DAAD's SDG-Partnership Programme from 2022–2025 and is being co-developed and co-implemented by Svay Rieng University, Cambodia, the National University of Laos, Lao PDR, East Yangon University, Myanmar, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand, Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa'e, Timor-Leste, Thuyloi University, Vietnam, the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and SEAMEO RIHED.
The project has been designed around two key pillars:
- Research Governance, so as to strengthen the research governance structures of participating HEIs in the GMS and Timor Leste,
- Capacity Enhancement for Researchers, so as to foster joint-research collaboration through the development of new research programs and projects in thematic areas concerning Sustainable Development.
Aware of the region’s needs for more sustainable research ecosystems and enhanced research capacity towards sustainable development, SEAMEO RIHED, in partnership with the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, is facilitating the collaboration between 25 universities across the GMS and Timor-Leste through a series of planned activities aimed at both pillars of the project over the course of the next 4 years. These activities will include the DAAD-SEAMEO RIHED Research Leadership Excellence Program for nominated research leaders in the GMS and Timor Leste to work with universities in Germany and the development of 3 collaborative regional research networks around the themes of climate change, collaborative river governance and management, and sustainable agricultural production. Furthermore, Indonesian and international experts are also involved in this four-year project between UAS OS and Indonesia, which will contribute to the success of the project. This collaboration enables the partners to strengthen the existing networks.