Groningen Research Centre for Southeast Asia and ASEAN (SEA ASEAN)
The aim of the SEA-ASEAN centre is to further inter-disciplinary research on contemporary Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 theGroningen 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 21, 2017, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
Prof. Ronald Holzhacker, Director of SEA ASEAN, delivering a lecture to De Le Salle University bachelor and master students of international relations and development studies, on the topic of the sustainable development goals and Southeast Asia.
November 21, 2017, De La Salle University, Manila
The SEA ASEAN director attending the 'NGO Summit for Dutch Strategic Partners' and meeting the Netherlands Ambassador to the Philippines, Ms. Marion Derckx with colleagues from De La Salle University.
November 17, 2017
Meeting of the SEA ASEAN director with the Netherlands Ambassador to Myanmar, Mr. Wouter Jurgens, to discuss Dutch-Myanmar relations, the upcoming Asia Europe ASEM meeting, and opportunities for Myanmar students to study for a master or PhD at the University of Groningen.
November 14, 2017, Mandalay, Myanmar
Visit of the SEA ASEAN director to the University of Mandalay, for conversations with the Pro-Rector and the Head of the Anthropology department, Prof. Thidar Htwe Win to discuss bachelor exchange under the EU - Share program, and potential new opportunities for master and PhD study at the University of Groningen.
November 10, 2017, Bangkok
Meeting of Prof. Ronald Holzhacker at the UN ESCAP - Economics and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific - with Naylin Oo, UN Regional Advisor on ASEAN, concerning the sustainable development goals in SE Asia. Mr. Oo, a citizen of Myanmar, has agreed to serve as a key note speaker for the launch of our upcoming book on national and regional approaches to the SDGs in Southeast Asia and ASEAN in Brussels.
November 9, 2017
Visit of Prof. Ronald Holzhacker and Tim Zwaagstra, Groningen international officer, to Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, with the international office. In addition, meeting with Prof. Saikaew Thipakorn, to discuss the sustainable development goals and agricultural cooperation between Japanese and Thai cooperatives.
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 4, 2017
Key-Note address by Dr. Ir. Subandi Sardjoko, Deputy Minister for Development of Human Resources, Societal and Cultural Affairs, at the UGM ASEAN Studies Center and RUG SEA ASEAN Centre 'International Working Conference on Regional and National Approaches toward the Sustainable Development Goals in Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
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. '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.'
For more information about the conference in Yogyakarta, please visit this page
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.
Fall conference: Challenges of Governance in Southeast Asia and ASEAN
12 & 13 September 2017, Groningen, the Netherlands
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.
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.’
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
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.
June 6, 2017
Lecture today in Groningen at the SEA ASEAN Centre, Academy Building, on 'The Protracted Peace Process in the Philippines.
May 18, 2017
Discussion on the synergies between the Sustainable Development Goals during the Open Science Meeting at UGM.
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.
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.
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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