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Memorandum of Understanding

Before the original agreement expired in March 1999, the MOU was amended and renewed by the eight -member signatory universities until 4 March 2005. Following is the full text of the Agreement.

Agreement For Academic Exchange And Cooperation


The University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
The University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia
Ateneo De Manila University, Quezon City, The Philippines
The University of The Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines
Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand


To provide human resources, capability development, and to strengthen networking between Southeast Asian Universities, the parties join in the following Agreement for Academic Exchange and Cooperation in furtherance of their mutual interests to nurture Southeast Asian Studies that view Southeast Asia as a region.


Within the field of Southeast Asian Studies, the following forms of cooperation among the Parties will be pursued:

(a) exchange and training of faculty/staff/students from the respective institutions;
(b) post-graduate research projects;
(c) exchange of published academic materials; and
(d) provision of facilities for faculty/staff/students of the respective institutions to learn Southeast Asian languages and other languages for research purposes.


The activities under this Agreement will be as follows:

(a) Faculty and/or Staff Exchange

Faculty and/or staff exchange covers visits to either institution for the following purpose(s):

(i) study tours
(ii) undergraduate teaching
(iii) supervision of post-graduate student(s)
(iv) research
(v) participation in seminars, colloquia, academic discussions, etc.
(vi) learning, and/or conducting lessons in Southeast Asian Languages or other languages deemed relevant for research

(b) Student Exchange

(i) seminar(s) in the fields of social science and humanities of each country
(ii) undergraduate and post-graduate research
(iii) learning Southeast Asian languages or other languages deemed relevant for research

(c) Exchange of Academic Materials

Exchange of relevant published academic materials will be carried out.

(d) Training Facilities

Subject to mutual agreement, the institutions shall make available to each participating institution the following:

(i) physical facilities; and

(ii) services of instructors to teach Southeast Asian languages or other languages deemed relevant for research to staff and/or students.

(e) Conferences and Workshops

Regional and other conferences may be conducted for the purpose of promoting Southeast Asian studies.


Each university shall designate its own official to serve as liaison officer for this particular Agreement.


All individuals on exchange under this Agreement will be subject to the laws of the host country and legislation, in whatever form, governing the affairs of the host institution.


This Agreement may be amended at any time by mutual consent through an exchange of letters by authorized officials of all the Parties herein. Any relevant or associated matter not agreed upon may be negotiated among the Parties.


This Agreement shall be for six (6) years, to commence on the date of completion of the signatures of all parties. It shall be reviewed yearly and negotiated periodically. Any party, however, may terminate this Agreement by official written notification, which notice of termination must be received by the other parties not later than ninety (90) days before the proposed date of termination.

This Agreement may be renewed for a like period upon mutual agreement of the Parties.


In the event that this Agreement will be terminated before the six (6) year period has lapsed, the Parties shall see to it that students and faculty already in the exchange program shall not be prejudiced by said termination.

Hereupon, the signatures of the representatives of all the Parties will follow in the hope of promoting mutual friendship.

Signed by:

Prof. Dr. Ir. Asman Boedisantoso, Rector, University of Indonesia
Prof. Dr. Ichlasul Amal, Rector, Gadjah Mada University
Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Haj Abdullah Sanusi Ahmad, Vice Chancellor, University of Malaya
Prof. Datuk Dr. Anuwar Ali, Vice Chancellor, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
Fr. Bienvenido F. Nebres, S.J, President, Ateneo De Manila University
Dr. Claro T. Llaguno, Chancellor, University of the Philippines
Prof. Dr. Pranee Kullavanijaya, Vice President, Chulalongkorn University
Dr. Naris Chaiyasoot, Rector, Thammasat University

4 March 1999

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