Launching of the First Asian Society for Engineering Education
After a full year’s preparation, the Asian Society for Engineering Education (AsiaSEE) was officially launched and a launching ceremony was held at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) on May 8, 2019.
By providing a networking platform for different parties to engage in dialogues and share resources, AsiaSEE encourages collaboration across Asia to improve engineering education. More than 40 guests and founding members of the Society, who hold important positions as Presidents, Deans, and Professors in Asian universities attended the Launching Ceremony.
Currently there are 28 founding members in AsiaSEE, coming from universities including Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Mainland China, Thailand, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Macau, Vietnam and UAE. At the Ceremony, founding members signed a declaration of commitment to join AsiaSEE and to work together for the advancement of engineering education. The Founding President of AsiaSEE, Associate Professor Cecilia Chan from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at HKU, delivered the officiating speech and said: “The launch of AsiaSEE would not have been possible without joint efforts from different parties. In this new era, collaboration is needed to provide better education for our next generation.”
Following the ceremony, panel discussions with AsiaSEE founding members were held to detail future agendas and to promote sustainable development of the Society. After several rounds of lively discussions, AsiaSEE founding members reached a consensus that AsiaSEE will endeavour to form partnership with a wider community including engineering educators, engineering industries, students, and government authorities, to reach a broader impact and to promote diversity.
The advancement of engineering empowers a region’s economy and improves people’s livelihood. As the rapid progress of technology entails a more uncertain future, engineering education should also keep abreast with the times to cultivate future engineers with high professionalism as well as a strong sense of morality and responsibility. Therefore, as the first Asian regional network to improve engineering education, the establishment of AsiaSEE is of profound significance to deepen collaboration and to promote the overall development of engineering in Asia.
Photos and videos of the launching ceremony can be downloaded at: https://www.asiasee.org/2019asiasee-launch