Seminars (2017)

1st International Conference of Research and Education for Educators
27-28 September 2017
The Everly Putrajaya Hotel
Organised by the Malaysia Association of Research and Education for Educators, CRICE and UPM Sports Academy. For more information about the conference, please visit





Education in the New ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Era: Three Pillars for Promoting AEC Literacy
Gerald W. Fry, University of Minnesota & Rosarin Apahung, Pathumthani University
25 April 2017, 10.30 - 12.00 
Cemerlang Room, Faculty of Education, University of Malaya
The focus of this lecture is higher education and beyond.  First, the new ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) context is briefly described and the many new challenges and opportunities this new era presents. Then, three key pillars are identified for enhancing AEC literacy. The first is to suggest a new basic liberal arts course/curriculum for undergraduates in the AEC era. This would be a year-long interdisciplinary course that would be probably best team-taught. The second pillar is to propose the development of a new AEC Cooperative Corps which would enable recent graduates to work for two years in a neighboring AEC country as a way to enhance mutual cultural understanding, intercultural competence, and learn AEC languages. The third pillar discussed in the paper is the creation of a new ASEAN University which would have 75% students from the AEC area and 25% students from the rest of the world.


About the Speakers

Gerald W.Fry is a Distinguished International Professor in the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. He received his BA from Stanford University, a MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Previously, Gerry was a Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Oregon where he also directed the International Studies Program and the Centre for Asian and Pacific Studies. He was the Team Leader for major Asian Development Bank projects in Laos and Thailand related to education reform and was a Pew Fellow in International Affairs at the Kennedy School at Harvard. His newest book, an edited one, is forthcoming in 2017 and is titled ‘Education in Thailand: An Old Elephant in Search of a New Mahout’.



Rosarin Apahung teaches Mathematics and is Head of Academic Administration at the Chumchon Bansang School in the remote Northeast of Thailand. Rosarin is an affiliate faculty member of the Pathumthani University and also serves as the Academic Head of the Sang Nongthum School Cluster. She is a recipient of the outstanding research-teacher award from the National Research Council of Thailand. Her current research focus on strategies for using mathematics to promote ASEAN literacy, the cultural correlates of happiness education, and comparative cultural democracy. Rosarin holds a doctorate from the Rajabhat Udon University, Thailand. 



Contact Details

Centre for Research in International and Comparative Education (CRICE)
Faculty of Education
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur 50603, Malaysia,

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