SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award

In November 2015, the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) will mark half a century since its establishment in 1965. As a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 11 Southeast Asian countries, SEAMEO takes pride in its achievements over the years as the region’s leading organization that promotes regional cooperation and human resource development in education, science and culture.

For over half a century, SEAMEO’s position as a significant organisation in the region would not have been achieved without immense support and contributions from education leaders, government officials, researchers, educators and technical experts towards the realisations of its activities and programmes.

Through sixteen nominations sought from Ministries of Education of 11 SEAMEO Member Countries, Associate Member Countries, Affiliate Members, and SEAMEO Regional Centres, the 36th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting in November 2014 endorsed six individuals who have dedicated their lives in turning SEAMEO's various undertakings into success stories to be bestowed with the Award. The six recipients of SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award were approved by the SEAMEO Council in March 2015.

The SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award honours these key figures for their sheer dedication and involvements in education, science and culture, contributing towards a better quality of life and sustainable development in Southeast Asia.

The Award embodies the dedication in the spirit of regional cooperation among the peoples of Southeast Asia who the recipients represent.

The SEAMEO Secretariat has the honour to announce the following recipients of SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award:

1. Brunei Darussalam

H E Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abdul Aziz bin Begawan Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Seri Paduka Haji Awang Umar
  • Member of the Privy Council, the Religious Council, and the Adat Istiadat Council (Present)
  • SEAMEO Council President (2004-2005, 1998-1999, 1992-1993, 1986-1987)
  • Minister of Education (1998-2005)
  • Minister of Communications (1986-1987)
  • Minister of Education and Health (1984-1986)

During His Excellency's terms as the SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, His Excellency provided valuable insights to the development of the Centres and ensuring that stronger cooperation, activities, programmes and projects were being introduced, implemented and shared among the citizens of the Southeast Asian countries. His Excellency commended on the excellence of service and skills rendered by each SEAMEO Centre. In addition, during His Excellency's terms as the Minister of Education and Health, the SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO VOCTECH) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam was established.

“Since its creation 50 years ago, SEAMEO has worked tirelessly not only to foster solidarity among Southeast Asian Member Countries but also implemented good and exemplary practices towards achieving peace and economic dynamisms.

I believe SEAMEO in the next 50 years will become the first choice education provider having world class regional training centres and strong professional networks and collaborative partnerships both regionally and beyond, staying relevant and productive amidst the ever-changing pace of development and implications of globalisation on market demands”

2. Indonesia

H E Prof Dr Bambang Sudibyo
  • Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Economics and Business, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (Present)
  • SEAMEO Council President (2007)
  • Minister of National Education (2004-2009)
  • Minister of Finance (1999-2000)

With a background of expertise in business and finance, H E Prof Dr Bambang had lent his service and great contributions to the work of SEAMEO, especially in setting up the three SEAMEO Regional Centre for Quality Improvement of Teachers and Education Personnel (QITEP) in Language, Mathematics and Science. As the geo-economic and geo-political centres of gravity is now shifting from the West to the Asian region, His Excellency urges Southeast Asian countries to take the golden opportunity to improve the well-being of their people by placing education as the prime importance.

“Happy 50th Anniversary for SEAMEO. I do wish SEAMEO to maintain the long tradition of harmonious cooperation amongthe member and associate member countries. For all the SEAMEO Centres, I wish they are developing towards centres of excellence in education.

The geo-economic and geo-political centers of gravity are now shifting from the West to the Asian region. ASEAN and other Southeast Asian countries should take this golden opportunity to improve the well-offness of their people, in which education is of prime importance.”

3. Malaysia

Dato’ Dr Ahamad bin Sipon
  • SEAMEO Secretariat Director (2008-2011)
  • Director General, Ministry of Education, Malaysia (2005-2007)
  • Governing Board Member of SEAMEO RELC (2005-2007), SEAMEO VOCTECH (2002-2007) and SEAMEO RETRAC (1998-2001)

A notable figure in education management, he spearheaded several key initiatives during his term as the Director of SEAMEO Secretariat. He places great importance in human capacity development, and partnerships with other bodies to intensify the impact of SEAMEO’s works.

“The growth of SEAMEO Regional Centres in developing capacity building programmes and the impact of SEAMEO Secretariat in initiating capacity building projects for the region over the last 50th years have been truly amazing and remarkable. My heartiest congratulations to SEAMEO and wish SEAMEO continued success in developing the people of the region.”

“I believe the on-going efforts by SEAMEO Member Countries to achieve greater efficiency, quality and equity in basic education will meet the demands of the 21st century needs for the region. I am also confident that the approaches taken to foster efficiency, effectiveness and harmonization of higher education will lead the human capacity development to a higher level in Southeast Asia.”

4. Philippines

Prof Dr Erlinda Canlas Pefianco
  • President, The City of Antipolo Institute of Technology (AiTECH), Philippines (2014-Present)
  • SEAMEO Centre Director, SEAMEO INNOTECH (1998-2010)
  • SEAMEO Council President (Jan-March 1998)
  • Secretary, Department of Education, Philippines (Jan-June 1998)
  • Undersecretary, Department of Education, Philippines (1990-1997)

This remarkable woman has been a great force in education both in her home country and internationally. For SEAMEO, she believes in keeping the faith, nurturing the hope and helping achieve SEAMEO’s Founding Fathers’ aspiration for a better quality of life in Southeast Asia, and to be thankful to those who have served SEAMEO during the golden years.

