Students Engagement Program
About Students Engagement Program
SEAOHUN Students Engagement Program encourages students across its member Universities to practice applying One Health concept and approach in addressing One Health issues. SEAOHUN organizes regional students’ activities where students across disciplines and countries can interact and develop technical and soft skills, including infectious diseases, zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, all of which are essential to solving complex health challenges. These activities include producing posters, videos, and arts to raise awareness of One Health in their communities.
The Student Engagement Program aims to foster the young professionals from multidisciplinary background to learn and apply the One Health concept to stimulate the good practices in the communities.
SEAOHUN 2022 Student Summit: Fostering One Health Leaders
The SEAOHUN 2022 Student Summit (3-5 September 2022), one of the preceding events of SEAOHUN 2022 International Conference was hosted by Kasetsart University (KU), Kamphaeng Saen campus, in collaboration with Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN), and with the support from Chevron through the Strengthening One Health Education in Southeast Asia project. With the theme of “Fostering One Health Leaders”, the summit brought together a total of 41 participants (34 students and 7 faculty advisors) from different One Health disciplines from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
“Amazing experience with students from a variety of cultures and professions. Received theoretical information and also real-world experiences. We improved our One-Health core competencies through fun and inspiring activities.
Definitely my pleasure and honor to participate in this event.”
– Ms. Stephanie Chou, Student, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan.
On the afternoon of 3 September, ice-breaking activities (fun marshmallow tower building challenge), One Health introduction lectures and case-based problem-solving exercises were organized to warm up students for the following two days. The welcome dinner followed later that night, showcasing a Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) special performance from KU students and cultural exchange performances from the eight country teams, bringing the students closer with colorful traditional dances and songs.
The summit was officially opened on 4 September with warm welcome remarks from representatives of host and partner organizations, accompanied by graceful Thai Cultural dance performances from KU students. On that day, the students were mixed into four
groups, joining field visits to four local farms with respective group assignments of on-site learning. Each group visited one plant farm (tomato or orchid) and one aquaculture farm (shrimp or goldfish). The students gained practical knowledge by learning the production
process (plant farms), identifying possible risks and food security issues (aquaculture farms) from a One Health perspective.
“The Student Summit bridges the students throughout Asia to exchange their experiences and cultures while creates the next generation of One Health workforce. These students will protect our world from future pandemic threats”
- Dr. Terdsak Yano, Faculty Advisor, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.
On the last day, the students displayed their excellent teamwork through group presentations of their field visit experiences by applying the theoretical and practical One Health knowledge gained during the last two days. The presentations were followed by discussions and valuable feedback from lecturers and facilitators of THOHUN before wrapping up with the certificate awarding ceremony.
The in-person event was filled with fun activities of team building exercises, interactive learning at the campus as well as practical field visits to local farms. The students had the opportunity to learn and expand their knowledge in technical and soft skills, including
systems thinking and communications. Despite the language and cultural boundaries, the students from different parts of the region bonded in no time while working together, learning each other’s cultures, building friendships and strengthening their professional networks. Hosting these events is an essential part of SEAOHUN’s student engagement work to foster students in our region to become future One Health Leaders.
To view and download photo: https://photos.seaohun.org/SEAOHUN2022StudentSummit
Our History of Successful
Regional Students Competitions
For the second year, “SEAOHUN 2021 Regional Students’ Competition: Risk of Zoonotic Diseases” was held with the aim to foster the young professionals from multidisciplinary background to learn and apply the One Health concept to stimulate the good practices in the communities. This competition was funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Chevron as a co-sponsor. This competition acted as an opportunity for the students of SEAOHUN member countries to utilize their creative skills (soft skill) and technical knowledge (hard skill) to communicate to the public about the risk of Zoonotic diseases. Over 200 students joined with 52 submissions received from seven SEAOHUN member countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). The competition ended up with achieving one award per country and recognized six runners up, yielding so many interesting and well-made entries with a very successful public selection.
“I'm so very happy to join the SEAOHUN in the video competition, that was a new experience for me to create the video for raising awareness for people to understand the Risk of Zoonotic Disease… my team members [and I] learned a lot from making the video, especially about teamwork… we always motivate each other and keep working together during the pandemic. Finally, I thank you for creating this program that is an opportunity for youth to learn from each other and we contribute to helping our society or community.” -
A student who joined the SEAOHUN 2021 Regional Students’ Competition
In 2020, there was poster and video competition of “Covid-19 Digital Awareness Challenge” aimed at engaging Southeast Asian students in educating their communities about COVID-19 and promoting risk-reducing behavior through digital platforms. The activity was supported by the USAID One Health Workforce Next Generation (OHW-NG) project. Over 200 students across six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam) submitted 110 posters, flyers, and videos to raise awareness of their communities on COVID-19. From there, 4 winners; 2 for videos and 2 for posters were identified who created the best original, creative and informative products.