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Monthly Report No.21 (Mar. 30, 2011)

Dear AC21 Members,

In light of the recent event of natural disasters here in Japan last week, we wanted to reassure our members and partners that Nagoya University and the surrounding areas were spared of any damage from the earthquake and tsunami.  However, we were all shaken up by the horrific events.  We are doing all we can to support our Northern compatriots and ask for your continued support during this difficult time.

In spite of these events, all AC21 scheduled events such as the AC21 Student World Forum and the Steering Committee Meeting will continue as planned, as will the scheduled visit to Stellenbosch University in late March.

Preparations for the 4th AC21 Student World Forum at Chulalongkorn University are proceeding very well.  At this point, almost 40 students from 16 AC21 member universities are planning to attend the forum and will be joining approximately 30 local students from Thailand.  We are looking forward to a very dynamic and international presence from our members students.  Delegations from Tongji University, the hosts for the 2013 student World Forum will also be in attendance as special observers.

The 9th AC21 Steering Committee Meeting, also being held this year at Chulalongkorn, is shaping up to be a very active event.  At present, we have all Steering Committee members scheduled to be in attendance, as well as observer delegations from our STC co-hosts, Kasetsart University, our newest members, University of Minnesota, Stellenbosch University and Strasbourg University, as well as Tongji University, Gadja Mada University and Northeastern University for a total of 25 participants.  We hope that this year’s steering committee meeting will be as vibrant and lively as in previous years.

As mentioned previously, not only Steering Committee Members, but all General Assembly members are invited to join this year as observers.  Benefits include observing the opening of the Student World Forum, as well as personal tours and special presentations by two of our Thai member universities, Chulalongkorn and Kasetsart.  We hope that you will consider taking advantage of this special opportunity to meet two of our long term members in their own home territory.

I am also re-attaching the Postal Vote sent out late last year to allow all members another chance to respond.  The results of this questionnaire will be discussed at the Steering Committee Meeting so we hope to have as many responses as possible in order to improve the AC21 and its activities.

We also have a special announcement from Chemnitz University of Technology to all of our members.  Chemnitz is planning to hold its annual NAFSA Breakfast Meeting at this year’s 2011 NAFSA event in Vancouver, Canada.  The breakfast is planned for June 1st, 2011.  Details will be announced as the date approaches.  Be sure to mark your calendar with this important date.

The AC21 Secretariat General will also be travelling this year to attend Stellenbosch University’s “Stellenbosch International Network Symposium” (SINS) in order to learn more about one of our newest members and increase opportunities for future collaborative events.  Please let us know if you plan to attend this event and we will be sure to arrange an impromptu AC21 meeting in South Africa.

Thank you once again and I look forward to welcoming you, along with our Thai members, in Bangkok in May.


Sheri Love Yasue
AC21 Project Coordinator