23.10.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

International Workshop on Promoting Biotechnology Education, Research and Knowledge Transfer in Asia and the Pacific

International Workshop on Promoting Biotechnology Education, Research and Knowledge Transfer in Asia and the Pacific

On 15th and 16th October 2017, UNESCO – through its Regional Sciences Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and supported by its office in New Delhi-, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology under the auspices of UNESCO and the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of UNESCAP hold the International workshop on “Promoting Biotechnology Education, Research and Knowledge Transfer in Asia and the Pacific”.

Thirty five biotechnologists and related field experts discussed about the success of the UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia programme supported by the Japanese Funds-In-Trust. This programme is the third phase of a long lasting support from the Japanese government in developing the field of biotechnology capacity building in the region. It started with the UNESCO International Postgraduate University Course in Microbiology (1973 – 2003) followed by the UNESCO  Postgraduate Inter-University Course in Biotechnology (2004 – 2007) and then after a series of UNESCO Conferences (Bangkok, Hanoi, Manila, Yogyakarta, Bangkok) to design new program (2008 – 2011), the UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia started in 2012 and yielded three cohorts of Master graduates (32) from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The total number of alumni for this past 40 years of programme reaches 676 over 19 countries in the region.

The workshop was the occasion to reflect back on long term programme and discuss how to move forward with a new stakeholders, especially including South Asia.

The main objective of this two days workshop is to:

  • report and formalise the lessons learnt on the institutional mechanisms required for the successful establishment of a regional platform of national consortia of biotechnology universities in the Asia and the Pacific region and
  • identify the remaining gaps and challenges to deliver in the field of Biotechnology, Agenda 2030 in Asia and the Pacific region with the “New Delhi Recommendations for Biotechnology challenges to deliver Agenda 2030 in Asia and the Pacific region 16 October 2017, Faridabad, India”.


Further information:
http://jfit-for-science.asia/final-dissemination-workshop-for-unesco-biotechnology-school-in-asia/

Contact : Dr Ai Sugiura a.sugiura(at)unesco.org 




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