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1 Workshop with SE Asian research agencies Goals and objectives Dr. Barbara Becker, Director Global Transformation Affairs, ETH Zürich Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

2 Overview Mandate Bilateral programmes as instrument of Swiss ERI policy Exploration of Asia-Pacific region Goals and objectives of the workshop Rationale Expectations Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

3 State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) Leading Houses Pilot phase of bilateral programmes with selected extra- European countries (e.g. China, India) Several research cooperation programmes with extra- European countries (BRICS+) Swiss federal institutes (ETH Zurich, EPFL) or universities as Leading House (LH) and Associated Leading House (ALH) with the SERI mandate to promote and strengthen scientific collaboration with assigned partner countries LH/ALH: National mandate for all Swiss universities (all categories) Geographic Area Partner Country Leading House Associated Leading House Asia/Pacific Region ETH Zürich University of Zürich Vietnam with EPF Lausanne Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

4 Implementation: Action plan Pilot activities with additional countries in the Asia-Pacific region a. Preparatory and exploratory activities ( ) Identification and ranking of geopolitical criteria -> 20 initial countries Mapping of existing collaboration between Swiss institutions and target countries -> survey and validation workshop 2013, Switzerland Mapping of the science landscape in the target region -> desk work 2014 National and regional workshop -> Workshop in Singapore, June 2014 b. Joint pilot activities ( ) c. Evaluation of the experiences, report to SERI Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

5 The 20 initial countries in the Asia Pacific region Criteria World Bank regions: South Asia + East Asia and Pacific Countries with > 1M inhabitants SERI bilateral contract countries excluded (China, Japan, S. Korea, India; Singapore) 20 countries OECD DAC categories (GNI based) Afghanistan Australia Bangladesh Bhutan Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Nepal New Zealand North Korea Pakistan Papua-Neuguinea Philippines Sri Lanka Thailand Timor-Leste Vietnam Pink: Countries with on-going bilateral programmes Swissnex office (green circle) or S&T counsellor Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

6 Survey and validation workshop results More Partnerships with Swiss Researchers Indonesia *Vietnam Thailand Australia New Zealand Malaysia Lower Investment in Research and Development **Bangladesh *Cambodia *Laos Mongolia **Nepal (Philippines) Sri Lanka Pakistan Less Partnerships with Swiss Researchers Higher Investment in Research and Development Gross domestic expenditure on R&D (GERD) as a percentage of GDP, 2009 or latest available year GERD in PPP$ millions ranges from 2.6 (Laos) to (Austr.) (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, July 2011) *GERD 2002 (instead 2007) ** no GERD data available Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

7 Workshop in Singapore, June 2014 with participants from IND, MAL, TL, VN Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

8 Implementation: Action plan Pilot activities with additional countries in the Asia-Pacific region a. Preparatory and exploratory activities ( ) b. Joint pilot activities ( ) Target groups: scientists, research administrators and policy-makers Instruments: Small grants -> three calls for seed money projects 2014, 2015, 2016 exploratory missions -> Malaysia 2014, Vietnam 2016 high-level visits -> Vietnam 2014, Indonesia 2016 short course for science administrators -> Olten, May 2016 Workshop with research agencies, Singapore, Nov 2016 c. Evaluation of the experiences, report to SERI Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

9 Three calls for seed money projects Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam Candidates for expansion (call 2015) Vietnam Malaysia Thailand Indonesia Philippines Bangladesh Nepal Pakistan Myanmar Mongolia Cambodia Papua New Guniea Laos Bhutan Afghanistan accepted / accepted / accepted / accepted / Country total 2014 total 2015 total 2016 total other countries 9 / 23 9 / 23 5 selected countries 19 / / / / 152 all countries 20 / / 175 accepted 2014 accepted 2015 accepted 2016 rejected 2014 rejected 2015 rejected 2016 Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

10 Rationale for selection of IND, MAL, PHIL, TL, VN Intensity of existing research contacts (>20 Swiss institutions) Geographic homogeneity Political integration (ASEAN) Potential for regional collaboration Indonesia Malaysia Thailand The Philippines Vietnam Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

11 Workshop with research agencies from IND, MAL, PHIL, TL, VN Rationale Research agencies and science administrators are key contacts for international relations at institutional level. ERI systems are complex interactions between national / subnational agencies, HEI, funding bodies, and individual researchers. Decision responsibilities and processes are country and institution-specific. Strengthening bilateral collaboration requires mutual understanding of ERI systems, structures and processes. Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

12 Workshop with research agencies from IND, MAL, PHIL, TL, VN Goals and objectives Goal Intensify the scientific collaboration with Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam Explore the potential for expanding bilateral and multilateral collaboration Objectives Gain mutual understanding of actors and decision-making mechanisms Connect relevant agencies and ministries Identify promising models of institutional collaboration Find avenues for bilateral and multilateral collaboration and joint funding mechanisms Learn how multilateral collaboration supports national programmes and vice versa Align bilateral instruments with policies for regional integration Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

13 Workshop with research agencies from IND, MAL, PHIL, TL, VN Programme structure National policies and practices WED Session I The Swiss ERI system and instruments for collaboration WED Session II National policies and funding mechanisms in MAL, IND, TL, PHIL, VN Regional approaches WED Session III Case studies between Swiss and SE Asian partners THU Session I / Excursion Learning from Singapore THU Session I / II Regional programmes Networking THU Session III Exchange of experiences in working groups WED- THU Meals and breaks Exchange of experiences in informal interaction Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

14 Workshop with research agencies from IND, MAL, PHIL, TL, VN Expectations Nucleus of regional network Elements for planning phase Indications of potential commitments and instruments Institutional National Regional Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

15 I look forward to inspiring discussions! Workshop, Singapore, Nov 2-3,

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