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Research link for universities in North and South hemispheres

Research link for universities in North and South hemispheres

An innovative method of university collaboration for linking universities in developed countries of the Northern hemisphere with developing countries in the Southern hemisphere has emerged from a UN conference. 

This emerging model of research collaboration was described at the first United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) forum. 

The forum brought together partner universities from around the world in the South Korean capital Seoul from 9-12 August. 

Chung-Sok Suh, Executive Director of the Korea Research Institute at the University of New South Wales in Australia, said: “North-South-South collaboration involves universities that have rich expertise and experience. If they work with developing countries there is much to be gained.” 

Mr Suh showed the forum how this model was used in a major collaborative research project involving his university and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, the University of Malaya and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, Vietnam. 

The project analyses national development, including political development and public sector reform, economic policy and socio-cultural development, in South Korea compared to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, and draws implications for South East Asia. 

Mr Suh said many countries in South East Asia have shown an interest in adopting development strategies that reflect the experience of South Korea, which moved from a poor under-developed country to a highly developed industrialised nation within 30 years. 

Mr Suh added that university cooperation is at the heart of ensuring development effectiveness, saying: “Our collaboration is academic research and our immediate output is [in the form of] academic publishing and enhancing the quality of academic research. It strengthens capacity-building through South-East Asia” 

Posted by Keith Broomer

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