STEM education: Conceptions and Practices for Sustainable Development in Vietnam

Vietnam is experiencing with rapid demographic and social change including rural out migration and aging population in rural areas. Rapid economic growth and industrialization have not been friendly to the environment and natural resources; and urbanization and population growth are causing rapidly increasing waste and pollution challenges. Since every SDG requires education to empower people with the knowledge, skills and values to live, build their lives and contribute to their societies. A question emerged in this context is how STEM education prepare a young generation who are able to address the great challenges of the society. This project aims to understand teachers’ attitudes and behaviors in STEM education- an interdisciplinary approach to learning. The ultimate goal is this research is to understand which STEM education models would be “good practices” to (i) enhance comprehensive education for students, (ii) improve students’ STEM literacy, (iii) develop students’ both soft and academic skills such as problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking, augmentation, intellectual curiosity and collaboration skills, (iv) connect schools to communities, (v) orient students’ career development and (vi) prepare for Industry 4.0.

Keywords Teachers, attitudes, STEM teaching practices, young generation, STEM literacy, problem-solving


Outreach lecture on “Urban Governance and Waste Management” at the joint workshop on “Strengthening Governance for Low-carbon Integrated Solid Wastes Management and Circular Economy” organized by UNITAR, GTC Korea, and UNEP

Since 2018, Dr. Sohee M. Kim, Assistant Professor at UEM has been participated as a guest lecturer in the capacity building & training programs and student workshop on “Low-carbon Integrated Solid Wastes Management and Circular Economy”, organized and funded by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Green Technology Center (GTC) of Korea, and UN Environment.

Keywords Circular economy, Sustainable consumption and production, Solid waste management, Urban governance


Into the light: Female youths migrant workers in fishing industry and their access to decent work, education, and social protection

There are many young migrants from Cambodia to Thailand, who migrant alone or with their family members. The study explored the opportunity cost of such decision to migrate and the advantage that they might get by migrating. The study showed the struggle that young women migrants face to balance their own aspiration and their family responsibilities. There is an opportunity cost for youths to migrate and they need to forego their chances of higher education and network building back home.

Keywords migration, women, youths, fishing community, Cambodia, Thailand, education


Capacity building of gender and development studies at Yangon University of Economics

This project contributes to capacity building of YUE for qualitative research. It consists of graduate education at AIT, curriculum development of gender and development at YUE, qualitative research training workshop and small research projects, and joint supervision of students. As the result of the project, YUE now runs a gender and development studies graduate course.

Keywords gender, qualitative research, policy, Myanmar, graduate education

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Critical Factors for Post-Disaster Educational Continuity in Urban Flood Impacts in South and Southeast Asia

The research project investigated the critical factors for educational continuity in the case of urban flooding in South and Southeast Asia. The research studied three countries – Bangladesh, Thailand, and Vietnam – which are recurrently affected by floods.  The research specifically aimed at extrapolating the main blockers and enablers of educational continuity. Towards this goal, primary, middle and high school educational institutions were selected for analysis in each country.

Keywords DRR, Education, Flood resilience


Training Program on Disaster Risk Management and Governance

The Training Program on Disaster Risk Management and Governance aims to increase efficiency in disaster preparedness, mitigation and management to minimize the loss of life and properties in disaster or emergency situations. During the training workshop we will deliver case studies and best practices from international perspectives through the international trainers followed by the field study visit.

Keywords Disaster, Risk Management, Governance, SFDRR


International Workshop Disaster Resilience and Business Continuity Planning

Disaster Resilience and Business Continuity Planning at the various level for Advocating Safety of Public and Private Hospitals, Schools, and other Critical Structures are one of the key components for mainstreaming resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in higher education. This workshop will contribute in exchange of knowledge and dialogues which will help in developing actions and projects for mainstreaming resilience furthermore and thus reducing the risk of disasters. This event being organized at Asian Institute of Technology, Pathumthani, Thailand gives a great opportunity to our institutional corporation to join hands toward the effort in Mainstreaming Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction in Education.

Keywords Business resilience, DRR, SFDRR


International Symposium on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development

The International Symposium on “Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development” is one of the initiatives of ProSPER.Net project “Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development Education Network in Asia” lead by Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand along with the partner universities in the Asia Pacific Region. The symposium will also provide an opportunity to develop a Higher Educational Institution Platform on DRR to address the cross-cutting issues on Disaster Resilience and Sustainable Development and also understanding regional challenges that result from complex problems generated by natural hazards and human induced threats.

Keywords Sustainable Development, Disaster Risk Reduction, SFDRR, resilience


Capacity Building through Curriculum Development, Conduct Various Trainings for Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities and Line Department Government Officials

The Sindh Resilience Project, with the Sindh Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), signed a contract with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) on 28th June 2019, to execute a project “Capacity Building through Curriculum Development, Conduct Various Training programs and workshops for Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities and Line Department Government Officials”, funded by The World Bank.

Keywords: DRR, Capacity development