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International Cooperative Alliance Asia and Pacific (ICA-AP) Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) has launched COOP Colloquium with the aim to start an academic dialogue on issues that are relevant to cooperative education and research. The experience of cooperative scholarship across the Asia and Pacific region is rich and diverse and ICA-AP CCR would like to bring these together in COOP Colloquium to share, inform and learn. Each iteration will focus on a theme, present different perspectives and have a colloquium. Digital and social media platforms will be used to promote COOP Colloquium and have a conversation around cooperative education and research. 


The second iteration of COOP Colloquium will focus on the theme ‘Making Coop Education Attractive to Millennials: Gaps and Opportunities’. It will be held in collaboration with the ICA-AP Committee on Cooperatives in Educational Institutions (ICEI). 


The 2021 global thematic study by all ICA regional offices under the ICA-EU Partnership, titled, ‘Young People and Cooperatives: A Perfect Match?’ explored and analysed cooperative education in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa and Americas, as perceived by young people within and outside the cooperative movement. The study shows that young people irrespective of their nationality demand good public education that is free or affordable, relevant and competitive. Given that these demands are not adequately being met, is there a way that cooperative advocates can leverage these existing demands? Is there a way to push for reforms in schools and universities that exclusively cater to education on cooperatives? And, the big question, how we can make education on cooperatives i.e., curriculum, trainings, and practical exposure via campus cooperatives interesting, relevant, competitive and promising?


The ICA study aptly underlines four areas where interventions are critical to address education-based challenges of youth as well as to ensure the growth and continuity of cooperative sector worldwide. These areas include:


  • Public awareness about cooperatives
  • Basic education on the model and values of cooperation
  • Specialised education in cooperative business management and operations
  • Practical experience in running and managing cooperative businesses


Schools and universities (under-graduate and post-graduate level) have an important role to play in making interventions in the above four areas. 


This colloquium is a starting point to these discussions, bringing together cooperative advocates, practitioners and youth from the Asia and Pacific region who are committed to infuse meaning, relevance, enthusiasm, and promising returns in the formal education space for cooperatives. 


Under the theme, ‘Making Coop Education Attractive for Millennials: Gaps and Opportunities’, the program will focus on following sub-themes at country level:


  • Status of educational courses and curriculum on cooperatives at school and university level
  • Students’ expectations, challenges and feedback
  • Recommendations to improve education on cooperatives
  • Identifying stakeholders for future actions 






We invite participants to join us for the second iteration of COOP Colloquium and engage in open discussion. Participants are invited to register here. An invitation with meeting credentials will follow.


About the Organisers


ICA-AP Committee on Cooperative Research (CCR) was established in the year 2000 to promote and support the initiation and furtherance of research activities within cooperatives and research organizations at regional, national and local levels, to enhance their social and economic effectiveness. It has members working in the field of research and academia and those in the member organisations of the ICA-AP. During its 22 years of existence, it has organized several regional research conferences and local seminars. 


The ICA-AP Committee on Cooperatives in Educational Institutions (ICEI) was established in 2008 to promote the development of cooperatives in educational institutions (university, colleges, and high schools) with the participation of teachers, staff and students as members. The Committee facilitates youth integration into the cooperative movement by involving students in cooperatives and making them understand the cooperative values and importance of self-help and mutuality. The National Federation of University Cooperative Associations (NFUCA), an ICA member since 2002, has played a critical role in supporting the establishment of ICEI.


Event start date:
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Event end date:
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Venue: Zoom Meeting