SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2013

Announcement of Winner

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat
expresses thanks to all educators who participated in the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2013 and announces the winning entry as follows:

Research Proposal on Learning Styles and Perceptions of Thai and Australian Students (Collaboration between the College of Management of Mahidol University, Thailand and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Proponent:
College
of Management, Mahidol University
THAILAND 

Contact Person:
Mr Randall Shannon
Full time Faculty and Programme Chair
College of Management, Mahidol University
Thailand 

The following are the top 10 entries listed down in no particular order.

 

Proponent & Country

Contact Person

Nature of Project

Brief Project Description and
Nature of Support Needed

1.

Plan International
INDONESIA

Mr Niap Samuel Apsalon

Coordinator, Early Childhood and Care Development,

Plan International
Indonesia

Ongoing project

With funding from AusAID through Plan Australia since 2010

Developing a model of community-managed Early Childhood and Care Development in East Nusa Tengara, Indonesia

Grant is needed to document successes of the project through film for local and international advocacy

2.

Center for Public Mental Health, Gadjah Mada University INDONESIA

Ms Edilburga Wulan Saptandari

General Secretary

Center for Public Mental Health, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia

Proposal

Mainstreaming a child-led disaster risk reduction strategy in building children’s resilience through Early Childhood Education: Building networking and transfer of knowledge between Australia and Indonesia

Grant is needed to conduct joint research and knowledge transfer (through discussions and workshops) between the Gadjah Mada University (plus other universities in Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Monash University, Australia

3.

Dr Chin Phoi Ching
MALAYSIA

Dr Chin Phoi Ching

Senior Lecturer,
Institute of Teacher Education, Tuanku Bainun Campus

Malaysia

Proposal

Production of teaching and learning materials on traditional knowledge of Malaysia and Australia particularly those of minority communities

Grant is needed for workshops, site visits and interviews, materials production, and exhibits

4.

Ms Jovelyn Delosa
PHILIPPINES

Ms Jovelyn Delosa Instructor,

Xavier University,
Philippines

Proposal

Building the capacity of teacher educators in a university in the Philippines on assessment using the item response theory (Rasch model which is claimed to be widely utilized in Australia) by Australia-based trainers and Filipino scholars who graduated from Australia

Grant is needed to conduct the training in the Philippines

5.

Ms Tran Thi Tuyet
VIETNAM

Ms Tran Thi Tuyet

Lecturer, Vietnam National University,
Hanoi, Vietnam

Proposal

Enhancing capacity of Vietnamese primary school teachers in teaching writing using a model introduced in Australian primary schools

Collaboration between Preston North East Primary School in Victoria, Australia and Le Quy Don Primary School in Hanoi, Vietnam

Grant is needed for the delivery of a training course for teachers, materials development and other related expenses

6.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University
THAILAND

Ms Apinporn Satitpakeekul

Assistant Professor Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University,
Thailand

Ongoing project

The initiative is a result of a 2010 project funded through the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship and the University of Sydney involving 16 educators from universities and affiliated schools in Indonesia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam

Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA) through sharing and other professional development activities

Grant is needed for production of a monograph on DEPISA to be disseminated to ASEAN countries, development of DEPISA website and other activities to sustain the initiative

7.

Mahidol University International College
THAILAND

Dr Charles Windish

Associate Dean for International Affairs
Mahidol University International College, Thailand

Proposal

Promoting ASEAN awareness to Australian students and Australian students mobility (to be integrated in existing ASEAN International Mobility for Students (AIMS) of SEAMEO RIHED and mobility programme of ASEAN University Network

Grant is needed to support Australian students to be involved in the project as well as cost of seminar of ASEAN and Australia and social activities for Australian and ASEAN students

8.

Mahidol University College of Management
THAILAND

Mr Randall Shannon

Full time Faculty and Programme Chair,
Mahidol University College of Management, Thailand

Proposal

Research on learning styles and perceptions of Thai and Australian students

Collaboration between the College of Management of Mahidol University, Thailand and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Grant is needed to support travel expenses of faculty members who will be involved in the research

9.

