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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

September 13, 2018

Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court spoke to SEA ASEAN and faculty and students of the Law faculty on September 13, 2018 in the Old Court Room. The Judge's important speach on 'The Rule of Law in Asia' was delivered as part of the SEA ASEAN Distinguised Speaker Series. This was followed by a meeting with the President of the University, Sibrand Poppema, Prof. Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, PhD candidate Stanati Netipatalachoochote, and SEA ASEAN director Prof. Ronald Holzhacker.

Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court
Judge Pangalangan of the International Criminal Court
Group picture
Group picture
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, Ronald Holzhacker, Judge Pangalangan, Sibrand Poppema, Stanati Netipatalachoochote
Aurelia Colombi Ciacchi, Ronald Holzhacker, Judge Pangalangan, Sibrand Poppema, Stanati Netipatalachoochote

SEA ASEAN Distinguished Lecture Series

Lecture Series: The Rule of Law in Asia
Lecture Series: The Rule of Law in Asia

Challenges of Governance for Innovation and Sustainability

Preliminary program for the conference on Challenges of Governance for Innovation and Sustainability, 29th - 31st October 2018: download program

"The conference showcases leading thinkers and policymakers around challenges of governance for innovation, resilience and sustainability. The scope will focus on ASEAN-EU relations and dialogues, exploring the longstanding political and cultural relationship between both regions in light of a sustainable common future. Building upon SEA ASEAN’s key mission is to bridge both regions through research, recruitment and social impact, this conference will serve as a platform to engage our partner institutions within the ASEAN and EU region in an open dialogue and serve as the launch platform for SEA ASEAN’s upcoming publications."


March 23, 2018

A friendly lunch and meeting with a delegation from Japan at the Osaka European Center in Groningen, to hear more about the new Osaka University ASEAN Campus Initiative with Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Brunei, and the prospective of synergies with our SEA ASEAN centre.

Delegation from Japan visiting the Osaka European Center in Groningen
Delegation from Japan visiting the Osaka European Center in Groningen

March 19, 2018
A very constructive and friendly exchange of ideas between the University of Groningen and a delegation from Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, including their Rector and the head of their ASEAN centre. This was followed by a signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding by Rector Prof. Elmer Sterken and Rector Prof. Mohammad Nasih. This was followed by a presentation about our SEA ASEAN centre and opportunities for collaboration.
March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 19, 2018
March 15, 2018
SEA ASEAN was pleased to participate in the launch event for the University of Groningen's new 'Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.' This new centre is a cooperation between many different faculties, including Spatial Sciences, especially the demography department, and the Medical Faculty. We are pleased that their offices will be located within the Spatial Science faculty. Public health is an important contributor to the sustainable development goals in Southeast Asia. We are hoping to have PhD candidates from SE Asia join our SEA ASEAN research team and be part of this new research school.
Aletta Jacobs
Aletta Jacobs
March 15, 2018
March 15, 2018
March 12, 2018
SEA ASEAN director Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and PhD candidate Stanati Netipatalachoochote visited the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague on Monday.  We had a very insightful conversation with Judge Pangalangen, a Philippine citizen and the the only ICC judge from Asia.  We discussed legal developments within the court and in Southeast Asia, and Stanati discussed his research related to human rights and ASEAN.  The judge has accepted our invitation to deliver a major address at the University of Groningen on September 13, titled 'The Rule of Law in Asia.'
March 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 12, 2018
March 12, 2018

Scholars from the University of Groningen, both from the Faculty of Spatial Sciences and the Faculty of Arts, International Relations department, will participate soon in the launch event for the EU BRECIL project. This Erasmus+ funded project focuses on sharing knowledge and strengthing the research governance capacity of universities in Laos and Malaysia. The director of the​Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN), Prof. Ronald Holzhacker will be meeting the partner universities from SE Asia and Europe in Vientiane, Laos for the kick off event in early April.

