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2010 SATU Steering Committee Meeting

 National Cheng Kung University organized the 2010 “Presidents’ Forum of Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan Universities” (SATU Presidents’ Forum) on October 2-3, 2010 on its campus in Tainan, Taiwan. The theme this year was “The Next Ten Years: A Decade of Innovation, Advancement and Sustainability”. Our participants hailed from 77 universities (42 Taiwan Universities and 35 universities from seven Southeast and South Asian countries). Together the participants signed the 2010 SATU Manifesto, vowing to improve comaraderie and enhance sustainable collaborations amongst Asian universities; also affirmed that in the 21st century, Asian universities will be bold and visionary in assuming the responsibilities of being the engine for solving some of the grand challenges facing humanity such as global sustainability, advancement of human understanding of one another and innovation for human enlightenment and economic development.

Since 2003, SATU has held biennial meetings in order to provide a venue for leaders of prominent universities of Southeast and South Asia and Taiwan to share their opinions and experiences in topics ranging from improvement of higher education and academic cooperation in the region to industry academia collaboration to preparing students for professional practice.

During the Steering Committee’s annual meeting, it was unanimously approved for SATU to initiate membership dues from universities. The amount would be nominal and would be more of an indication of support and commitment to the organization rather than an imposing burden. The fees would also assist the Secretariat with it’s related works.

Additionally, SATU hopes to be the platform for which member universities may freely exchange both staff and students. Events for member university students will continue to be designed, as the programs from the former years as well as the 2010 SATU Student Business Plan Competition were all met with great success and feedback. The Steering Committee also agreed that further efforts to invite comprehensive universities in India to join SATU should be made.

Furthermore, the keynote speech as well sessions on the subject of “Natural Disasters and University Adaptive Measures” and “Higher Education: Global Collaboration or Competition” allowed for much discussion and idea exchange between the participants. A special session on the Bologna Process helped participants gain a better understanding of the European System, it’s relevance and possible application to Asian Universities was also explored. The details of the two-day event are listed below.

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