The ICSD International Conference Experience in Bali, Indonesia: A Representative of the BSRU President’s Research Presentation



Professor  Dr. Supol Wuthisen,  the President of  BanSomdejchaophraya  Rajabhat University  was Formally  invited  by  the Rector of  Mahasaraswati  University Denpasar  to be  the  speaker at the International Conference on Sustainable Development Conference(ICSD) on March 6th, 2012, atthe Grand Inna Bali Beach in Sanur,  Denpasar-Bali.  However, he cannot  join the conference  by himself,  consequently,  on 7th February I was assigned  to be his representative to attend  the conference and present his research paper under the topic, “The Sustainable Development of the Country by the University’s Duties and Activities: A Case study of BanSomdejchaophraya Rajabhat  University”.  Though I have experienced to present my research paper at an international conference both in Australia and the United Kingdom, however, this time is challenging and different – To Be the Guest Speaker instead of the BSRU President from Thailand! 


The aim of this article is to share the experience with readers and, in doing so, hopefully encourage other academic presenters to learn and grow in their worldwide conferences.

The Warm Welcome Atmosphere at Mahasaraswati  University Denpasar 

On March 6th,  2012, I reached the conference which was held at Grand Inna Bali Beach Hotel in  Bali with very warm welcome vinyl saying:


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6th March 2012 , Grand Inna Bali Beach Sanur Denpasar-Bali, INDONESIA

There, the Female Rector of Mahasaraswati University Denpasar), : Tjok Istri Sri Ramaswati, with the prominent delegates of Mahasaraswati University, Prof Dr Wayan Sutjipta, Coordinator of Private Colleges, Region VIII Denpasar, Prof Dr Emil Salim, Former Minister of the Environment of the Republic of Indonesia and the two Guest Speakers from the University of Florida, Christopher Silver, Dean and Professor College of Design, Construction and Planning and Dr Kevin Thompson, Associate Professor and researcher waited for  the Guest Speaker from Thailand.  I  felt I received my award at that time and it was a great honor for me. After the greeting, I think this was an interesting opportunity to meet colleagues from other countries to discuss and  exchange  professional and various issues related to professional sustainable development and higher education growth. We discussed several topics related to cross culture issues, and sustainable development in various aspects in different countries. It was good to interact with teachers, counselors and administrators from all different experiences. It was also an outstanding learning opportunity for all educators. This was a fabulous, insightful and interesting conference. I am so glad I came. I felt like family in the educational worldwide. 

The BSRU  President’s Research  Paper and My Presentation

Since the theme of the Mahasaraswati  University International Conference is Sustainable Development (ICSD), the BSRU  President’s Research  Paper is beyond interesting and attractive. This paper “The Sustainable Development of the Country by the University’s Duties and Activities: A case study of BanSomdejchaophraya Rajabhat University” provides an outline of the TRENDS Model developed and implemented for local development at both the institution and individual level within Thailand.  The history of the development of the model and examples are provided to demonstrate the importance of this model in providing the interface between International Knowledge and Local Knowledge to achieve sustainable local development. Examples considered in the paper include professional development training of academic staff, local action research and the institutional development of  Bansomdejchoapraya  Rajabhat University.  The key components of the model are highlighted for each of the examples.  Finally the paper outlines key success factors in implementation of the model. Factors such as leadership, entrepreneurship, partnership, technological change and quality assurance are discussed

The highlight  is shown in Figure 1 as Academic practice for sustainable local development  Sustainable development can be defined as a growth that is made regularly and continuously without any negative effects in the future and that is performed on basis of great originality unchanged while the international advancement is also taken into consideration. Therefore, the sustainable development is a combination of local identity and international advancement.

Professor Dr. Supol  Wuthisen  identified a number of issues to be considered as there  were  gaps  between  local  and  international  knowledge  and  that  sometimes  local  knowledge  is more  meaningful  than the knowledge from outside.  Professor Dr. Supol  introduced the TRENDS model  in linking  tools  between  local  and  international  knowledge  where:  T-transmitting of  international  knowledge ;  R-research  and  recovering  of data  to  modify  knowledge  from  outside ;  E-experiment  in  local  situation;  N-newly  appropriate  knowledge;  D-distribute  knowledge;  and  S-services  to  communities.

It can be further discussed (Figure 1) that it is inevitable that the local people cannot reject the international knowledge, the points to ponder are how fast the acceptance rate of the international knowledge is, and how the international knowledge should be put into practice. The significant factor is the higher education or the society’s leaders who are responsible for creating new knowledge have to reduce the gap. If the gap is wide, the unsustainable development or dependency development will be a result. In contrast, if the gap is closed by appropriate knowledge, the sustainable development will be the outcome suitable for a particular local community. If such gap in all communities is closed, the regions and the country would completely achieve the sustainable development.

Step 1 –(T) The transmission of international knowledge in all desciplines to students.  This is the basic mission of

                     the academic staff.

Step 2 – (R) Research and/ or recovery of data  in order to relate the international Knowledge to the local situation.                                    

Step 3 – (E) Local based experimentation of the research findings.

Step 4 – (N) Development of new knowledge relevant to the local community.

Step 5 – (D) Distribution of new knowledge for development.

                     This includes the Distribution or teaching of new knowledge to students.

Step 6 – (S) Service to the local community by implementing 

In  my  presentation  I  highlighted  the  good  practices of  Sustainable Development of BSRU Academic Practice  regarding research projects in Chemistry, Business Administration and Industry Management, etc.  I was relieved to find that everyone was very supportive, encouraging and attentive.  In the end,  the presentation went well and was well received. 

I enjoyed presenting the research results at this presentation because it sparked engaging conversations.  Consequently, I could share experiences with others and asked the participants to give their experiences for good practices. The session was very interesting and thought provoking.


Apart from teaching students, another  expectation of teaching in a university is attending and presenting at academic conferences.  It  reminded  me  that  we  all  continue to learn and that learning can be challenging and uncomfortable but with the right preparation and support the result is worth it. I dare say I have done my duties the best as I can. This conference  journey was not only to represent  the President’s paper  and linked the mutual co-operation  between two universities and countries,  but also to enhance my knowledge of diversity in international an eye-opener for me to understand the effective functioning of mutual understanding among countries and its keen interest in uplifting the university at the Asian and international level.  Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Dr.Supol Wuthisen for his encouragement and support for all academic endeavors in BanSomdejchaophraya Rajabhat  University and for permitting me to attend this International Conference.


Wuthisen, S. (2006)  World  University  Presidents  Summit  (WUPS), Proceedings  : “Sufficiency  and  Sustainability”  (PP. 58,233-236)Commission  on  Higher  Education,  Ministry  of  Education,Thailand, 19-22  July  2006,  Bangkok,  Thailand. 766pp.

Wuthisen, S. (1997) Cooperation  for  Mutual  Benefit  Between  Asian  and  Australian Higher  Education             University :  A  Continuing  Action  towards  Local  Independency Development  in  Asia.  Research  Report,      Rajabhat  Institute




research and higher education.  Moreover, to be the international conference Guest-Speaker was