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The ASEAN University Network (AUN)

The IHRP has been chosen as the focal point for human rights for the new ASEAN University Network (AUN).


At the Fourth ASEAN Summit, the ASEAN leaders directed that ASEAN should help hasten the solidarity and the development of a regional identity by considering ways to further strengthen the existing network of the leading universities and institutions of higer learning in the region. The idea was later developed into the  ASEAN University Network (AUN) which was established in November 1995. The Charter was signed by the Ministers responsible for Higher Education from ASEAN countries and the the presidents/rectors/vice-chancellors of participating universities. Together they formed the AUN Board of Trustees.


The main objective of the AUN is to strengthen the existing network of co-operation among leading universities in ASEAN, by promoting co-operation and solidarity among ASEAN scholars and academics, developing academic and professional human resources, and promoting information dissemination among ASEAN academic community.


The AUN currently undertakes more than 20 collaborative projects within ASEAN and with its dialogue partners.

1st ASEAN University Network- Human Rights Education Network (AUN-HREN), Bangkok,Thailand

The First Meeting of AUN-Human Rights Network Education (AUN-HREN) was held during 18-19 February 2010. The Meeting was hosted by the Center of Human Rights Studies and Social Development, Mahidol University in collaboration with the AUN Secretariat. The Meeting was chaired by Dr. Sriprapha Petchmeesree, Thailand representative in ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR). Lecturers, experts in human rights and related fields from AUN Member Universities participated in the Meeting to discuss the future collaboration in the area of human rights education for ASEAN people. Proposed activities as agreed by the Meeting are as followings;

  • Stock taking: compiling different types of data to be put in website
  • Web-based resources: pooling of experts data, course outlines, suggested reading books, teaching materials
  • Faculty and Student Exchange Programme: research exchange programme, teacher training, human rights youth camp

For the AUN Member Universities who did not join the First Meeting, you are cordially invited to attend the 2nd AUN-HREN Meeting tentatively  to be held in August 2010.
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Dr. Sriprapha Petchmeesree served as the Thailand representative in the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).