Putrajaya, July 27, 2023 – The 6th Asian Science Deans Summit 2023 (6th ASDS) was organised by the Faculty of Science and Technology, National University of Malaysia (UKM), in collaboration with the Council of Science and Mathematics Deans Malaysia (MDSM). The summit was chaired by Dean, Prof. ChM. Dr. Ishak Ahmad, and successfully held at the Everly Putrajaya Hotel, Malaysia. The 6th ASDS brought together science deans from various Asian universities annually, with the aim of strengthening cooperation among the institutions. The event gathered 56 participants from 45 universities across 9 Asian countries and took place from July 25 to July 27, 2023.
The theme of this year’s 6th Asian Science Deans Summit (6th ASDS) was “Frontiering Science Through Impactful Collaboration.” It provided participating universities with opportunities to enhance mobility programs and develop networking prospects with existing and new partners throughout Asia.
The conference organizers had planned various activities for the participants. On July 25, 2023, the attendees enjoyed a journey around Putrajaya Lake while witnessing the beauty of the sunset. Additionally, the ASDS delegates were treated to a dinner reception at Bora Ombak, Marina Putrajaya.
The conference was inaugurated successfully on July 26, 2023, by Prof. Dr. Norhamidi Muhamad, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Generation & Infrastructure at UKM. The event also featured Prof. Dr. Swung Han Park, the founder of ASDS from Yonsei University, Korea, who delivered a speech to the conference attendees. The morning session included welcoming remarks by Madam Hazami Hanin, CEO of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia, and insightful contributions from prominent Asian science deans. Among the key discussions were views on research collaboration strategies that create impact, industry relations, and high-impact teaching/learning methods.
The GALA dinner was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Mohammad Bin Kasim, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic & International Affairs at UKM. The GALA dinner celebration featured a variety of delicious dishes and cultural performances representing Malaysia’s diverse ethnic heritage. The event also acknowledged the sponsors of the 6th ASDS, including the Ministry of Higher Education, UKMShape, Biogenes Sdn Bhd, Toyyib Sdn Bhd, and AM Zaideen Venture Sdn Bhd.
This year’s 6th Asian Science Deans Summit (6th ASDS) hopes to achieve its main goal of providing a collaborative platform among science faculties across Asian universities to enhance the quality of education, research, and public engagement in their respective institutions. The 7th ASDS will be held in the Philippines.