AsPEN was establislied in 1981, as a result of the recommendations of the UNESCO Consultative Committee Meeting held in Khon Kaen, Thailand. This meeting, held in conjunction with a regional conference on Methods of Teaching was attended by representatives from Afghanistan, Australia, People's Republic of China, India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, USSR and Thailand. It was unanimously agreed in the meeting that a program of cooperation in the field of university physics teaching was an urgent priority for the Asian region. Such a network would provide considerable benefit to all involved. The Asian Physics Education Network (AsPEN) was formed as an outcome of this meeting.
AsPEN has four primary objectives. These being:
The network is based on the principle of self help and mutual ooperation. The organisational structure allows members to contribute as best as they can, and to seek assistance directly from other members and other institutions in other countries.
AsPEN operates through
a network of National Points-of-Contact (NPC), normally nominated by UNESCO's
National Commissions. The network collaborates closely with the UNESCO
Division of Scientific Research and Higher Education in Paris, France;
the International Centre for Theoretical Physics inTrieste, ltaly; the
UNESCO Regional Office of Science and Technology for South East Asia in
Jakarta, Indonesia; the UNESCO Regional Office of Sciende and Technology
for South and Central Asia in New Delhi, India; and COSTED.A Coordinating
Board headed by a Chairman and Vice-Chairman, consists of NPCs of seven
member countries, UNESCO
The Board makes decisions on network activities based on proposals forwarded by members. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the implementation of activities.
is a regional cooperative program