Mr Nattavud Pimpa
THAILAND

Mr Nattavud Pimpa Senior Lecturer

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University, Australia

Ongoing project

Developing and providing professional development programme on contemporary Australian culture, politics and education (Getting to Know Australia) to Thai teachers in public schools

Collaboration between the Australian Studies Centre of Thammasat University, Thailand and the School of Management, RMIT University, Australia

Grant is needed for transportation costs of representatives from collaborating institutions, production of print and non-print materials and other related expenses

10.

Srinakharinwirot University
THAILAND

Ms Kanokporn Vibulpatanavong,

Lecturer in Special Education 
Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

Ongoing project

Funded by the Australia-Thailand Institute until September 2012

Capacity building for teachers in enhancing early reading skills of Thai children

Grant is needed for activities that will sustain gains from the project such as publication of the learning package for teachers, a seminar for teachers to be led by Australian experts, and development of website for uploading of other resources and continuous networking


SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2013 Evaluation Committee

  1. Professor Kanchana Kanchanasut
    Vice President for Research, Asian Institute of Technology
    Pathumthani, Thailand
     
  2. Ms Jen Tyrell
    Counsellor (Education and Science)
    Australian Education International
    The Australian Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand
     
  3. Dr Supattra Pativisan
    Deputy Director, The Institute for the Promotion of Teaching of Science and Technology (IPST) Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand
     
  4. Dr Libing Wang
    Coordinator, Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development
    UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok, Thailand
    represented by Ms Lay Cheng Tan, Programme Officer
     
  5. Assoc Prof Dr Sauwakon Ratanawijitrasin
    Centre Director, SEAMEO RIHED, Bangkok, Thailand
     
  6. Dr Ma Sandra B Tempongko
    Deputy Coordinator, SEAMEO TROPMED Network, Bangkok, Thailand
     
  7. Mr Benito E Benoza
    Head, Knowledge Management and Networking Office
    SEAMEO INNOTECH, Quezon City, Philippines
     
  8. Dr I Handoko
    Deputy Director for Programme and Development
    SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand

Secretariat:

  • Ms Abigail Cuales Lanceta
    Programme Officer III, SEAMEO Secretariat, Bangkok, Thailand

A joint initiative of the
Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)
and the Government of Australia
to promote education links between
SEAMEO and Australia
in Southeast Asia
and beyond

For eleven years, SEAMEO and the Government of Australia jointly organized the SEAMEO-Australia Press Award which gave recognition to excellent coverage of education issues by journalists and educators in Southeast Asia. The project has paved the way for greater discussion on many facets of education including challenges in providing quality education for all; as well as the promotion of cooperation in education between Southeast Asia and Australia.

In keeping with the aim of promoting beneficial education cooperation between the peoples of Southeast Asia and Australia, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the Government of Australia launch the First SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award (2013).

The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award gives recognition and financial assistance to projects or proposals that demonstrate education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia to bring about a better quality of life through positive relations, education advancement, cultural harmony, innovation, and research.

The objectives of the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award are:

  1. Showcase education, training and research cooperation activities and the value these have in fostering stronger people-to-people and institutional links;
  2. Provide the opportunity for sharing and learning of new ideas on education cooperation; and
  3. Promote the development of effective education partnerships between countries, organizations, and communities.

The Award

The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award seeks to acknowledge and reward innovative projects or proposals that demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • effective and inspiring efforts of individuals, groups of people, education institutions or organisations to improve education cooperation and linkages across the SEAMEO region and between SEAMEO member countries and Australia;
  • recognition of diversity of individuals and sectors in promoting cross-border partnerships on education and thereby inter-cultural understanding;
  • support to integration/regionalization of education while promoting the importance of and respect for local wisdom;

The innovation will be in the field of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia.

An entry for the contest must be either:

  1. An existing project on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or a country in Southeast Asia; or
  2. A proposal on education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or a country in Southeast Asia, or within Southeast Asia, that could later be implemented in the Southeast Asian context, possibly in cooperation with SEAMEO

A winning project or proposal is:

  1. Innovative and demonstrates development and/or implementation of an idea, a tool, a model or initiative that helps improve education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia or within Southeast Asia.
  2. Effective and highlights the positive results of education cooperation between Australia and Southeast Asia such as:
    1. transfer of new ideas between countries;
    2. expansion of educational opportunities;
    3. improvement of education quality;
    4. formation of long-term people-to-people links;
    5. promotion of mutual understanding;
  3. Dynamic and involves various individuals and sectors in the promotion of cooperation in education between Australia and Southeast Asia

