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Students Engagement Program

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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.

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Program Objective

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 2024 REGIONAL STUDENT

VIDEO COMPETITION

Inspiring Action for Wildlife Conservation, Zoonotic Disease Prevention, and One Health

Globally, ecosystems face significant threats from human activities, such as deforestation, habitat destruction, and pollution. These activities not only contribute to the loss of biodiversity but also facilitate the transmission of zoonotic diseases by disrupting natural habitats and increasing human-wildlife interactions. The urgency of addressing wildlife conservation and preventing zoonotic diseases is paramount. Coordinated efforts are essential to protect our planet's rich biodiversity, mitigate the spread of zoonotic diseases, and promote the principles of One Health. The importance of wildlife conservation, biodiversity preservation, and zoonotic disease prevention cannot be overstated.

 

In this context, SEAOHUN recognizes the crucial role that undergraduate students can play in driving positive change. The Regional Student Competition seeks to harness the creativity, passion, and ingenuity of undergraduate students across Southeast Asia and beyond. By empowering students to develop innovative solutions for wildlife conservation and zoonotic disease prevention, SEAOHUN aims to foster a culture of One Health and proactive environmental action. This competition provides a platform for students to contribute meaningfully to public awareness and the implementation of effective strategies to address these critical issues.

  

Objectives

 

  • Raise awareness about the importance of wildlife conservation and zoonotic disease prevention.

  • Cultivate creativity, teamwork, and effective communication skills among participants.

  • Provide a platform for students to contribute to public awareness efforts on wildlife conservation and zoonotic disease prevention.

 

 

Eligibility Criteria

 

  • Faculty mentors must be affiliated with One Health University Network member universities within the SEAOHUN network (list provided). Undergraduate students from Brunei Darussalam, Bangladesh, India, and Singapore may work with a faculty mentor from their own university.

  • Each team can submit only one entry.

 

Theme and Topics

 

The competition theme for this year is: "Inspiring Action for Wildlife Conservation, Zoonotic Disease Prevention, and One Health"

 

Focus Areas for Video Entries:

 

  • Wildlife Wonders: Capturing the awe-inspiring beauty and incredible diversity of local species in their natural habitats, while emphasizing the interconnectedness of ecosystems and human health through the lens of One Health.

  • Human-Wildlife Connections: Exploring the complex interplay between human activities and wildlife health, particularly in the context of zoonotic disease transmission, and highlighting the importance of One Health in understanding and mitigating these interactions.

  • Conservation Chronicles: Showcasing impactful actions and initiatives that promote the principles of One Health by simultaneously advancing wildlife conservation efforts and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases.

 

Prizes

 

  1. Each winning team from participating countries (consisting of 4 students) will receive a Travel Award to attend the SEAOHUN 2024 Student Summit that will be conducted in Malaysia.

  2. A winner certificate for each member and faculty mentor.

Key Dates

Registration for the competition webinar: Fourth week of May 2024

Submission deadline extended: June 23, 2024 (11.45 pm (ICT))

Winners Announcement: Second week of July

Our History of Successful
Regional Students Competitions

2023

SEAOHUN, in partnership with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted its exciting fourth annual regional student competition focused on Biosafety and Biosecurity. Themed "Protecting Lives: Promoting Biosafety and Biosecurity," this competition invited students to design eye-catching infographic posters. A total of 39 teams, comprising 195 students from six SEAOHUN member countries—Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—participated in the challenge. Each team, made up of four students and a faculty mentor, collaborated to create an informative and engaging poster. 

 

The competition awarded top honors to the best three posters among the country-winning teams. The "Sinukuan Gazette" team from the Philippines took first place, followed by Cambodia's "Sunshines" in second place, and Thailand's "The Better World" in third. The 12 students from these winning teams earned a spot in a four-day "Biosafety and Biosecurity" training program in Malaysia, held from December 3-5, 2023. Additionally, the competition featured a 24-hour online voting session on social media, allowing the public to choose their favorite posters from the country winners. "The Better World"(right) from Thailand won the "Public Pick Award" with 1,765 votes, followed by Indonesia's "Ksatria Airlangga" with 979 votes, and Cambodia's "Sunshines" with 665 votes.

This year's competition showcased the creativity and commitment of students across Southeast Asia, highlighting the crucial role of biosafety and biosecurity in protecting lives.

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2022

SEAOHUN marked World Antimicrobial Awareness Week in November 2022 with its 3rd Annual Regional Student Competition, partnered with USAID One Health Workforce – Next Generation (OHW-NG) consortium, Zoetis, and Pfizer. Undergraduate teams from SEAOHUN nations crafted digital and non-digital art to creatively communicate the urgency of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) to the public. The event commenced on September 21, 2022, accompanied by a webinar titled "Communicating the Impact of AMR through Art" on September 26, 2022, where OHW-NG speakers shed light on AMR and blending science with art. Participation from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam yielded 58 thought-provoking art pieces, reinforcing the idea that "a picture is worth a thousand words." SEAOHUN applauds partners USAID, Zoetis, and Pfizer for contributing to the success of the SEAOHUN 2022 Regional Student Competition. This initiative not only amplified AMR awareness but also nurtured cross-disciplinary skills among emerging professionals, empowering them to advocate One Health principles in their communities.

“Using Art is such amazing and fun idea to raise AMR awareness in creative way. The webinar also provided the knowledge and information of AMR and tips for drawing. I learned that messages conveyed in the form of art can educate the non-scientific community effectively and easily. Through this competition, I gained a lot of new experiences by working as a team, generating scientific ideas and converting into artwork.” – Rachana Dorn, Whale Team, Cambodia

2021

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.

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“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

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2020

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.

Our Students Stories

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