ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund Project Team
For the purpose of promoting cooperation within the ASEAN region and between Korea and ASEAN,
the APWINC has conducted various projects for development cooperation, technology transfer,
human resources development and exchange, cultural and academic exchange, etc., with the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation fund.
In 2009, the APWINC carried out the project “Development and Implementation of an ICT Training Tool for Improving the Standards of Living of Rural Women” in collaboration with ITU (The International Telecommunications Union), targeting the Philippines and Bhutan. Given the positive outcomes of the project, and particularly in light of regional distinctions, there was a call to extend the initiative. Subsequently, in 2010, the APWINC, in conjunction with ITU, proposed the project to the ASEAN-Korea Cooperation Fund in partnership, aiming to broaden the scope of the initial project to include ASEAN nations, and the project has been implemented.
The empowerment of micro-, small- & medium-sized enterprise (MSMEs) owners, who play a pivotal role in the ASEAN economy, is an important factor in ASEAN's economic development, especially in the era of digital transformation.
As part of the Korea-ASEAN Cooperation Fund, the APWINC is implementing the "Five-Year Project of 'Enhancing Digital Economy Participation for ASEAN Women MSMEs" from 2022 to support ASEAN women and strengthen their digital skills and e-business capabilities.
- Reinforce e-Business Capacity of ASEAN Women-owned MSMEs
- Contribute to revitalizing the ASEAN regional economy
- Strengthen the relationship between the ASEAN region and the Republic of Korea
- ASEAN women’s economic empowerment through digital skills and e-business education
- Program development of ICT and e-business education for women in libraries of ASEAN member states
- Localizing training contents and developing training programs
- Facilitating ASEAN women's acquisition and sharing of e-business-related information through the establishment of e-business platforms (WISESTART, LaoMe)
- Developing ASEAN women’s ICT development index (WIDI) that is applicable to policy making and implementation for improving ASEAN women’s digital literacy
- Building up educational contents of digital/leadership/livelihood-based education for women’s digital literacy
- Utilizing libraries as a platform for women’s digital education, training female micro-entrepreneurs in digital literacy and leadership
- Conducting preliminary research on the current status and demands of e-services for ASEAN women
- Building a database on the use of digital technology by women in ASEAN
- E-service toolkit development and its pilot application for ASEAN women
- Conducting research on the need for information and motives for utilizing digital skills among rural women in the 10 ASEAN member states
- Developing customized training contents for sustainable usage
- Enhancing the capacity of local ICT education by empowering local trainers
- Building rural women’s capacity to use digital skills
In 1998, Sookmyung Women's University was appointed as the UNESCO Chair in the field of 'Communication Technology for Women' in recognition of its contribution to the characterization of the field of women's empowerment. The Asia Pacific Women's Information Network Center was selected as the implementing organization and is actively working with domestic and foreign governments, universities, and international organizations. UNESCO Chairs promote the transformation of knowledge and advancement of disciplines through academic and scientific cooperation. We strive to expand opportunities for women's leadership and digital empowerment through research, publications, and academic activities related to women and the digital field (symposia, forums, and expert meetings), as well as through the provision of digital information services.
UNITWIN is an acronym for University Twinning and Networking. The program was adopted at the 26th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 1992 and seeks to strengthen the capacity of universities and higher education institutions through knowledge sharing and collaborative projects. The UNITWIN program enables universities in developed and developing countries to work together on unique topics in a variety of fields in order to strengthen the capabilities of universities and their human resources through collaboration and research, sharing educational materials, and operating educational programs. In 2015, Sookmyung Women's University was selected as the host university for "Women's Empowerment through ICT and Leadership Education" and is currently networking with 18 universities in 9 countries on the same theme.
Faculty Capacity Building Workshop
Educational Contents Development and Improvement
UNITWIN Network Establishment
Digital & Leadership Local Training
Digital & Leadership Advanced Workshop & Hackathon
Digital Entrepreneurship Online Training
Blended Learning Platform
Sookmyung Women's University UNESCO UNITWIN Operating System and Partner Countries/Universities
Sookmyung Leader's Club, a private club at the prestigious private university Sookmyung Women’s University
Sookmyung Leader's Club provides a special experience for a life without regrets in the 100-year era of practicing holistic growth and achievement, contributing and sharing, and noblesse oblige.
It is comprised of people who are respected as leaders in each field.
We operate a membership system that recruits club members once a year.
It is a group that meets twice a month (20 times a year) and builds a strong network among members through special lectures by invited speakers, small group activities, and various workshops.