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Jakarta | Opinion | Sat, October 12 2013, 11:33 AM

 

Despite the domestic affairs that distracted the focus of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as the host, the absence of US President Barack Obama and the uncertainty of economic cooperation between the US and APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit 2013 managed to focus on three main agendas: to attain the Bogor Goals, to achieve sustainable growth with equity and to promote connectivity.

To me, to address the three main priorities, the role of the university appeared to be very strategic as a triggering factor to stimulate a synergetic effort of APEC economies to attain their goals.

First, APEC could explore the role of universities across APEC economies to support the process of achieving the Bogor Vision: to find cooperative solutions to the challenges of our rapidly changing regional and global economy; to support an expanding world economy and an open multilateral trading system; to continue to reduce barriers to trade and investment to enable goods, services and capital to flow freely among our economies; to ensure that our people share the benefits of economic growth, improve education and training, link our economies through advances in telecommunications and transportation, and use our resources sustainably.

Universities as a scientific community could take those agendas for their academic orientation and scientific exercises to address the issue of uncertainty in terms of socioeconomic, cultural, political and security dimensions across APEC members.

There are some contemporary issues at the moment which could likely create great uncertainties and deteriorative effects to APEC economic performance.

The existing US federal government shutdown for example could create a domino effect to other economies across the world.

Similarly, the issue of transnational organized crimes such as money laundering, human and drug trafficking, smuggling, illegal logging, migrant worker issues and terrorism could also create socioeconomic, cultural, political and security tensions across APEC economies.

Other challenging realities, the political crisis and bloody tension in Syria, Egypt, Palestine and Israel, the Iranian nuclear issue, the relations between North and South Korea, Taiwan and China, India and Pakistan, China and Japan, and disputes over the Spratly Islands, are some examples of what may spark uncertainty within APEC economies. Here, universities can play significant roles in explaining scientifically the trends in those uncertainties in efforts to minimize their risks and consequences.

Second, APEC could explore the role of universities to address the diversity of interest within APEC economies to achieve a sustainable economic inclusive growth and equity. The diversity of interests in terms of socioeconomic, cultural, political, and security dimensions is extremely large disparity across APEC economies.

In such great diversities, to achieve its goals, APEC could take a great lesson learned from SEAMEO, Bologna Process and Laureate. A move by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) to develop various centers of excellences across the region, for example, could be an inspiring model for APEC economies to map out their university accreditation and resources to promote APEC economy networks and interdependence.

Malaysia, for example, is a regional center for Science and Mathematics education; Singapore is a leader in languages; Brunei is vocational education; Indonesia is community nutrition; the Philippines is public health and Thailand is the leader in tropical medicine.

Similarly, EU could also be an insightful model for APEC. Germany for example does not produce bicycle as does the Netherlands, although Germany holds advance technology development. Germany does not concentrate on watch industry like Switzerland has initiated. APEC may collaborate with universities to develop various centers of excellent to accelerate a sustainable economic growth and equity.

Another insightful model is Laureate approach. In line with the Bologna Process (1999) mandate to ensure comparability in the standards and quality of higher education qualifications, Laureate developed a community of international universities across the world.

At the moment, under President Bill Clinton role as the Honorary Chancellor, this global university network includes more than 70 accredited campus-based and online universities and it has more than 700,000 students across 30 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

As an example, since several years ago, some Chinese universities such as Hunan International Economics University and Sichuan Tianyi University, have been collaborating with Laureate International Universities — one of the international leaders in higher education in medical sciences, hospitality management, art, architecture and design.

Laureate also develops centers of excellence on academic expertise, a track record of research and innovation, and groundbreaking thought leadership in each field of study. Laureate Centers of Excellence make outstanding faculty, curriculum and teaching practices available to students across the entire Laureate International Universities network.

APEC and Laureate could therefore explore various thematic issues of cooperation which could contribute mutual benefits.

Third, APEC could promote university to university cooperation to promote APEC connectivity. University with its international intellectual networks could enhance supply chain connectivity as declared by APEC Leaders in Singapore in 2009 to create a firm acknowledgement on the importance of strengthening connectivity in the region.

By promoting university to university collaboration in the spirit of interdependence based on the respective university center of excellence, APEC can strengthen its physical connectivity, institutional connectivity, and more people-to-people connectivity.

Under this modality, as trade and investment are further liberalized, while people are further empowered with the university supports, connectivity will become even more important as enabler of regional economic integration.

Finally, may universities with their democracy of the intellects spirit could contribute to the achievement of APEC goals according to Bogor Visions, to achieve sustainable growth with equity, and promote connectivity.

The writer is a professor at the State University of Jakarta

 

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