Apaswe Message 2017
Greetings to all. I am honored and at the same time humbled to be the President of APASWE for the next four years. Several times I have been asked to run for the post and have turned it down. This time around, due to the persuasion of good friends from various countries, I reluctantly accepted it. To be serving a large organization such as APASWE will be a challenge, but with the team that has been elected, we shall strive to meet the objectives of APASWE for the benefit of us all. Hence, I would like to express my heartfelt appreciation to those who have persuaded, nominated and counseled me during the entire election period. My intended prime mission during my tenure is to make the association visible especially to the members across the region. To that end, we have to go back to the mission of APASWE - social work education. Activities developed and planned for the future should have that aim in mind. Collaborations with universities and local associations should be gearing towards enhancing social work education in serving society. Thanks to previous president, especially Prof. Tatsuru Akimoto, APASWE has a healthy membership both institutionally and individually. APASWE activities should go beyond the bi-annual conference with IFAP. While the conference is like a tradition that cannot be missed, we should think of other activities that gear towards the advancement of social work education amongst us educators. I am open to suggestions from all and will try to meet the requests within the capabilities that we have. One idea that is playing in mind is Open and Distance Learning (ODL). It seems that 21st century education has moved away from the traditional classroom model to be a more online experience. A discussion should be initiated amongst us as to how social work education can be part of the changes. With our institutional membership of over 200 universities/colleges, definitely there are opportunities for us to collaborate. Whichever university that wishes to undertake the ODL platform, can utilize the many educators amongst us. Distance should not be a barrier as long as the internet connection is good. The Board is here at the service of all of you. We need to hear your voices and where we are able, we shall respond kindly. We have the manpower and intellectual resources. Finally, to our local partners in Japan, S. Korea, China, Australia and New Zealand, we need your active participation because you all have amongst the largest members. So, let us work together to serve society with its myriad of issues through what we are good at – social work education.
President APASWE Oct 2017