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Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN)

SEA ASEAN
SEA ASEAN

Interdisciplinary

The aim of the SEA-ASEAN centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

Highly Networked

We build on the successful framework of inter-faculty cooperation within Globalization Studies Groningen (GSG) and will serve side by side with our sister organization the Centre for East Asian Studies Groningen (CEASG) in the broad study of Asia.

Quality Research

We aim to bridge high quality scholarly research, with policy relevance and a concern for societal outcomes, in the study of the nations and societies of Southeast Asia and ASEAN as a regional actor.

Focus

Middle-Income and Transition. A special focus is placed on middle-income developing countries in the region with a democratic tradition - Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand - as well as countries in economic and political transition, especially Vietnam and Myanmar.


News

Visit to Gadjah Mada University
Visit to Gadjah Mada University
October 6, 2017
Visit of Dean Oscar Couwenberg (Spatial Sciences) and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker (Director, SEA ASEAN) to Dean Erwan Purwanto (FISOPOL) at Gadjah Mada University to discuss research cooperation, double degree master programs, and bachelor exchange.
October 3-5, 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
SEA ASEAN and its partners at Gadjah Mada University, FISOPOL and the Asean Centre, held an insightful conference with scholars from across the region on national and regional approaches to the sustainability development goals. Download the conference handbook.
Conference
Conference
Conference
Conference
Dr. Ir. Subandi Sardjoko, Deputy Minister for Development of Human Resources, Societal and Cultural Affairs (Bappenas).' Here pictured with Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and Dean Oscar Couwenberg.
Dr. Ir. Subandi Sardjoko, Deputy Minister for Development of Human Resources, Societal and Cultural Affairs (Bappenas).' Here pictured with Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and Dean Oscar Couwenberg.

October 3-5, 2017, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
'The conference had the pleasure to welcome key-note speaker Dr. Ir. Subandi Sardjoko,  Deputy Minister for Development of Human Resources, Societal and Cultural Affairs (Bappenas).'  Here pictured with Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and Dean Oscar Couwenberg.'

Visit of Dean Oscar Couwenberg (Spatial Sciences) and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker (Director, SEA ASEAN) to Gadjah Mada University
Visit of Dean Oscar Couwenberg (Spatial Sciences) and Prof. Ronald Holzhacker (Director, SEA ASEAN) to Gadjah Mada University
October 5, 2017
Visit to Gadjah Mada University, Faculty of Geography, by Dean Oscar Couwenberg, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, and Dr. Paul van Steen.  The group was warmly welcomed by a large delegation from the faculty, led by Dean Aris Marfai, and Vice Dean Dyah Rahmawati Hizbaron (RUG Spatial Science graduate).
ASEAN Bachelor Welcome
ASEAN Bachelor Welcome
September 28, 2017
Welcoming of the EU - Share bachelor students to the University of Groningen at the home of Prof. Ronald Holzhacker.  RUG and SEA ASEAN is pleased that we were selected to receive students from Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia as part of this higher education cooperation between the European Union and ASEAN, and universities across the two regions.  The students seem to be settling in well in their new university and the city of Groningen!

October conference
October conference

For more information about the conference in Yogyakarta, please visit this page


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September 19, 2017
Discussion today across the University of Groningen on the international classroom project. We addressed, How to make the university relevant and welcoming for our Dutch and international students.

ASEAN University Network in Brunei
ASEAN University Network in Brunei
September 18, 2017
President Sibrand Poppema addressing the ASEAN University Network in Brunei, reaching scholars from across Southeast Asia.
Tim Zwaagstra (middle) and Sibrand Poppema (right) speak to mr. Azman Muammar from LPDP, Indonesian Finance Ministry, discussing double degree programs and other opportunities for Indonesian students to study at the University of Groningen.
Tim Zwaagstra (middle) and Sibrand Poppema (right) speak to mr. Azman Muammar from LPDP, Indonesian Finance Ministry, discussing double degree programs and other opportunities for Indonesian students to study at the University of Groningen.
Groningen alumni in Jakarta
Groningen alumni in Jakarta
September 15, 2017
University of Groningen President welcomed Groningen alumni to the Erasmus Center at the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta on Friday.  Afterwards, the President and Tim Zwaagstra, international  recruitment officer for SEA ASEAN and the university, spoke to one of the recent graduates of the university.
September conference
September conference

Fall conference: Challenges of Governance in Southeast Asia and ASEAN
12 & 13 September 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands

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SEA ASEAN awarded Erasmus+ grant

The Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN) has been awarded an Eramus+ grant from the European Union as part of the BRECIL consortium to improve the capacity to conduct social science research in Southeast Asia. Specifically, BRECIL aims to develop human and social capital to facilitate individual learning and institutional mechanisms in social science research in higher education institutions in Malaysia and Laos. The grant will allow SEA ASEAN to play a key role in facilitating capacity building and research governance in the region.

Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and dr. Wendy Tan, with the SEA ASEAN team will lead Work Package 3 focusing on developing and enhancing research governance, mechanisms and institutions in the partner countries. Our partners reflect a mix of European and Asian institutions as represented by Gothenburg University, University of Applied Langues SDI Munich, University of Malaya, University Utara Malaysia, National University of Laos, and Souphanouvong University. BRECIL has been granted EUR 681.035 as one of the selected 149 applications out of a total of 756 submitted. We look forward to making a substantial impact with the universities and people across Southeast Asia.
Nureni
Nureni

SEA ASEAN Centre Update: Best Paper Nomination and Recent Publication in Asia-Pacific Journal

Two PhD candidates of the Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN) have recently achieved significant success on their way toward the completion of their dissertations at the University of Groningen.

Ms. Nureni Wijayati , a University of Groningen PhD candidate and lecturer at Universitas Indonesia, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Accounting, was recently nominated for ‘Best Paper ’at the 6th International Accounting Conference.Last night, on August 28 in Yogyakarta, her paper was selected second best of all entries at the three day conference by the accounting profession. The paper is titled ‘The Changing Political Landscape in Indonesia and the Value of Political Connections’ (Nureni Wijayati, Niels Hermes, Ronald L. Holzhacker).

The abstract notes that the paper investigates ‘the value of political connections during the democratic era in Indonesia. We consider that a substantial change in the political and economic framework matters in shedding light on the value of political connections. Employing a sample of 356 non-financial institution listed firms in Indonesia for the period 2000 – 2011, we find that the value of political connections shrinks in the democratic era (that is, after 2004) as the performance of firms with politically connected board members is lower than their performance during the pre-democratic era. This outcome suggests that having politically connected board members is less important during a democratic regime. Overall, our findings suggest that democracy is a moderating factor that drives businesses to be more transparent and fair in managing business transactions.’

Mr. Kuswanto , University of Groningen PhD candidate and civil servant with the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs, has recently published an article in the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, September 2017. The article is titled ‘Bargaining between local governments and multinational corporations in a decentralized system of governance: the cases of Ogan Komering Ilir and Banyuwangi districts in Indonesia’ (Kuswanto, Herman Hoen, and Ronald Holzhacker).The paper investigates the relationships between local governments and multi-national corporations regarding foreign direct investment.The authors stress the importance of the direct bargaining by local governments with MNCs to enhance local interests to ensure ‘sound social-economic development at the local level.’


Prof. Holzhacker (front right) at the alumni event in Hong Kong
Prof. Holzhacker (front right) at the alumni event in Hong Kong

June 15, 2017: Event held at the Residence of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong
The alumni in Hong Kong enjoyed an evening at the residence of the Consul General in Hong Kong. Annemieke Ruigrok, the Consul-General at Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Hong Kong was pleased to meet the alumni of the University of Groningen.

During the event, Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, Director of the Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN, first discussed his work and the team of 18 Ph.D. candidates researching various aspects of governance from Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Last year his research team organized in Groningen a Conference: Bridging East Asia & Southeast Asia. This September his research team is organizing a conference in Groningen on 'Challenges of Governance in Southeast Asia.' This will be followed by a major conference in October organized with partners at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia, with invited professors from Southeast Asia and ASEAN centers from leading universities in the region, focused on 'National and Regional Approaches to the Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN.' The aim of the conference is to analyze and help disseminate examples of learning across the region, to speed progress toward the economic, social, and environmental goals established by countries in Southeast Asia as part of the United Nations process.

