Upcoming events

Health: Postgraduate Seminar


When: 4 May 2016, 12.30 - 14.00
Where: History Room S223, Quadrangle Building

Join SSEAC's Postgraduate Community for a bite to eat and an engaging seminar on health issues in Southeast Asia. Hear from:

Presenter: Jessica Hall
Determinants of Maternal and Child Nutrition in Lao PDR

Presenter: Nurul Praharso
Mental Health Literacy and Evidence Based Practice in Mental Health Among Health Practitioners in Indonesia

Presenter: Dr Myat (Crystal) Pan Hmone
Mobile Phone Short Messages to Improve Breastfeedin Practices: A Study Protocol for a Randomized Controlled Trial (M528) in Yangon, Myanmar


Please confirm your attendance for catering purposes by registering through Eventbrite.

New Colombo Plan: Asia as a Space for Transformative Learning


When: 11 May 2016, 14.00 - 15.30
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35

Co-hosted by the Comparative and International Education Research Network of the Faculty of Education and Social Work

Outbound student mobility has been promoted by universities worldwide as a strategic internationalisation initiative to enhance students’ intercultural skills, global outlooks, international experience and employability. The New Colombo Plan program established in 2014 is a major mobility initiative of the government, contributing to the recent remarkable growth of Australia’s outbound mobility. It is expected that by the end of 2016, the New Colombo Plan supports more than 10,000 Australian students to study and undertake work placements in the Indo Pacific region (DFAT, 2016). The New Colombo Plan plays a crucial role in shifting Asia from being a non-traditional to an emergent major destination for Australian students. The presentation focuses on how Asia represents not only as an opportunity for Australian students to engage in response to a temporal need with regard to their program of study but importantly as a potential space for them to transform their present and future beings.

Ly Tran is a senior lecturer in the School of Education, Deakin University and an Australian Research Council DECRA fellow. Ly’s research and publications focus on student mobility, pedagogy and curriculum in international education and Vietnamese higher education.


Please confirm your attendance by emailing Dr Yeow Tong Chia at

Innovative Teaching on Southeast Asia

Policy Roundtable

When: 13 May 2016
Where: The Cullen Room, Holme Building

The Innovative Teaching on Southeast Asia policy roundtable is bringing together academics and educators who are passionate about teaching, to talk about new and exciting ways to deliver content and enhance students' experiences of Southeast Asia.

The policy roundtable will incorporate short presentations from academics, as well as time for discussion and engagement. In talking to colleagues and peers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, the event will give attendees an opportunity to workshop and share ideas, as well as hear about others' experiences.

Register to participate

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Politics, Democracy and Stability in Southeast Asia: Exploring the Implications of the 2016 Philippine Elections

Sydney Ideas Forum

When: 25 May 2016, 17.30 - 19.30
Where: Philosophy Room, The Quadrangle

Co-presented with the Sydney Democracy Network

The panel discussion explores the implications of the currently unfolding 2016 Philippine elections on the changing political and democratic landscape in the Southeast Asian region.

Southeast Asia, Australia's closest regional neighbour, currently is in a state of rapid political, economic and social transformation. Individual countries in this culturally, politically and economically diverse region are presently experiencing momentous change. The smaller economics of Timor Leste and Myanmar are in the midst of historic economic and democratic transitions, while the larger economies of Indonesia, Singapore and Vietnam forge ahead in testing and exploring their economic and political leadership roles within the region and on the world stage.

Significant change is also occurring at the regional level. Southeast Asia has had a strong history of regional cooperation through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the region has taken a step further towards closer integration with the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community, the ASEAN common market, in 2015. However, while closer regional integration tends to signal lower political and economic volatility, overall regional stability depends to a large extent on the stability of individual member states.

The Philippines is the third largest economy, and has the second largest population in the region. It has played a historic role in political leadership as one of the founding countries of ASEAN, and it is also highly regarded as a leader for democracy in the region with the success of its 1986 People Power Revolution. The Philippines is set to assume the chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017, at a critical time in the region's history. How will the outcome of the 2016 elections make an impact on political dynamics, the nature of democracy and overall stability both in the country and in Southeast Asia?

Chaired by Dr Sandra Seno Alday, the University of Sydney Business School.

For the full abstracts and speakers biographies, see the Sydney Ideas website.


Free event with online registration required.