Asian Graduate Studies Summit 2024 Kicks Off in Thailand

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The Asian Graduate Studies Summit 2024 (A-GraSS) has officially started in Thailand, marking the beginning of a three-day conference aimed at catalyzing graduate research for sustainable development. The conference has over 300 onsite and 200 online participants including graduate students, professors, academicians, scientists, and experts from various disciplines. They represent nearly a hundred higher education institutions from countries such as Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

The event began with a processional of key officials and administrators from participating higher education institutions. Dr. Racidon Bernarte, Managing Director of APCORE Inc., then provided a conference summary, emphasizing the pivotal role of participants in shaping the future. The summit was conceptualized after the APCORE Hybrid International Conference 2023 held in Bandung, Indonesia. It aims to serve as a platform for collaborative exchange and foster a vision of diverse perspectives and intellectual discovery.

During the welcome remarks, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Watcharin Gasaluck, President of Burapha University (BU), highlighted the significance of knowledge exchange among graduate-level scholars. He emphasized its role in professional development, interdisciplinary networking, and social impact. Dr. Gasaluck stated, “I urge you to fully participate in this event for your academic career and to further institutional collaborations and the continued development of our countries.”

Meanwhile, Dr. Witawat Jangiam, Executive Director of APCORE and dean of the BU-Graduate School, emphasized the summit’s theme as a call to action to tackle the complexities of modern global challenges and achieve sustainable development. Dr. Jangiam highlighted the importance of learning from keynote speeches and roundtable discussions, fostering new connections, and strengthening collaboration for a harmonious and fruitful future. Prof. Ir. Dr. Mohd Jailani Bin Mohd Nor of Universiti Teknikal Malaysia and Chairman of APCORE also encouraged participants to actively engage in the summit. The summit’s objectives were carefully curated to meet the needs of the time and the complexities of modern global challenges. Dr. Mohd stated, “Through this summit, we bridge the gap between theory and practice, fostering a future that is harmonious and fruitful for ASEAN and the world.”

Dr. Theresita V. Atienza, QCU President, delivered a message of support, emphasizing QCU’s active participation in all APCORE events. She highlighted how these events have helped the university expand its foothold and ensure international collaboration.

The summit also featured messages from other academic partners, including Piksi Ganesha, Bicol University, Mountain Province State University, University of Perpetual Help Dalta, and UCSI Malaysia. All of them are committed to propelling a brighter future for ASEAN and beyond.

Taking place from April 3 to 5, 2024, at the Bangsaen Heritage Hotel in Chon Buri, Thailand, the summit aims to address pressing global challenges through interdisciplinary collaboration and knowledge sharing towards achieving sustainable development.

With QCU’s involvement as a co-host partner, the event underscores the importance of collective efforts in advancing sustainable development goals and shaping the future of Southeast Asia and the world.






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