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MOU: Memoranda of Understanding

CSEAS actively promotes Southeast Asian studies by establishing institutional linkages with leading universities and research institutes in the region as well as the world. The Center has signed memoranda of understanding (MOUs) aimed at fostering academic exchange and cooperation through programs of exchange of faculty members and researchers; exchange of academic information, including library materials and research publications; and joint research activities including seminar, conference and symposium. Among the institutions with which CSEAS has recently signed MOUs are the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University (Singapore); Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Vietnam National University; Hanoi Agricultural University (Vietnam); Gorontalo State University (Indonesia); University of the Philippines; Cebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos (Philippines); the Royal University of Fine Arts and the Royal University of Agriculture (Cambodia); Ministry of Health (Bhutan); Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica (Taiwan); Graduate Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, National Chi Nan University (Taiwan); Research School for Southeast Asian Studies, Xiamen University (China); Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Jinan University (China); Center for Asia-Pacific Studies and the School of Government, Sun Yat-sen University (China); Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, Yunnan University (China); College of Food Science and Technology, Shanghai Ocean University (China); Institute for East Asian Studies, Sogang University (South Korea); Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University (USA); Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of California-Berkeley (USA); the International Institute for Asian Studies,The Netherlands,; and the Southeast Asian Studies Program, University of Freiburg (Germany).

Last Updated: 12 October, 2021

2021/9/17United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland The Centre for Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Oxford University
2021/8/11Republic of IndonesiaInternational Centre for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies
2021/6/21Canada The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
2020/10/22United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandThe Centre for Environment Fisheries and Aquaculture Science
2020/7/22MalaysiaThe Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University
2019/11/28Kingdom of ThailandAsia Centre
2019/10/25People’s Republic of ChinaThe School of International Studies/ Academy of Overseas Chinese Studies, Jinan University
2019/8/29Kingdom of ThailandThe Faculty of Architecture, King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
2019/9/4Republic of KoreaInstitute for Southeast Asian Studies, Jeonbuk National University
2019/8/15Socialist Republic of Viet NamThe College of Natural Sciences, Can Tho University
2019/7/19Kingdom of ThailandThe School of Social Innovation, Mae Fah Luang University
2019/7/8Republic of IndonesiaMataram University / Udayana University
2019/5/31Republic of IndonesiaInstitute of Tropical Disease, Universitas Airlangga / Graduate School of Regional Innovation Studies, Mie University
2019/5/29Republic of IndonesiaThe Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Syiah Kuala University
2019/3/10Kingdom of CambodiaThe Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center
2019/2/25Republic of IndonesiaThe School of Environmental Science, Universitas Indonesia
2019/1/30Republic of IndonesiaThe Faculty of Cultural Studies, Universitas Brawijaya
2018/11/13Socialist Republic of Viet NamThe Institute of Social Sciences Information, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
2018/10/16Republic of the PhilippinesVisayas State University
2018/8/3Republic of the Union of MyanmarThe Univrsity of Mandalay
2018/2/22Republic of IndonesiaThe Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland, University of Palangka Raya
2017/10/30Kingdom of CambodiaThe Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace
2017/10/4Republic of IndonesiaThe Faculty of Dakwah and Communication, State Islamic University Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta
2017/8/8Republic of the PhilippinesThe College of Liberal Arts, De la Salle University
2017/6/19TaiwanCollege of Agriculture and Natural Resources
College of Liberal Arts
College of Management
Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences
Center for Environmental Restoration and Disaster Reduction
International Agriculture Center,
National Chung Hsing University
2017/5/11Kingdom of CambodiaThe Authority for the Protection and Management of Angkor and the Region of Siem Reap
2017/3/20Republic of KoreaThe Research Institute of Asian Women, Sookmyung Women’s University
2017/3/14Republic of the Union of MyanmarThe University of Forestry 
2017/2/27Republic of IndonesiaThe Faculty of Mathematic and Natural Sciences, Mataram University
2016/10/13Federative Republic of BrazilThe Federal University of Minas Gerais
2016/7/25Kingdom of ThailandFaculty of Social Sciences, Chiang Mai University
2016/5/25Kingdom of CambodiaThe Royal University of Phnom Penh
2016/3/4Kingdom of ThailandBuddhist Research Institute(BRI), Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand
2016/2/2TaiwanThe Department of Southeast Asian Studies, National Chi Nan University
2016/2/2TaiwanThe Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chi Nan University
2016/2/1TaiwanThe Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University
2015/11/30Republic of AzerbaijanThe School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), ADA University, Azerbaijan
2015/6/18Republic of the PhilippinesCebuano Studies Center, University of San Carlos
2015/3/18Republic of IndonesiaThe Faculty of Social and Political Science, Bangka Belitung University
2015/3/10Republic of EstoniaThe Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallinn University
2015/1/5Kingdom of ThailandThe Graduate School, Silpakorn University
2014/12/4AustraliaThe Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, The University of Sydney
2014/10/24Republic of the PhilippinesThe School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University
2014/10/6United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandThe Department of Geography, University of Leicester
2014/7/3MalaysiaThe Forest Research Institute Malaysia
2014/4/9Lao People’s Democratic RepublicThe National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
2013/12/20Kingdom of SwedenThe Forum for Asian Studies, Stockholm University
2013/11/12People’s Republic of ChinaSoutheast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong
2013/10/9Kingdom of ThailandFaculty of Political Science, Ubon Ratchathani University
2013/10/9Federal Republic of GermanyThe Southeast Asian and Development Studies Programme, Passau University
2013/6/10Republic of the PhilippinesMindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology
2013/3/28Federal Republic of GermanySoutheast Asian Studies Program, University of Freiburg
2012/12/11Brunei DarussalamInstitute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
2012/6/28Kingdom of the NetherlandsThe International Institute for Asian Studies
2012/4/1Kingdom of BhutanMinistry of Health, the Kingdom of Bhutan
2011/6/3Kingdom of BhutanSherubtse College, Royal University of Bhutan
2011/3/14Kingdom of ThailandThe Faculty of Nursing Kohn Kaen University
2010/12/13Kingdom of CambodiaRoyal University of Agriculture (RUA)
2010/12/13Kingdom of CambodiaRoyal University of Fine Arts (RUFA)
2010/2/23Republic of PeruInstitute of Peruvian Studies
2008/2/25Arab Republic of EgyptCenter for Asian Studies, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University
2007/10/10Republic of IndonesiaSultan Agung Tirtayasa University
2007/5/30Lao People’s Democratic RepublicFaculty of Social Science, National University of Laos
2007/5/18Lao People’s Democratic RepublicFaculty of Agriculture, National University of Laos
2007/5/17Lao People’s Democratic RepublicFaculty of Forestry, National University of Laos
2006/4/9Republic of IndonesiaCenderawasih University
2006/3/14TaiwanCenter for Asia-Pacific Area Studies, Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
2004/9/15Kingdom of ThailandFaculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University
2004/8/9Republic of IndonesiaNational Islamic University
2002/10/26Republic of SingaporeFaculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
2002/9/17People’s Republic of BangladeshInternational Centre for Diarrheal Diseases Research, Bangladesh
2002/2/7Kingdom of ThailandFaculty of Science, Prince of Songkla University
2002/3/25Republic of the Union of MyanmarThe SEAMEO Regional Centre for History and Tradition
2002/3/11Republic of the Union of MyanmarYezin Agricultural University
2001/9/5Republic of IndonesiaResearch Institute and Graduate Programs, Hasanuddin University

