Asia Professional Education Network
Article I Name and Purpose
Section 1. The name of this Network is The Asia Professional Education Network, hereinafter abbreviated as APEN.
Section 2. Its purposes are (a) to enhance nexus of collaboration among organizations having Project Based Learning, hereinafter abbreviated as PBL, programs in Asia thereby (b) to produce global professionals who can contribute to the promotion of the Asian social development through industrialization.
Article II the Board of Directors
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be the main decision-making entity of the APEN. It shall be responsible for decision-making of major issues. The term “board” when printed with an initial capital, where used in this constitution, indicates the Board of Directors.
Section 2. The Board shall consist of directors. Directors shall be selected at the meeting of the Board. The initial directors shall be (a) one from each region chapter, (b) one from the organization who is in charge of secretariat affairs, (c) one from the Secretariat of APEN. The term of directors shall be three years, not excluded to be reelected for successive terms. Decision making of the Board shall be operated under the principle of decision by majority.
Section 3. The members of the Board shall elect the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson (or Vice-Chairpersons) from the members of the Board by mutual election. The Chairperson shall represent the APEN.
Section 4. The terms of the Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson (or Vice-Chairpersons) shall be three years, not excluded to be reelected for successive terms.
Section 5. The Chairperson shall nominate the Executive Director of the Secretary of APEN.
Section 6. A member of the Board may send a proxy to the meeting of the Board.
Section 7. The Chairperson may ask the members of the Board to vote by mail or other means, without calling a meeting, when the issues are relatively not significant.
Section 8. The Board may settle expert meetings on specific issues and may assign some advisors on technical issues if necessary.
Section 9. The Board, by the initiative of the Chairperson, may invite a few representatives of industrial sectors as members of the Board, similarly as directors.
Section 10. The Board Meeting should be held at least once a year.
Article III the Secretariat of APEN
Section 1. The Secretariat of APEN shall take secretariat affairs of APEN. The term “secretariat” when printed with an initial capital, where used in this constitution, indicates the Secretariat of APEN. The Secretary shall temporally be settled in and financed by Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology.
Section 2. The Executive Director shall represent and supervise the Secretary. The Executive Director annually reports activities and accounts of the Secretariat to the Board.
Article IV Members
Section 1. Members of APEN shall consist of (a) the Founding Members, (b) Academia that the Board shall decide to welcome their newly participations, and (c) Entities or persons in industrial sectors who promote collaborative works in development of PBL that the Board shall decide to welcome their newly participations.
Section 2. Members of APEN may withdraw from APEN by notifying their withdrawal to the Chairperson.
Section 3. Member fees of all categories of the Members of APEN shall be decided in the Board.
Section 4. Members of APEN may give titles of the APEN Student Members to students who take PBL courses, and shall register them to the Secretariat.
Article V Regional Chapters
Section 1. Members of APEN may establish and organize Regional Chapters of APEN. Majority of members of a Regional Chapter shall be members of APEN. Other membership and Constitutions of each Regional Chapter shall be decided among members of each Regional Chapter. Each Regional Chapter may hold an independent secretariat.
Section 2. Each Regional Chapter shall send one representative to the Board as a director of the Board. That representative shall report activities of his/her Regional Chapter to the Board.
Section 3. The Chairperson of the Board may ask the Secretariat of APEN to take secretariat affairs of Regional Chapters.
Article VI PBL programs
Section 1. The PBL program in the APEN shall be defined as the education program with the specific training project carried out by students, which is equipped with the definitely designed education process with clearly declared learning targets and proper assessment system.
Section 2. Each PBL program shall be registered to the Secretariat. The Secretariat shall archive and provide information service of those PBL programs.
Article VII Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to this Constitution shall be made by the decision of the Board. Decision shall be made by the majority of directors including proxies.
Section 2. Amendments may be proposed by directors. A director who proposes amendments shall submit the amendments proposals to the Chairperson in a written form and the Chairperson shall mail the proposals to each director in advance to the meeting of the Board where the amendments shall be discussed.
Adopted on June 6, 2011
Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
(Executive director of the Secretariat)
Professor Mitsuhiro Maeda, AIIT
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology
Pohang University of Science and Technology
University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University, Hanoi