Recent news from the Asia-Europe meeting web-site about this network:
"The project BRECIL on "Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia" is a multi-country Erasmus+ KA2-CBHE joint project involving higher education institutions from both the EU (Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany) and ASEAN countries (Malaysia and Laos) that focuses on the development of research and innovative capacities for good research governance and management through capacity building in higher education systems."
Erasmus+ KA2 Project 'BRECIL'
Erasmus+ KA2 Project 'BRECIL'

February 27, 2018

Prof. Ronald Holzhacker attended an event February 27 in Brussels called 'EU - ASEAN Relations: the next forty years.' The event was organized by 'friends of europe' in conjunction with ASEAN and the EU External Action Service. Pictured here during the first session is Mr. Le Luong Minh (Secretary General of ASEAN, 2013-2017) delivering the opening key note address. Ron was able to speak to numerous Ambassadors and staff from Southeast Asian embassies, ASEAN academic centres, and EU officials about cooperation in higher education across the region. There was great interest in our ​EU ​BRECIL project​ on improving research governance at universities in Malaysia and Laos. Tomorrow Ron has additional meetings with the EU External Action Service to discuss cooperation in higher education between Europe and Southeast Asia.

EU - ASEAN Relations: the next forty years
EU - ASEAN Relations: the next forty years
February 27, 2018
February 27, 2018
February 27, 2018
February 27, 2018

February 27, 2018

Event in Brussels with the Myanmar Ambassador to the EU, Mr. U Paw Lwin Sein, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of independence. The director of SEA ASEAN, Ronald Holzhacker spoke to the Ambassador about the seven high achieving Myanmar bachelor students currently on exchange in Groningen as part of the EU - Share program. Previously, during a meeting with all ASEAN ambassadors in the Hague, the Myanmar Ambassador and Prof. Holzhacker discussed the situation of the Rohingya in Rakine State. A high level official of the Belgian Foreign Ministry also spoke at the podium of this event in Brussels about the humanitarian crisis currently continuing in Myanmar. The director of SEA ASEAN also had an important conversation with Ms. Swe Swe Aye, a medical doctor in Myanmar, where she spoke about research related to the health care of child laborers in northern Myanmar.

Februari 27, 2018
Februari 27, 2018

February 8, 2018

The SEA ASEAN research team was very proud to attend the PhD defense of Mala Sondang in the Aula of the University of Groningen. She defended her dissertation titled ‘Corruption in Indonesia: The Impact of institutional change, norms, and networks.’  She is in the department of sociology, supervised by Prof. Rafael Wittek.

February 8, 2018
February 8, 2018
February 1, 2018

Meeting of the SEA ASEAN research team in the Academy Building of the University of Groningen, to discuss the peer reviews of the book chapters for our upcoming book 'Challenges of Governance in Southeast Asia.' We also discussed our fall conference, study trip, and book launch to take place in Brussels from October 30-November 1. Afterwards, we gathered at the residence of the Director, Ronald Holzhacker, to celebrate the New Year and the book proposal acceptance from our publisher Springer in New York City.  We also welcomed special guests this evening, Young Ok from a South Korea ministry, conducting comparative research on family policies in the Netherlands and Korea, and Indri Apiliyanti, an Indonesian PhD candidate in Norway conducting research on corporate governance, visiting the University of Groningen faculty of economics and our SEA ASEAN centre.
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen
Februari 1, 2018 - Meeting of SEA ASEAN research team in Groningen

January 16, 2018

Ronald Holzhacker and SEA ASEAN Associate Director Wendy Tan were cordially invited by the Indonesian Ambassador to the Netherlands, H.E. Gusto Agung Wesake Puja, to an event at the embassy. This event included Ambassadors from each of the ASEAN member states and dialogue partners, on the evening before they would meet the King of the Netherlands for the opening of the diplomatic year. The speeches and presentations celebrated the hand off of the chairmanship of ASEAN from the Philippines to Singapore. Ron and Wendy were pleased to also speak to the Singaporean Ambassador to the Netherlands, and hear about the nation’s priority areas within ASEAN this year, urbanism and resiliency.

January 16, 2018
January 16, 2018

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Archive 2017
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