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New SIX project: Developing social innovation units in South East Asia

Published Date: 11 January 2017

We are happy to announce the start of SEASIN, a project funded by the EC's Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by Glasgow Caledonian University, which will develop a network of South East Asian universities that are supporting social innovation in the communities around them. 

What is SEASIN project?
SEASIN aims to effectively support and promote social innovation as a means to achieve sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth, social cohesion and equity in South East Asia, through intercultural, curricular and extracurricular activities. It will achieve this by establishing Social Innovation Support Units (SISU) within the Partner Countries to promote and support University-social enterprise cooperation, social entrepreneurship and graduate employability with a particular emphasis on social innovation projects, incubation and training. A range of learning and teaching tools will be developed, at a formal level through the development of a doctoral programme and more informally through CPD training of stakeholders in social innovation as well as through books and reports and a social innovation platform – a virtual space for sharing social innovation practices and learning outcomes. The project will establish international cooperation and internationalisation through a network of SISUs across the region introducing a training, mentoring and transfer scheme to ensure that there is an effective roll-out of the scheme beyond the original partnership. In addition, the project will specifically aim to involve local communities and in particular disadvantaged groups to give them access to University facilities and strengthen the ties between HEIs and their local social environment. There are at least two partners representing each Partner country, at least one HEI and one social enterprise experienced at delivering social innovation training and other initiatives. The EU Partners have a wide experience of delivering international innovation projects and embedding social innovative initiatives within their own institutions.

Background
The SEASIN project directly responds to the societal challenges of South East Asian society by harnessing
the knowledge of Universities to directly contribute, not only to increasing socioeconomic growth but
also to improve social cohesion and equity, through social innovation. This need was echoed at the
ASEAN Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (Singapore, October 30 2014) where over 80 policy makers and
representatives of non-profit organisations from ASEAN Member States discussed the role of social
entrepreneurship and shared good practices and views on developing social innovation.

SEASIN Partner countries
The four Asian partner countries involved in this project are Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. We are also working with partners in the UK, Spain and Portugal. 

If you want to find out more about this project, please contact So Jung at sojung.rim@socialinnovationexchange.org