dr. Shawn Chen planting a tree

















































Dr. Shawn Chen with Joshua Reitzel, Director of Development of AUAP

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