The 5th International Conference
“Toward Knowledge Networks for the Economy, Society, Culture, Environment and Health for the GMS and Asia-Pacific”,
6 -10 September, 2009.
This International Conference resulting from the accumulated and strengthened the relationship of the knowledge network experience as derived from the previous circumstances as well as the fruitful outcomes of the development implications from the research findings contributed by the researchers and academic scholars of the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Asia Pacific. With this outcome, the proposed terminology of “Inter-University Cooperation Program” has created which is defined to promote the international understanding and to develop academic and cultural ties among universities in Asia Pacific and the GMS countries. The names of those academic involvement as host institutions are as followed.
· SNDT. Women’s University,
· SEAMEO Regional Centre for Higher Education and Development (RIHED)
The essential elements from the conclusion, resolution and agenda for the future action session were pointed out in various aspects; (1) Restoring local knowledge to appreciate the cultural values of each respective country for instance the small enterprise of the poor that utilize the local know how to maintain the mean of livelihood, that the community’s wealth of accumulated knowledge is integrated into capacity building of the mass consciousness, (2) Initiating the learning process starting from the teaching – learning of the classroom research along with the applied and advanced research through the involvement in economic and social change, the protection of natural resource, human development, labor rights and human rights of the migrant workers, that will be later implemented by the government and agencies involved, (3) In keeping pace with the on going sub-themes of the International Conference, since the overwhelming majority agreed that it is the current trends of the research policy that the governments of the participants’ respective countries adopted.
The Sub-themes of the International Conference:
(1) Education and Distance Learning in the Information Age
(2) Cultural Heritage, Ethnic Diversity: A Challenge for Peace in the Greater Mekong and
(3) Migrant Workers and the Economies of Developing and Developed Countries: Labor Rights and Human Rights
(4) Tourism Development in the Greater Mekong Sub region and Asia- Pacific
(5) Environment, Bio-Diversity and Shared Natural Resource Management
(6) Institutional Strengthening and Community Empowerment
(7) Social – Economics and Politics Challenges within the Greater Mekong Sub region and
(8) Human Development and Health Policy
Key Note Speakers:
Key Note Speakers:
1. Dr. Chandra Krishnamurthy, Vice-chancellor, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India Distance Education for Women’s Empowerment
2. Professor Dr. Kevin McCormick, President of
3. Dr. Manohar Pawar,
“Knowledge Networks in Community Development in Asia and the Pacific”.
There were 162 participants from 21 universities in