28.03.2019 16:57 Age: 83 days

Annual General Meeting 2019: From An OCEANS Member's Perspective

By Uswa Alhamid  



At last, this year's Annual General Meeting (AGM) of OCEANS took place in the ASEAN region for the first time. Hosted and supported by Chulalongkorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand, the event was held on 1-3 March 2019.


This year's AGM brought together 30 OCEANS Member from all over the world and captured a three-day programme of presentations, panel discussions, and interactive dialogues to discuss relevant topics and future developments of the organization.


During the three days, discussions with external stakeholders such as EU Delegation, Representative of a local university and United Nations ESCAP focussed on the topic “Inclusive globalization and the challenges it faces: what the EU and ASEAN can do to address this topic”.


It also provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further collaboration among OCEANS members in different project and countries. The conference began with opening remarks by Scott Darby: President of OCEANS 2018/2019 and Michael Goulão: Community Manager of OCEANS.


It continued with the keynote presentation by Mr. Jerome Pons, Head of Cooperation; EU-Delegation to Thailand. It concluded with a set of presentations describing cooperation in trade and investment between the European Union and ASEAN.


"We have some priority issues in ASEAN includes security, social and economic and we actively invest in it," he said. Followed by Dr. Mia Mikic, Director of Trade, Investment and Innovation Division at United Nations ESCAP. She explained about recent trends in Asia-Pacific trade and investment and also covering China’s role in trade in Asia and Pacific Region.


The next session was a Panel discussion with OCEANS Representative, Director CES, and Jean Monnet Chair Chulalongkorn University; Dr. Natthanan Kunnamas and Resident Director for University Studies Abroad Consortium; Dr.Chaidarun "Jum" Tippawan. They shared relevant stories related to what the student exchange faced and the challenges in this globalization era, then shared suggestions to develop OCEANS network and further collaboration.


While the first day was focus on external relation, second day and third day were more focussed on internal member activities.


During the second day, there were several activities included appointment ceremony for Jungyoon Guni Han and Giulia Barbero, the Newly elected President and Vice-President of OCEANS. Presentation by EMA and ESAA Representatives related to ESAA Projects and how to meet the requirements of the project's call application. The day continued with discussion on different working groups within OCEANS. Different working groups with selected liaisons presented what has been done and what favor was needed. The working groups included External Relations, Community Development, Internal structure, Communication, and Digital Development.


On the last day, every working group initiated, developed their own projects with the team members and presented a project to be implemented in the future.


The Annual General Meeting of OCEANS was not just presentation, interactive dialogue, and panel discussion, but we also had social events after the meetings. We enjoyed Thailand’s culture and culinary while exploring the town.


In Summary, the AGM was a great success. By meeting with our diverse members and discussing important issues for the future development of OCEANS, we were able to take further steps toward making OCEANS a truly global network.


In the coming years, we are excited to support OCEANS members to collaborate on implementing projects around the world.


"Unity is strength, when there is teamwork and collaborations, wonderful thing can be achieved." -Mattie Stepanek