Asean, US launch 3rd batch of visiting scholars

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The visiting scholars, representing all 10 Asean Members States, will join a distinguished group of Fulbright alumni and conduct research in the United States

The visiting scholars, representing all 10 Asean Members States, will join a distinguished group of Fulbright alumni and conduct research in the United States

ASEAN and the United States announced 10 new visiting scholars selected through the Fulbright US-Asean Initiative. The visiting scholars, representing all 10 Asean Members States, will join a distinguished group of Fulbright alumni and conduct research in the United States for up to four months on a range of topics, including entomology, human rights, technology and innovation, sustainable development, climate change, and international law.

Deputy Secretary-General of Asean for Political-Security Community V. P. Hirubalan, congratulated the recipients and said, “This program will certainly go a long way in enhancing educational opportunities for Asean scholars.”

At the launch event at the Asean Secretariat, Ambassador Nina Hachigian highlighted that the Fulbright US-Asean Visiting Scholars program specifically aims to increase regional collaboration and partners with Asean to further the mutual goal of a people-centered region.

Candidates submitted applications under the Fulbright US-Asean Visiting Scholars Initiative on research projects that are central to the US-Asean Visiting Scholars relationship. A review panel that included officials from the US Mission to Asean, the Asean Committee of Permanent Representatives, and the Asean Secretariat, made recommendations to the presidentially-appointed J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for consideration.


The Fulbright Asean Initiative was announced by then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012 and marked over 35 years of friendship and cooperation between Asean and the United States.

This year’s scholars are: Dr. Tiong Hoo Lim, Senior Lecturer at Institut Teknologi Brunei; Sophany Phauk, Faculty Member at Royal University of Phenom Pehn, Cambodia; Dr. Abubakar Hara, Senior Lecturer at the University of Jember, Indonesia; Souksamone Pathammavong, Director at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR; Mazlan Othman, Project Director at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia; Toe Toe Aung, Staff Officer at the Ministry of Environment Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar; May O. Lwin, Associate Dean & Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Dr. Suvaluck Satumanatpan, Associate Professor at Mahidol University, Thailand; Dung Pham, Dean at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam; and Leslie Lopez, Research Associate Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines.

For more information about the US Mission to Asean, please visit our website at asean.usmission.gov or email at usaseanpress@state.gov.

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