The Academic Leadership Board for Asia (ALB-ASIA)


The Academic Leadership Board for Asia (ALB-ASIA) is a pivotal initiative under the auspices of the Global Center for Risk and Innovation (GCRI), tailored to address the unique educational needs and challenges prevalent in Asian societies. ALB-ASIA is committed to bridging academic pursuits with the critical imperatives of sustainable development, technological innovation, and ethical governance specific to the Asian context. It acts as a beacon, guiding academic institutions across Asia towards a future where education not only disseminates knowledge but also fosters a profound dedication to societal, environmental, and regional responsibilities.


ALB-ASIA envisions a future where academic institutions across Asia are catalysts of transformative change, contributing to a world where education equips individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ethical foundation required to tackle and navigate the complexities of both global and regional challenges. It aims to nurture an educational ecosystem that is vibrant, inclusive, and aligned with the principles of sustainability, equity, and open science, thus contributing to a more just, resilient, and sustainable Asian community and beyond.


The mission of ALB-ASIA is multifaceted, focusing on integrating academic programs and credentialing into the fabric of strategic curriculum development tailored for the Asian context. This initiative emphasizes upskilling and fostering green skills in line with evolving national, regional, and global standards. ALB-ASIA is propelled by the urgency to accelerate public education and the democratization of scientific knowledge within Asia, promoting interdisciplinary learning and spearheading community-centric projects that directly address environmental, social, and governance issues. Through these endeavors, ALB-ASIA strives to position education as a pillar of societal transformation and innovation across the continent.


The composition of ALB-ASIA reflects its interdisciplinary and inclusive spirit, incorporating a wide array of academics, educators, and thought leaders from diverse fields such as environmental science, engineering, IT, business studies, and social sciences, with a special focus on addressing the unique challenges and opportunities within Asia. This diverse collective ensures that ALB-ASIA’s approach to curriculum development and educational programming is comprehensive, forward-looking, and attuned to the multifaceted needs and aspirations of Asian societies.


  • Strategic Curriculum Development: Leading the development of academic programs that forefront risk management, sustainability, and technological advancements, with a keen eye on ethical considerations relevant to Asia.

  • Public Education and Open Science: Making education accessible to all across Asia and engaging the wider public in significant research and policy discourse, utilizing various platforms and events to promote a culture of open inquiry and participation.

  • Nexus Initiatives: Reconceptualizing universities as centers of community engagement in Asia, addressing complex regional and global challenges through collaborative research, innovation, and open dialogue.

  • Knowledge and Ethical Sourcing: Ensuring academic curricula incorporate diverse and indigenous knowledge systems from across Asia, fostering ethical understanding and appreciation for multicultural perspectives.

  • Community Impact: Encouraging universities in Asia to actively contribute to societal development through strategic alliances and projects aimed at community welfare and sustainable development.


  • Curriculum Development and Learning: Developing cutting-edge curricula and immersive learning experiences that prepare students for the unique challenges and opportunities of the future, with a special focus on the Asian context.

  • Research Collaboration and Innovation: Facilitating interdisciplinary research efforts that propel sustainable and ethical advancements, positively impacting societal well-being in Asia and globally.

  • Educational Technology: Leveraging the latest digital tools and platforms to enhance the educational experience, making learning more engaging and accessible across Asia.

  • Sustainability in Education: Embedding sustainability and ethical principles within educational programs, equipping future leaders and innovators in Asia with the mindset to make responsible decisions.

  • Global Academic Networks: Building robust networks among academic institutions within Asia and globally, fostering knowledge exchange, collaborative learning, and the establishment of global partnerships in education.

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