The Inner circle of the Hong Kong Chapter: Charles Drapers (International Organisations, 1990), Hanco Halbertsma (Bedrijfskunde, 1988), Monique Bakker (Economics and Business, 2013), Wilko Wielinga (Business Administration, 2008) and Willem Jan Hoogland (Rechtsgeleerdheid, 1999)understand the need for networking and collaborating with the UG Alumni. In the coming months, they would like to organize more such events to know and meet you all. In addition to these events, the University of Groningen is also considering to organize a fundraising dinner, probably in collaboration with the Consulate-General of the Kingdon of the Netherlands in Hong Kong. More pictures of the event


Chun Ding and Ronald Holzhacker
Chun Ding and Ronald Holzhacker

June 8-13, 2017

Ronald Holzhacker visiting Prof. Chun DING, Jean Monnet Chair and Director of the Centre for European Studies Fudan University, Shanghai. Prof. Chun Ding also serves as the Director of the Dutch Studies Centre established between the University of Groningen and the University of Fudan (http://www.rug.nl/research/east-asian-studies/research/dutch-studies-centre.)  The two discussed Chinese - European relations, China-US relations, and relations between China and Southeast Asia. They intend to continue to work together to link research related to the Dutch Studies Centre and SEA ASEAN in Groningen and Yogyakarta, Indonesia.



June 6, 2017

Lecture today at the Center for Humanitarian Law, Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh.

Lecture in Phnom Penh
Lecture in Phnom Penh


June 6, 2017

Lecture today in Groningen at the SEA ASEAN Centre, Academy Building, on 'The Protracted Peace Process in the Philippines.

Poster
Poster


May 18, 2017

Discussion on the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals during the Open Science Meeting at UGM.

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May 18, 2017

Opening of the 14th Asian Law Conference in Manila 'A uniting force?  'Asian values' and the Law' by Judge Raul Pangalangan.  Tomorrow presentation by Sea ASEAN Phd candidate Stanati Netipatalachoochote and director, Ronald Holzhacker.

Opening
Opening


May 15, 2017

Relaxed SEA ASEAN dinner outside in Yogyakarta during the Open Science Meeting, here focused on Prof. Erik Heeres, Environmental Technology, and his recent and soon to be PhD graduates from our partners in Bandung.

Dinner in Yogyakarta
Dinner in Yogyakarta

May 15, 2017

Open Science Meeting, UGM, organized by the Netherlands and Indonesian Academy of Sciences. Here Dyah Rahmawati Hizburon, Vice Dean, dept of geography, UGM, former master student, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, RUG.

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March 14, 2017

In the afternoon of March 22 from 1.30-3.30 in the Old Court Room, we have invited Rafendi Djamin (former) AICHR Representative from Indonesia to​ speak. His biography outlining his many years of work on behalf of human rights in Indonesian and ASEAN is attached below. He is an engaged and inspiring speaker, and understands well the interaction between civil society and institutions in advancing human rights in Southeast Asia.

Click here for the full invitation.

poster
poster
3 generations of transport planning researchers
3 generations of transport planning researchers


February 10, 2017

A festive SEA ASEAN dinner featuring Indonesian and Thai cuisine was held at Ron's home this weekend. We welcomed our newest PhD candidate, Isti, from Gadjah Mada University, School of Architecture and Planning. She will be researching sustainable transport issues over the next 4 years in Groningen. The dinner also featured special guest, Yuyun, visiting from the Hague, to discuss  innovative ideas of bringing together PhD candidates from across the Netherlands who are studying issues related to ASEAN governance and integration, and comparative Southeast Asian studies. As the dinner guests began to bike home, the full moon began to appear in the night sky over Groningen.

SEA ASEAN dinner
SEA ASEAN dinner
Ron and Yuyun
Ron and Yuyun
SEA ASEAN dinner
SEA ASEAN dinner


Januari 27, 2017

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mira Woldberg, the head of the South and Southeast Asia Desk, invited some of the SEA ASEAN PhD candidates to attend a special Asia Carousel event on 'Islam in Indonesia'  to the Hague on Friday.  Later, the Director of SEA ASEAN, Ronald Holzhacker, met with Ms. Woldberg to also discuss developments in Myanmar.The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Mira Woldberg, the head of the South and Southeast Asia Desk, invited some of the SEA ASEAN PhD candidates to attend a special Asia Carousel event on 'Islam in Indonesia'  to the Hague on Friday.  Later, the Director of SEA ASEAN, Ronald Holzhacker, met with Ms. Woldberg to also discuss developments in Myanmar.

Asia Carousel
Asia Carousel
Yuyun and Ron
Yuyun and Ron
Islam in Indonesia
Islam in Indonesia

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