Prior to my retiring in July 2013, Kevin Laws coordinated the MEd (Educational Management and Leadership) program in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney, later being asked to contribute to the development of this program for online delivery.
For 10 years, Kevin was Associate Dean International Relations in the faculty and was successful in obtaining grants from the Australian Government to promote professional development in Southeast Asia and Africa. Two of these grants resulted in his continuing involvement with universities in Vietnam and Thailand and to the establishment of the Developing Educational Professionals in Southeast Asia (DEPISA) network, which Kevin still convenes. The network has grown from 18 members from five universities in five countries to more than 200 members from 12 universities in eight Asian countries.
In 2019, Kevin was invited to join the International College, Thaksin University, Thailand. The College offers a PhD program based on the same approach as the Sydney and Melbourne University PhD programs. It differs greatly from typical Thai PhD programs which have much coursework. He mentors a Thaksin University staff member with whom he is jointly supervising a scholarship student from Vietnam in the field of sustainable development and global citizenship.
Before being prevented from travelling to Vietnam in early 2020 because of COVID-19, Kevin prepared a credit-bearing course on Leadership for talented students in the School of Foreign Languages at Can Tho University, Vietnam.