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Pioneering a regional collaborative graduate program on human rights and peace in ASEAN

By the AUN-HRE SecretariatJanuary
2021Endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials of Education (SOM-ED) since
October 2018, the initiative of the AUN-HRE to establish an ASEAN regional
collaborative graduate program in human rights and/or peace was further approved
by the SOM-ED and concretised by the AUN-HRE in 2020. The initiative is being
supported by the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of
Oslo.To implement the program, AUN-HRE, through its participatory and
consultative process, held the first consultative meeting among all its
members in August.  Eleven partner universities from Indonesia,
Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam expressed their interest to
pioneering this joint initiative in developing such a collaborative program.
The first series of consultations among 11 partner institutions began in
November 2020, and concluded with a setting up of a task force, mandated to
propose concrete recommendations regarding plan, goals and objectives as well
as potential model(s) for consideration and deliberation of all partner
institutions.AUN-HRE Task Force comprise eight members from five universities
including the Secretariat.  The first meeting of the task force was held
on 21st December 2020 to discuss, deliberate, and identify the objectives of
such collaboration as well as a possible model to be formulated. The Task
forced agreed on a list of objectives of the collaboration between
universities to establish a graduate program on human rights and peace ,
that  the focus of the graduate program would be human rights and peace,
and the model of the graduate program would be a joint degree where a new
master degree program on human rights and peace would be developed. The Task
Force emphasizes on interdisciplinary and futuristic nature of such a
program.The next step would be to develop the curriculum for a master degree
program on human rights and peace. In doing so, a survey regarding potential
topics that should be included in the curriculum will be developed and
circulated to the partner universities before the curriculum on human rights
and peace would be drafted. The draft curriculum would be presented to the
plenary meeting of all participating universities for deliberation.

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