The Asia Professional Education Network (APEN), founded in 2011, is the first education network in Asia that specifically aims to produce top professionals who have the skills to solve the many issues facing various industries in the Asian region now and in the future.
What is APEN?
- The key to the development of Asia in the 21st century is industrial human resource development (i-HRD) for the development of a vast number of top professionals, primarily in manufacturing.
- APEN is an international organization established in 2011 to develop PBL (project based learning) education, which is an exceptional i-HRD training method for university postgraduate education.
- APEN has 10 members from 10 countries, and the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (AIIT) plays the role of secretariat.
- The members at APEN's founding were Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology (Japan), Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China), Pohang University of Science and Technology (Rep. of Korea), and Vietnam National University (Viet Nam).
- The Institute of Cambodia, and Institut Teknologi Bandung (Indonesia) joined on 3 October 2011, Thammasat University (Thailand) on 6 October 2011, University Teknologi Malaysia on 28 November 2011, National University of Laos on 1 December 2011, and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) on 13 February 2012.
Main Areas of Work
1. Development and spread of PBL
APEN promotes PBL as a key learning method, one that is indispensable for practical education. PBL allows learners not only to systematize knowledge and improve skills through hands-on projects, but also to learn behavioral characteristics in business situations that can be learned only through business practice. To set up an appropriate environment, with PBL in particular, for the development of Asia`s professionals, APEN conducts research, development, and promotion activities.
2. Promotion of the multiversity vision
Multiversity means higher education institutions that provide pluralistic and diverse educational services, replacing the conventional "high school-university" education system for human resource development. The paradigm shift from a conventional educational institution is expressed as a shift from "an organization on the educators' side" to "an organization on the learners' side." Based on the nine-year unified school system consisting of vocational high school, industrial technology college, and professional graduate school system consisting of vocational high school, industrial technology college, and professional graduate school in Tokyo, APEN promotes a multiversity system.
3. Research and development of the credibility index for SMEs to build industrial networks
In building a multi-layered industrial structure required in developing an affluent community, a sound organization is indispensable. Such an industrial network is built on the trust in individual companies or organizations as components of the network node. And the network provides professionals with opportunities to demonstrate their abilities.
4. Other exchange projects
- APEN Student Club
Encourage students of APEN-member educational institutions to conduct voluntary global activities.
- APEN Business Club
Provide managers of APEN-member companies with communication opportunities.