International Relations Centre (UKM Global)

 Towards Greater Years Together!

The ASEAN Virtual Youth Mobility Program is a two-weeks virtual programme that focuses on the awareness and understanding of ASEAN. This program will bring academics within the region and outside the region to give guest lectures on each nation. This will be followed by project-based learning activities where participants will be involved in group projects to discuss about matters arising. The programme creates a platform for a network between the younger generation to build ideas and interact with people of different ASEAN country.

Great Networking Opportunities

Meet ASEAN Guest Lecturers

Gain New Insights and Understanding



Melly Ridaryanthi

Universitas Mercu Buana, Indonesia

Melly Ridaryanthi, Ph.D is a lecturer at the Faculty of Communication Science, Universitas Mercu Buana, Jakarta. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Universitas Padjadjaran, a Master’s degree in Communication Management, and a Ph.D in Communication from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Her areas of expertise are in intercultural communication, cultural adaptation, media studies and phenomenology.

Nurzihan Hassim

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Nurzihan is a multifaceted and award-winning educator with over 16 years of teaching experience. Having completed her thesis on practices of female modesty in contemporary Malaysian media, Nurzihan is currently expanding her research interests by working on several grants and has published in journals, books, and conference proceedings on youths, new media and cultural studies. A senior lecturer at the Centre for Research in Media and Communication (MENTION) at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, she is also the Journal Manager of Malaysian Journal of Communication and Head of Cluster for Media Literacy Empowerment and Digital Content.

Filmor Murillo

Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges, Philippines

Mr. Filmor J. Murillo is an Associate Professor at Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges. He holds a BA in English and has earned his Master of Development Communication degree from the University of the Philippines Open University. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD in English Studies (Language) at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. His research interests include English language studies, stylistics, rhetoric, semiotics/linguistic landscape, pragmatics, gender studies and literary studies. He is affiliated with several organizations: a member of the Bicol Association of Language and Literature Teachers; a Founding Member of the T4 Community; a lifetime member of the Linguistic Society of the Philippines; and a member of the Steering Committee of the EU Support for Higher Education in the ASEAN Region (SHARE) Community of Practice.

Thavone Panmanivong

Souphanouvong University, Lao PDR

Thavone graduated from Flinders University in 2019 and has seen how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected students’ studies and lives, especially at Souphanouvong University.

Ammar Redza Ahmad Rizal

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Dr. Ammar Redza Ahmad Rizal is a senior lecturer at the Centre for Research in Media and Communication at the National University of Malaysia (UKM). He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role, having earned both a doctoral degree in Communication and an MPhil in Communication. His research interests are wide-ranging and include communication and behavioural change, political communication, and human-media interaction.

Annie Dayani Hj Ahad

Universiti Brunei Darussalam

Dr. Annie is a Deputy Director at the Centre for Lifelong Learning and a lecturer at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. She received her education at Monash Uni with a Masters Degrees in Applied IT and a Doctorate Degree in Communication Technology from University of Queensland. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from UBD. Her current research interest includes 4th IR technologies & applications, lifelong education, e-learning, digital business and media also mobile communications.

Kho Suet Nie

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Dr. Kho Suet Nie is a senior lecturer in the Center for Research in Media and Communication, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She is also the Associate Editor of Malaysian Journal of Media and Communication. She specializes in the study of the mediatization of politics in Malaysia, public relations and corporate communication.

Pichayalak Pichayakul

Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Assistant Professor Dr. Pichayalak Pichayakul is a Associate Dean, Faculty of Business Administration Chiang Mai University since 2021.

Eka Perwitasari Fauzi

Mercu Buana University, Indonesia

Eka Perwitasari Fauzi, M.Ed is curently a Head of Advertising and Marketing Communication Study at Faculty of Communication Study, Universitas Mercu Buana, Indonesia. She had published a several journal articles and among them are Coffee Shop and Art Community as Form of Modern Public Space (2019), Modern Muslimah in Media: a Study of Reception Analysis in “Saliha” Program on Net TV (2020), Social Construction of Soft Masculinity on Korean Pop Culture (2021), and The Ideology of Racism in Contemporary Hollywood Films on Netflix: A Case Study on “All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” Movie (2022).

Gina V. Lopez

The University of Cambodia

Ms. Gina V. Lopez is currently connected with one of Cambodia’s premier universities, The University of Cambodia as Vice President for International Affairs and Dean of The Tony Fernandes School of Business. Her knowledge and expertise about the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) stemmed from years of working and interactions with people coming from the different countries of Southeast Asia and beyond. Her 5 years of working with the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) at a refugee camp in the Philippines gave her the first hand understanding of the collective and differentiating cultures of people from the Philippines, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. It was her refugee camp work experiences and exposures that gave her the advantage in assuming academic leadership role when she moved  to Cambodia. It was her full understanding of the Southeast Asian culture that enabled her to implement academic programs from the students’ level involving establishing networks and linkages for students with different business and international entities to the management level involving partnership and cooperation for the university with stakeholders within and outside Cambodia. Her active and ongoing engagements with EU-SHARE Programs and other events with international students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Timor-Leste is a proof of how she fully understands ASEAN from different  perspectives.

Abdul Latiff Ahmad

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Abdul Latiff Ahmad is the Director of the International Relations Centre (UKM Global) and an Associate Professor in the Centre of Research in Media and Communication, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He obtained his PhD in Communication Studies from University of Queensland, Australia. He is currently the Malaysian Regional Vice President for the World Communication Association. He is also a Fulbright Alumni. His research interests include intercultural communication and internationalization. He has led research grants and consultancy project from Toshiba International Foundation, Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia, SHARE EU and the Central Bank of Malaysia.

Tanot Unjah

Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tanot Unjah is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). She also serves as the Deputy Director of the International Relations Centre (UKM Global). She is very active in her research activities which includes nature conservation, geoheritage development and management (geotourism and geopark), sustainable utilization of non-renewable resources and geohazard. Her research work on conservation geology is vital in being translated and endorsed by Langkawi Global Geopark under UNESCO and currently, an active member of Malaysian National Geopark Implementation Committee under The Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy to develop geopark throughout the country.

Nguyen Thuy Van (Julie)

Phu Yen University, Vietnam

Dr. Nguyen Thuy Van (Julie) is a Vietnamese scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Management and Administration from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). Upon completion of her Ph.D. study, she continues doing postdoctoral teaching and research at the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities at UTM. Currently, she works as senior researcher in the research Journal Depertment in Phu Yen University, Vietnam. Her main area of interest is student development and teaching pedagogy in teacher education. She dedicated her Ph.D. thesis to examining academic advising practices in Malaysian public universities. Academic advising is employed to ensure that undergraduate students can graduate on time. In her study, she explored the strengths and challenges in the ASEAN higher education environment for local and international students. Her teaching field is a teaching pedagogy for teacher education for undergraduates and student development for postgraduate students. She has over 20 articles published in Scopus indexed journals related to academic advising, teaching and learning, higher education for sustainable development. Currently, she is interested in conducting researches regarding Local and International Education for Sustainable Development Goals in different levels.