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Background



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:

- to contribute towards efforts in promoting the overall development of university physics education in the Asian region.

- to establish a programme of cooperation amongst members in physics education and related areas.

- to establish effective channels of communication.

- to disseminate information on physics education and related ideas.


AsPEN's activities essentially fall into three categories:

- AsPEN organizes conferences or workshops in different member countries. These are either nationl, international or regional. Funding for these meetings come mainly from UNESCO, local sources, ICTP and COSTED.

- AsPEN has always considered it important to develop concrete projects so as to complement activities concerned with
training. These projects may be on equipment development, curriculum development, research and evaluation on a regional, national or international level.

- AsPEN aims to disseminate information on university physics education among member nations through its network of National-Points-of-Contact(NPC). Dissemination of intormation is via the AsPEN NPC internet listserver, www homepage, journal, books, meetings and newsletters.


Network Structure

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
and COSTED.

The Board makes decisions on network activities based on proposals forwarded by members. The Executive Secretary is responsible for the implementation of activities.

 

 

Aspen is a regional cooperative program
supported by UNESCO


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