Examples of eligible entries

Entries could present examples of education-related initiatives (either ongoing or proposed) which are implemented or to be implemented in Southeast Asia and with participation of a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Entries could be (but not limited to) the following:
  1. capacity development for teachers
  2. support for development of curriculum and educational materials
  3. research consortium
  4. advocacy and networking
  5. media collaboration
  6. community-based development work

Initiatives and proposals should demonstrate the links created or to be created between a country or countries in Southeast Asia and Australia. Examples of these are cooperation in providing technical expertise, adopting/adapting noteworthy practices, technology transfer, and others.

Proposals however should not be activities that might be more effectively supported through the Australian Government’s Australia Awards scholarships program such as scholarships and research in Australia. For proposals of this nature, please see http://www.australiaawards.gov.au/.

Who Can Apply?

  1. The Award is open to any national (natural person or body corporate) of a SEAMEO Member Country. The SEAMEO Member Countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
  2. The applicant, where a natural person, must be at least 18 years old.
  3. Members of the SEAMEO Secretariat, the SEAMEO Regional Centres and their employees and families are not qualified to apply for this Award.
  4. By submitting an entry, the applicant gives SEAMEO and the Australian Government permission to use the information submitted including photos for publication purposes.

How Should I Apply?

  1. Applicants must complete the application form. The form can be downloaded here.
  2. Applications can be made in hard copy or email.
    1. Hard copy applications: Download and complete the Application Form and send by post with the required supporting documents to:
      The SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2013
      SEAMEO Secretariat
      Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
      920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
    2. Email applications: Download and complete the Application Form and email to
      seameo-australia-award@seameo.org. Attach in the email all required supporting documents.
  3. Last day for submission of entries is extended until 30 September 2013.

Assessment Criteria and Selection Process

  1. The Evaluation Committee consists of experts from Southeast Asia and representatives from UNESCO, the SEAMEO Secretariat, SEAMEO Centres, and the Australian Embassy in Bangkok.
  2. The evaluation will be based on the merit of the proposal as indicated by:
    1. Innovation, practicability and originality of the proposal
    2. Scope for replication, expansion or duplication of the proposal
    3. Value for money and sustainability
    4. Benefit and relevance to the Southeast Asia region through the transfer of new ideas, broadened educational opportunities, improvements to education quality, formation of long-term people-to-people links and improvements to mutual understanding to the benefit of all parties.

Details of the Award

  1. The winner will receive a grant worth AUD$10,000, which is expected to support activities in relation to the winning innovative idea or project.
  2. The proposed use of the grant must be set out by the applicant in the application. Activities may include participation in conferences; delivery of training courses; academic exchange programs; cooperation between education institutions; internship program; expansion of an existing project; purchase of project-related materials and equipment; and other related activities. The winner will be expected to provide a report to SEAMEO, including information on how the grant money was used.
  3. The winner will be awarded a Plaque of Recognition at the 36th SEAMEO High Officials’ Meeting in November 2013 in Thailand.
  1. The winner will receive a round-trip economy air ticket from his/her home country to Thailand, including pre-determined accommodation and stipend to receive a plaque of recognition.
  2. For a winning entry developed by a group or organization, only one representative will be invited to the Awarding Ceremony to receive a plaque of recognition.
  3. The winner will be notified by the SEAMEO Secretariat and such notification will include information for the winner on the award ceremony and his/her attendance at the ceremony.
  4. Each Contestant agrees that the Contest Rules and Regulations that govern this contest can be modified or amended without prior notice, by the Contest Organizers.

Timeline

  1. Submission of entries: 15 December 2012 - 30 September 2013
  2. Evaluation of entries: 16 - 30 September 2013
  3. Announcement of results: 1 October 2013
  4. Awarding: Last week of November 2013

Download: the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award 2013 Call for Entries
Download: the SEAMEO-Australia Education Links Award TOR

For more information, please contact the SEAMEO Secretariat
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building
920 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel +66(0) 2391-0144, Fax +66(0) 2381-2587
Email: abigail@seameo.org or secretariat@seameo.org
http://www.seameo.org

or the Ministry of Education
and SEAMEO Regional Centre in your country.

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