ACP

1. ACP - Consortium of 14 Asian Universities

ACP – Asian Cooperative Program – is a Consortium founded in 2014 and organized by 14 Universities (see below) in South East Asia and Japan. It aims to collaborate with each other on developing various kinds of educational cooperation, short, middle and long term, and sharing the benefits of these efforts with each other.


(*) Member of Consortium

Indonesia

•Gadjah Mada University •University of Lampung
•Bandung Institute of Technology •University of Brawijaya

Malaysia

•Universiti Utara Malaysia  •University Tunku Abdul Rahman
•International Islamic University Malaysia •Management and Science University

Myammar

University of Yangon

Philippines

•University of Philippines Diliman
•University of Philippines Cebu

Thailand

•Thammasat University

Vietnam

•Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities
•The University of Da Nang

2. The Purpose of ACP – Promotion of Safety Management

The first motif force for organizing ACP came from our severe experience in disasters – volcanic eruptions, typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunami, etc. – which are common in South-East Asia and Japan. Reviewing these experiences Dr. Atsushi Hamana, the chairperson of ACP, believed firmly of the necessity for Asian Universities to cooperate each other in developing knowledge and know-how for “Safety Management”. “Safety Management” refers to the ways of managing people appropriately and effectively in a society to provide “Safety and Comfort” in handling various types of disasters.

3. Collaboration for “Global” Education System

ACP universities are ready to share their own academic materials – classes, methods, systems, local facilities and so on – so that the students of member universities can make use of these materials and grow into Asia’s future leaders of Safety Management.
To realize this it is indispensable for ACP universities to prepare systems which enable students to study abroad actively among Asian countries.

The Strategy of ACP - Four Project Committees

ACP Consortium has four project committees as below and each member university belongs to one or some of them. These committees work for their own goal independently, and are strongly connected to complement each other.

①Overseas Off-campus Programs

This Committee creates cooperative off-campus programs among ACP universities. Making full use of academic resources and facilities, ACP will offer opportunities that students from different countries discuss and cooperate on a common theme to grow up as the specialist of Safety Management in various countries, periods and themes.

②Collaborative Global Joint Research

Not only students but also faculty members will work together in ACP. This committee plans to carry out a joint research on various field of Safety Management such as countermeasures and governmental policies against disaster. At the same time, each ACP member shall make efforts to obtain subsidies granted by the Ministries, other governmental organizations and enterprises in order to reimburse the expenses for research and educational activities in ACP.

③Core Curriculum of General Education

ACP will have common classes regarding Safety Management in each institution, and grant credits to their students. This committee will make Core Curriculum for these classes.
Developing this common class system, ACP aims to implement Double/Joint Degree Programs among member universities in the future.

④Assessment for Program and Learning Outcomes

For common classes, it is also necessary to have a common assessment. ACP universities will use Rubrics which state the standard for evaluating students’ achievement on each common class. Rubrics also give students clear targets of performance to aim for.

The Current Activity

The 6th ACP Conference held on February 12 at the University of Lampung (UNILA), Indonesia.


  1. 1. Time and date

    9:30am - 3:30pm February 12, 2018

 

  1. 2. Venue

    University of Lampung, Main Meeting Room, 2nd Floor Rectorate Building

 

  1. 3. Meeting contents
  • Dr. Raditya Jati, from the National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB), was invited as a special guest to give a keynote lecture. Dr. Jati described the current situation regarding natural disasters in Indonesia, the development of the country’s disaster prevention organization, and BNPB initiatives.
  •   Following the Keynote speech, ACP chairperson Dr. Atsushi Hamana, the President of Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS), gave a presentation and reviewed the history to date of the ACP activities and achievements, which focuses on safety management. Dr. Hamana’s presentation also covered the Japanese school education reforms and the institutional reform of KUIS.In the overall discussion which followed, the future progression of the points listed below was discussed.
  • 1) In elementary and junior high schools in each country, disaster and evacuation drills are held. However, they are not implemented as “education”. Therefore, the necessity of including disaster prevention in education was strongly recognized.
  • 2) It was decided that time would be set aside at the next ACP conference to present the research results regarding teacher training to promote school disaster prevention education.
  • 3) It was decided to begin to consider sending teachers from Indonesia to Japan with a view to implementing a course certificate program.
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  • Following the discussion, a signing ceremony of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for joint course program promotion was held. Dr. Hamana, President of KUIS, and Dr. Mahatma Kufepaksi, Vice President of UNILA, signed the MOA. Unfortunately, the representatives of UUM and Management and Science University (MSU, Malaysia) were absent, so only two universities were signatories. However, agreement has already been reached among four institutions, KUIS, MSU, UUM, and UNILA, so it is expected that the MOA will come into effect soon.

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