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.