Japan Consortium for Area Studies(JCAS)


Japan Consortium for Area Studies (JCAS) was established in 2004 as anetwork of organizations working on area studies in Japan. Currently about100 organizations of universities, research institutes, academic societies,and civic organizations are members. Through collaborative research, JCASaims to nurture the next generation of researchers and produce socialcollaboration between organizations and ensure that knowledge and resourcesare fully utilized to revitalize organizations. At present, CSEAS is thesecretariat of JCAS after integrating with the Center for Integrated AreaStudies (CIAS), which previously served as the secretariat since thefounding of JCAS.

Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA)

アジアにおける東南アジア研究コンソーシアム(SEASIA)国際諮問委員会 (2013年10月11日)

Over the past few decades, in tandem with ever-deepening economic integration and increasing cross-border flows and movements of people, goods, ideas, and technologies, a number of leading organizations, communities, and individuals in East Asia (Northeast and Southeast Asia) have been initiating, cementing, and institutionalizing both regional and global linkages and collaborations at the governmental and non-governmental levels, particularly in business, academia, and the arts.

    Network-style academic cooperation has become de rigueur among area specialists as well. But so far, academic cooperation in the East Asia region has mainly taken the form of bundles of bilateral (or at most trilateral) exchanges and collaboration, involving great expenditure of time, energy, and funds. There are many overlaps in the thematic focus of conferences, symposia and workshops sponsored individually or jointly by area studies institutions. Some of the unintended consequences of this noodle-bowl phenomenon include intellectual fragmentation and segmentation even within one particular topic of “area studies.” Fragmentation and segmentation may actually impede the development of synergistic, inter- and multi-disciplinary, and comparative approaches to area studies –goals and endeavors that are in fact held and pursued in common by all of us scholars who are keen to promote area studies. In an era of budget cuts, it makes more sense for area studies institutions to work together.

