The start of the year 2017 marks an eventful occasion with the official opening of the newly formed Secretariat of the Asean University Network centered on Disability and Public policy (AUN-DPPnet). Hosted by the Faculty of Built Environment, the secretariat serves a network of ASEAN universities in generating public policies that focus on the dignity of persons with disabilities, with equitable access to development processes and programs. It hopes to achieve new strides in legislation for the meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in mainstream society, in turn supporting ASEAN societies towards the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), and the Incheon-Strate.
DPPnet aims to contribute to human resource development in ASEAN by building a cadre of disability policy leaders who can help facilitate the vision of an ASEAN that is inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based, and who are trained and empowered to shape the policies that directly affect persons with disabilities throughout ASEAN and around the world. The 12th thematic network is supported financially by The Nippon Foundation of Japan AUN.
Recently a call has been made for eligible applicants to apply for Postgraduate Scholarships on Public Policy programs for the 2017/2018 intake. The scholarship covers tuition fees, monthly stipend amounting to USD 700, associated allowances and flight ticket. The scholarship will support successful applicants who are pursuing Master in Public Policy or other related programs at selected institutions within the ASEAN University Networks.