AUN (ASEAN University Network) has long been encouraging the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in education through the information networking programme. The Information Networking among ASEAN Universities Programme emphasises on the establishment and development of on-line information exchange system in member universities*. The launch of the AUN homepage (http://www.aun-sec.org/) and the successful seminar on Information Networking and IT Development in March 2000 have enhanced the dissemination of information among AUN members.
In September 2002, De La Salle University, Manila, hosted a “Conference on AUN Inter-Library Online” to strengthen information networking among AUN Member Universities as well as to provide support of academic resources to the development of a virtual university. The Conference gathered librarians and IT experts from AUN Member Universities (from UBD, RUPP, UGM, UI, UM, USM, UP, NUS, NTU, BU, CU, and VNUH) to explore the best possible way for the establishment of AUN Inter-Library Online. A resolution to set up an AUNILO Working Committee was adopted at the Conference and submitted to the AUN Board of Trustees in January 2003.
AUN Executive Director Assoc. Prof. Dr. Supachai Yavaprabhas had asserted, ”AUNILO is a continuous effort in enhancing information networking among member universities through the sharing of digital academic resources. It would support the development of an ASEAN virtual university, which is the AUN’s ultimate goal.”