The ASEAN Chemical Engineers as well as some Japanese Chemical Engineers organized a symposium for the ASEAN chemical engineers since 1994. This is called "Regional Symposium of Chemical Engineering - RSCE". The primary objectives of this symposium is to serve as venue for the dissemination of the research output done by chemical engineers, to establish linkages among the chemical engineers in the ASEAN region, and lastly, the need for Japan to strengthen ties with ASEAN countries.
This is being done every year with the following countries organising the said symposium: Philippines - 1994, Thailand - 1995, Indonesia - 1996, Malaysia - 1997, Philippines - 1998, Thailand - 1999, Singapore - 2000 and Indonesia - 2001. The organizing committee included International Advisory Committee in the different ASEAN countries to coordinate with the local chemical engineers. This activity is supported by the universities, government agencies and professional organization of the chemical engineers in their respective countries. There are about 150 - 250 participants every year and about 150 research outputs are being presented during the symposium.
Chemical engineers envisioned the need to publish their research outputs periodically in a referred journal. Even with the presence of many journals in the field of Chemical Engineering, these are mainly publications from the Western World primarily managed by experts from the West and whose perspective are globally influenced. Such journals, therefore, are not able to manifest an understanding of the ASIAN environment and the needs of the countries in that region. In this manner, the needs of the local industries in the region do not appear to have addressed by the academe because of the lack of venue for the dissemination of research outputs.
Some of the advantages of having a referred journal for chemical engineers are the following:
The Objectives of the journal were as follows:
The maiden issue of the AJChE was launched last October 29, 2001 during the RSCE 2001 in Bandung, Indonesia. The articles in this first issue are related to the development in the chemical industries in different ASEAN countries. Prominent Chemical Engineers from their respective ASEAN countries were invited to write in our maiden issue. There will be two issues for this year 2001 (May and October). The research papers will come from the RSCE Proceedings and will invite well-known chemical engineers to publish their research papers. Four issues per year for the second year and onwards.