The quotation below is from an NYT article based on British Council research that shows intra-Asian collaboration in science is highly productive. Having studied research collaborations in the ICT policy and regulation field as were starting CPRsouth, we were waiting for such collaborations to emerge organically. Seven conferences have gone, and we have yet to see intra-Asian collaboration, though we are seeing Asia-Africa collaboration. This was catalyzed by an internship offered to Rohman, and Indonesian national studying in Sweden, by our sister organization, Research ICT Africa.
The quotation below refers to research on aquaculture. There are possibly greater justifications for multi-country collaborations in ICT policy and regulation.
This year, she helped establish a Southeast Asian network of aquaculture researchers, with scientists from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam coming together every three months to share research and develop doctoral student exchange programs.
Dr. Subha, who communicates with her Asian counterparts every few weeks via Skype, is adamant that the most effective way to ensure a better and safer food supply is for scientists to pool their knowledge and resources.
“For poverty, for the environment, for sustainability, we have to work together,” she said.
Research released recently by the British Council found that many Asian universities had high international research collaboration rates and that researchers who collaborated across borders were likely to have their work cited more frequently.