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Erasmus+ ‘Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia’ (BRECIL) Conference



BRECIL is a project acronym for Building Social Research Capacities in Higher Education Institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia, an Erasmus+ CBHE programme that was conducted from 2017 to 2021. The project had as its main objective to develop human capital and facilitate individual learning and institutional mechanisms in Social Science research in higher education institutions in Lao PDR and Malaysia. In order to fulfill the general objective, the project had specific objectives with the first aimed at developing and empowering researchers in the Social Sciences through training and peer learning to design, prioritize and undertake research, write up and publish research findings as well as inform policy. The second objective was to develop good governance of research by enhancing the capacity of research departments and teams in universities to fund, manage and sustain themselves. The final objective was to create a sustainable research capacity building programme in the Social Sciences including the utilization of ICT technologies leading to sustainable high quality research. It was envisaged that, at the end of the project, Lao PDR research capacity will be enhanced and that the project will have contributed to greater intra ASEAN mobility among the higher education community.


The project consortium consists of two groups, one representing ASEAN, and the other representing EU countries, to provide maximum synergy effects to realize the project goals and objectives. The project is led by Universiti Malaya. The partner countries from ASEAN comprise two universities from Malaysia, Universiti Malaya, and Universiti Utara Malaysia, and two universities from Lao PDR, National University of Laos and Souphanouvong University. The programme countries from the EU are the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; International University SDI, Munich, Germany; and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Contact person:
Ms. Marsha Prema Priya (marsha.pp@um.edu.my)


Emcee and Moderator: Alexander Lourdes  Samy, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya

3.00- 3.20 pm: Opening speeches and book launch

Welcoming speech
Assoc. Professor Jatswan Singh, Executive Director, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya

Opening speeches
HE Mr Michalis Rokas, Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Malaysia

Professor Dr. Shaliza Ibrahim, Associate Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Universiti Malaya

Multimedia Presentation and Book Launch for Getting Started with Research: a Guide to Research Methodology 
YBhg. Professor Dato'  Ir. Dr. Mohd. Hamdi Abd. Shukor, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Malaya  

3.20 – 3.35 pm: Management of an Erasmus+ EU-ASEAN Capacity Building in Higher Education Project: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Azirah Hashim, Professor Low Wah Yun and Marsha Prema Priya, Principal coordinators and manager, BRECIL, Asia-Europe Institute, Universiti Malaya, Malaysia 

3.40- 3.55 pm: Challenges and Achievements in Research Training
Professor Jens Allwood and Professor Elisabeth Ahlsén, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

4.00- 4.15 pm: Lessons learnt from the BRECIL project: perspectives from Laos
Dr Latsanyphone Soulignavong, National University of Laos and Ms Bounthieng Vongsouangtham, Souphanouvong University, Luang Prabang, Lao PDR

4.20- 4.35 pm: University Research Governance in the Social Sciences for Quality and Social Impact across Southeast Asia
Professor Ronald Holzhacker and Professor Jan Folkert Deinum, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands 

4.40- 4.55 pm: Innovations in ICT in Research 
Assoc. Professor Hariharan N Krishnasamy, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Malaysia

5.00- 5.15 pm: Quality Management: Implementing a Quality Management System in BRECIL
Dr Sinan Asci and Dr Rocio Barnabe, International University SDI, Munich, Germany

5.30 pm: Closing 
Professor Azirah Hashim, BRECIL Principle Coordinator, Universiti Malaya

How to join

Click here to register: http://bit.ly/brecilconf and receive Zoom link in your email.

Contact person:
Madam Noradiana Ab. Aziz (ndiana@um.edu.my) +60132256563

Last Update: 27/12/2021