Fifth Executive Forum on Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia
20–24 January 2014
Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia
Program Background and Rationale
From 1993 to 2003, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) conducted the Advanced Higher Education Administrator Development (AHEAD) Course for 937 executives and potential executives of higher education institutions, most of which were offering agricultural programs in the Southeast Asian region. Aptly named, AHEAD was undertaken so that Southeast Asian higher education administrators would not lag behind their counterpart institutions in other areas of the world.
In May 2009, SEARCA piloted the enhanced version of the AHEAD program, called Leadership Excellence in Academe Program for Southeast Asia (LEAP SEA), in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Management, SEAMEO Regional Center for Higher Education (RIHED), University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), Asian Association of Agriculture Colleges and Universities (AAACU), and SEAMEO Secretariat (SEAMES). The second offering of the LEAP SEA Executive Forum took place in Bogor, Indonesia in July 2010, with the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Tropical Biology (SEAMEO BIOTROP) as co-organizer and host. Its third run took place in March 2012 at SEARCA. The fourth LEAP SEA was co-organized with and implemented at Maejo University in Chiang Mai, Thailand on 21-25 January 2013.
Fourteen higher education administrators from five Southeast Asian countries participated in the LEAP SEA pilot executive forum; 22 from seven countries participated in the second offering; 17 from seven countries participated in the third offering; and 14 participants plus 2 observers from seven countries participated in the fourth offering. The fifth LEAP SEA offering will also be a regional forum. It will accommodate up to 25 participants from SEAMEO member countries.
LEAP SEA recognizes that the greater proportion of executives of higher education institutions in the region, having had ample experience in academic administration, actually just need updated information about the management of higher education in agriculture. On the other hand, academic administrations periodically take a change in hands, as younger faculty members gain experience and academic credentials and are appointed to such executive positions. Also, the amount of new information that academic administrators, particularly of colleges and universities, may need to know increases rapidly over time.