The Kyoto ASEAN Forum is an international forum that applies research results for the benefit of society based on collaborations between Kyoto University alumni and alumna associations of Kyoto University in each country in the Southeast Asia. Kyoto University has accepted a number of Malaysian students as foreign students or scholars since its establishment. At present, most of them are active in various fields such as education institutions, the government sector and private business upon return to their home countries. Kyoto University Southeast Asian Network Forum in Malaysia aims to promote the dissemination of research results of Kyoto University to Malaysian societies as well as maintain active alumni and alumna networks in this region.

Under the theme “Exploring New Horizons in Collaborations between ASEAN and Kyoto University”, this forum was organized at the Pullman Hotel Kuala Lumpur. The forum was begun with the opening remarks by Tan Sri Dr. Noorul Ainur Mohd Nur (Secretary General, Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia), H. E. Mr. Makio Miyagawa (Japanese Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in Malaysia), Dr. Kayo Inaba (Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations, Kyoto University) and video message from Prof. Shinya Yamanaka (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University).

This program was attended and begun with the keynote speaker by H. E. Mr. Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar (Former Minister of Youth and Sports Malaysia), Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa (President of Kyoto University) and Dr. Haruo Takeda (Corporate Chief Engineer, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.).

On the first day, many discussions and presentations of research output from Kyoto University researchers and alumni were held. Then, on the 2nd day, closed meeting was held with panelists from Asia-Japan networks, discussing topics such as research collaboration, double-degree, students’ mobility, industry-academics partnership and so forth.


Kyoto Alumni Association Malaysia (MYKYOTO) collaborated with Pertubuhan Legasi Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Islam Hadhari Institute, National University of Malaysiain in organizing Forum on Islam, ) (FICAS 2017) in conjunction with International Sustainable Technology, Energy and Civilization Conference (ISTECC 2017)  at the Marriott Hotel Putrajaya. This forum was also organized in partnership  with the Center of South-East Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University, Japan. This forum was held to promote and encourage dialogue with the local and international experts in the field of Islam, Civilization and Science in the modern age

The first session forum under the theme of Science and Civilization was chaired by Dr. Zul Ilham Zulkiflee Lubes (University of Malaya/ MYKYOTO) and three renown panelists; Prof. Dr. Kayo Inaba (Executive Vice-President for Gender Equality, International Affairs, and Public Relations, Kyoto University, Japan), Prof. Dr. Ismail Abustan (University of Science Malaysia) dan Prof. Dato’ Dr. Mohd Yusof Othman (Director of Islam Hadhari Institute, National University of Malaysia). In this session, panelists discussed the importance of cultivating human values and ethics in science to ensure the parallel development occurs within the human civilization and public benefits circumstances.

The second forum was then chaired by Prof. Dato’ Ir. Dr. Hassan Basri (National University of Malaysia) under the theme of Islam in Modern Society. Panelists were Prof. Dr. Hashim Kamali (CEO, IAIS), Prof. Dr. Yasushi Kosugi (Director of Hadhari Center, Kyoto University) and Prof. Datuk Dr. Azizan Baharuddin (Head Director, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) discussed seriously the role and importance of Islam in the current development to ensure the Islamic values would not be neglected in the policy and administration planning.

Puan Sheriffah Noor Khamseah Al-Idid, a participant in this program also expressed her support towards this forum organization and show interest to hear more challenging topics such as Islamic view on using nuclear energy to generate energy and also how the Islam plays its role in the risk management.

This forum was attended from more than 400 participants in the multiple backgrounds including of academicians, religious experts, policy maker, community leader and also attract attention from young professionals and students of higher learning institutions. Some participants also hoped the paper work for this forum could be published as a monograph for the reference in future.