    The study of Southeast Asia is an integral part of Asian studies and is represented in various international academic meetings. Furthermore, there are many region-based institutions that have provided excellent platforms for promoting Southeast Asian studies. However, the establishment of a region-based consortium of Southeast Asian Studies aims to complement these regional and global efforts by linking these hubs into a cooperative venture. It will provide a multilateral regional forum in the form of annual meetings, along with smaller joint workshops or conferences; a system for sharing information about each other’s activities; opportunities for education and training of young and up-and-coming scholars -for promoting collaboration and exchanges among Southeast Asia- and other East Asia-based Southeast Asianists.

    More importantly, we seek to connect institutions specializing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities—for example, earthquake science and disaster management, medical research, urban studies, ecology, energy, resource management, industry specialists, creative industries—whose scholars have an interest in, and who work on or in Southeast Asia, but do not necessarily consider themselves as area studies specialists.

    Logistically, it is more convenient and affordable for Southeast/East Asia-based scholars to meet and interact with each other in the region compared to traveling long distances and at huge expense to America and Europe (although this consortium welcomes the participation of American and European Southeast Asianists). Other places where Southeast Asian studies constitutes only one sub-regional branch of “area studies” among many other areas are subject to the vicissitudes of funding and institutional imperatives specific to the countries in which they are lodged. Yet, for scholars working on Southeast Asia who are based in East Asia, this “area” matters in geopolitical, economic, intellectual, institutional, social, cultural and affective terms, making it impossible to treat Southeast Asian studies as if this were something peripheral and external to what scholars, public intellectuals, policy-makers, and activists are doing in this region.

    SEASIA will promote Southeast Asian studies by linking the leading area studies institutions in the region in a cooperative venture to provide a multilateral forum for organizing academic meetings, seminars, workshops, and symposia. The main outlet for this endeavour is the SEASIA Conference, which is hosted by member institutions every two years.

    The consortium Charter was signed by the Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Academia Sinica; the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, National Chengchi University; the Institute of Asian Studies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam; the Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University; the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore; the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University; the Asian Center, University of the Philippines, Diliman; the School of Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University; the Indonesian Institute of Sciences; the Taiwan Association of Southeast Asian Studies; the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Yusof Ishak Institute; the Southeast Asia Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong; the School of International Studies, Jinan University.


SEASIA Conference

SEASIA 2019 Conference

Title: “Change and Resistance: Future Directions of Southeast Asia”
Date: Dec. 5-7, 2019
Venue: Institute Of Sociology, South Wing, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, Academia Sinica, 128 Sec. 2 Academia Rd., Nankang, Taipei 11529, Taiwan
Organizer: SEASIA, National Chengchi University
Co-organizers: Academia Sinica, Taiwan Association of Southeast Asian Studies, Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan

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SEASIA 2017 Conference

Title: “Unity in Diversity:Transgressive in Southeast Asia”
Date: Dec. 16-17, 2017
Venue: Chulalongkorn University
Organizers: SEASIA, Chulalongkorn University
Co-organizers: The Thailand Research Fund, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau), The Japan Foundation, Kyoto University

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AYSEA 2016

Title: “Democratization, Regionalization and Globalization in Southeast Asia”
Date: Nov. 9-12, 2016
Venue: National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Organizers: SEASIA, National Chengchi University, Taiwan Association of Southeast Asian Studies, International Program of Collaborative Research: IPCR, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

SEASIA 2015 Conference

Date: Dec. 12-13, 2015
Venue: Kyoto International Conference Center, Japan
Organizers: SEASIA, Center for Southeast Asian Studies Kyoto University
Co-organizers: The Japan Foundation、The Resona Foundation for Asia and Oceania, The Japanese Society for Asian Studies, Kyoto University

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Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies (SEASIA) Governing Board Members (Dec., 2017)

The Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum

The 12th Kyoto University Southeast Asian Forum organized by HAKU(Indonesian Alumni Association of Kyoto University) in Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya on 4th February 2013

The former Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum (FY2007-FY2015), now known as the Kyoto University Southeast Asia Network Forum (FY2015 to present) is an international forum. It promotes research results conducted by and with Kyoto Universities scholars to the general public in Southeast Asia based on collaborations between Kyoto University and alumni and alumna associations of Kyoto University in each country in Southeast Asia. The forums have been held twenty-four times in different Southeast Asian countries (see list below) since the first forum was conducted in Jakarta, Indonesia in November 2007. CSEAS has has been pivotal in facilitating the forums.

    Since its establishment, Kyoto University has accepted a number of Southeast Asian students as foreign students or scholars. Most of them are active as public intellectuals in various fields such as education institutions, the government sector, and private business upon return to their home countries. Kyoto University has started to establish alumni and alumna associations in Southeast Asian countries and the forums have become great opportunities to rekindle the network among alumni and alumnae and also between them and Kyoto University to socialize and spread research results to Southeast Asian societies.

Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2007−13

13th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2013: Stem Cell: From Research to Applications

Date:February 16, 2013
Place:The Twin Towers Hotel, Bangkok
Organizer:HAKU (Himpunan Alumni Kyoto University Indonesia)
Supported by:Kyoto University/Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology(TNI)

12th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2013: Geological Disaster Problems in Indonesia and Their Countermeasures

Date:4−5 February 2013
Place:Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Surabaya
Organizer:HAKU (Himpunan Alumni Kyoto University Indonesia)

11th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2012: Best Practices on Resource Management in Lao PDR

Date:19 November 2012
Place:Vansana Riverside Hotel
Joint Hosting:Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University(CSEAS)/ Kyoto University Network in Laos/Center for Statistics and Information Department of Planning Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

10th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2012: FLOODS!: Lessons Learned from Experiences

Date:17 March 2012
Place:Kasatsuk 2, 4th Floor, The Twin Towers Hotel Bangkok
Joint Hosting:Kyoto University and Kyoto Union Club

9th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2012:Technical and Social Innovation on Utilization of Natural Resources

Date:28-29 January 2012
Place:Main Office, Mulawarman University
(Kampus Gunung Kelua Jl. Kuaro No. 1, Samarinda Kalimantan Timur, Indonesia)
Joint Hosting:Kimpunan Alumni Kyoto University/Kyoto University/ Association of Kyoto University Alumni, East Kalimantan, Indonesia
Supported by:Mulawarman University/Government of East Kalimantan/ “Towards Sustainable Humanosphere in Southeast Asia”, CSEAS, Kyoto University
Related Article:“KALTIM POST” (30 January 2012)PDF

8th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2011: What to do and not to do during an earthquake?

Date:12 February 2011
Place:Room “Mandarin”, Mandarin Hotel 1F(Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Thailand)
Joint Hosting:Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University(CSEAS)/Kyoto Union Club
Supported by:Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI)/ Japanese Kyodai Alumni (in Thailand)

7th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2011: Politics, Livelihood and Local Praxis in the Era of Decentralization in Indonesia

Date:8-9 January 2011
Place:Rectorate Building Senate Room, Universitas Hasanuddin
Joint Hosting:Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University(CSEAS)/Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies(ASAFAS), Kyoto University/Hasanuddin University Makassar/ Kyoto University Field Station/ JSPS International Training Program “On-site education of Practical Languages for Area Studies”/ Global COE Program “In Seaarch of Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa”

6th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2010: Health Crisis !!! Business Chances Creation

Date: 6 February 2010 8:30-16:30
Place:Room “Mandarin”, Mandarin Hotel 1F
(Rama IV Road, Bangkok, Thailand)
Joint Hosting:Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University(CSEAS)/Kyoto Union Club
Supported by:Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology (TNI)/ Japanese Kyodai Alumni (in Thailand)
Program & Poster:PDF

5th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2010:”the Earth and Space Sciences”

Date:7-8 January 2010
Place:East Campus Center, Institut Teknologi Bandung

4th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2009: “Water Cycle Management in Indonesia”

Date:23-24 January 2009
Place:IPB International Conference Center (IICC)
Joint Hosting:Kyoto University Alumni Association/ HAKU (Himpunan Alumni Kyoto University Indonesia) in collaboration with Bogor Agricultural University

3th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2009: “Global Crisis in Food and Energy: Thailand-Japan Perspectives”

Date:17 January 2009
Place:Room “Rainbow”, 5th Floor, Imperial Queens Park Hotel
Organizer:Kyoto University and KUC (Kyoto Union Club) Supported by Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology(TNI)
Reception Organizer:Kyoto University, KUC and Japanese KU Alumni Association in Bangkok
Program & Poster:PDF (933KB)
Related Article:「Bangkok Shuho」(2-8 February 2009)PDF

2th Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2008: “Technical Innovation for Sustainable Societies”

Date:26 January 2008
Place:Room “Rainbow”, 5th Floor, Imperial Queens Park Hotel
Joint Hosting:Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University(CSEAS)/ Thai-Nichi Institute of Technology
Program:PDF (82KB)
Proceedings:PDF (1228KB)
Related Article:「Bangkok Post」(28 February 2008)/「Kom Chad Luk」(Thai Newspaper)PDF

1st Kyoto University Southeast Asia Forum 2007: “In Search of New Paradigm on Sustainable Humanospherea “

Date:26-27 November 2007
Place:Gedung Widyagraha Lt. 1, LIPI  Jl. Jendral Gatot, Subroto Kav. 10, Jakarta
Joint Hosting:Global COE Program “In Search of Sustainable Humanosphere in Asia and Africa”/ HAKU (Himpunan Alumni Kyoto University Indonesia)/ LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Sciences)
Program:PDF (933KB)
Poster:JPG (101KB)
Proceedings:PDF (6354KB)