“Congratulations to SEAMEO for keeping the faith, nurturing the hope and helping achieve the Founding Fathers’ aspiration for a better quality of life for the peoples of Southeast Asia. Let us celebrate. But let us also be thankful for the men and women who served in the SEAMEO Council, Secretariat and Regional Centers during the golden years. Mabuhay!”

“My wish is for SEAMEO’s programs for regional cooperation through education, science and culture are promoted not only at the national level for cities and urban centers but also at the level of local governments in towns and villages. It is time for SEAMEO to take affirmative action and help create ‘learning communities’ among the marginalized members of society.”

5. Thailand

Prof Dr Adul Wichiencharoen
  • Legal Advisor of SEAMEO (1987-Present)
  • Committee and Advisor to the National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and National Heritage of Thailand (2009-2014)
  • President of the National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and National Heritage of Thailand (1990-2008)
  • Director, SEAMEO Secretariat (1981-1987)

Prof Dr Adul has been dedicating a good part of his life for SEAMEO through his sheer dedication and leadership. He is the only SEAMEO Secretariat Director in history who had held the position for two terms. His contribution extends until today with him serving as the Legal Advisor for SEAMEO.

“SEAMEO’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at the significant achievements in human resources development in Member Countries. It is now the occasion to look forward to the need for making efforts to cope with new challenges. I congratulate SEAMEO for its success and give my best wishes for its future”

6. Vietnam

Mr Tran Ba Viet Dzung
  • Advisor to Minister on SEAMEO and ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam (2014-Present)
  • Director General, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Education and Training, Vietnam (2001-2014)
  • Governing Board Member of SEAMEO RETRAC (2004-Present)
  • Governing Board Member of SEAMEO RELC (1999-2004)

Respected as an educator and leader in education, he envisions SEAMEO to march forward and gain more strength than ever to play an important role in human resource development in Southeast Asia and beyond

“On the occasion of SEAMEO 50th Anniversary, I wish SEAMEO to grow stronger and stronger and plays an ever important role in building up the Southeast Asia a strong part of the world in human resource development.”

Through educational and cultural exchanges and cooperation, I am convinced that the people of Southeast Asia are getting closer and closer together. And the future of the region will be in the hand of young and learned generations”

 

Documents to download:

   
 
I. Introduction

In November 2015, SEAMEO (Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization) will mark half a century since its establishment. As a regional intergovernmental organization comprising 11 Southeast Asian countries, SEAMEO takes pride in its achievements over the years as the region’s leading organization that promotes regional cooperation and human resource development in education, science and culture.

Staying true to the spirit of its establishment in 1965, SEAMEO has over the last 50 years received immense support and valued contributions from education leaders, government officials, researchers, educators and technical experts who have relentlessly contributed their valued expertise and time to the various activities and programmes undertaken by the SEAMEO Secretariat and the SEAMEO Regional Centres.

As we approach the important milestone of the 50th year establishment of our organization, the many success stories of SEAMEO would not have come about without the selfless endeavours of these great individuals who have dedicated their lives to the development of education, science and culture in their respective countries and across Southeast Asia.

In conjunction with the anniversary celebration in November 2015, SEAMEO has instigated the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award to honour those people who have contributed significantly to SEAMEO’s diverse programmes that promote cooperation and the development of education, science and culture across the region – an approach that has contributed to a better quality of life for millions of people in Southeast Asia over the last 50 years.

The award also serves as a mark of recognition to these individuals’ dedication and their significant contributions towards a better quality of life and sustainable development in Southeast Asia.

II. Eligibility Criteria
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  1. Nominations shall be from the Ministry of Education of SEAMEO Member Countries; SEAMEO Associate Member Countries; SEAMEO Affiliate Members; and SEAMEO Regional Centres.
  2. The nominees have/had engaged with SEAMEO and significantly contributed to the development of education/science/culture through the work of SEAMEO.
  3. The nominees should be a resident or citizen of the following Southeast Asian countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
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III. Nomination Procedure
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  1. Nominations shall be from the Ministry of Education of SEAMEO Member Countries; SEAMEO Associate Member Countries; SEAMEO Affiliate Members; and SEAMEO Regional Centres.
  2. Each nominator can nominate only one person.
  3. Nominators will need to submit the following documents:
    1. Nomination Form for the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award; The Nomination Form can be downloaded or can be requested by sending an email to: 50anniversary@seameo.org.
    2. A letter of nomination that addresses the nominee’s professional accomplishments and how the nominee’s work have/had contributed to the development of education/science/culture in his/her country and/or in the region;
    3. The nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae; and
    4. (Optional) Additional information supporting the nominee’s outstanding qualities (i.e. awards, publications, news, articles etc).
  4. The nominator can submit the information of nomination to the SEAMEO Secretariat:
    1. By email to the email address: 50anniversary@seameo.org or
    2. Send a compact disc (CD) or a handy drive (USB) containing the digital files of the Nomination Form and supporting documents to the following address by post:
        50th Anniversary Recognition Award,
      SEAMEO Secretariat,
      920 Sukhumvit Road,
      Klongtoey,
      Bangkok, 10110, Thailand.
      The printed version of the nomination form should be included in the mailing package.
  5. Deadline of submission is 11 November 2014.
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IV. Prizes
 
  1. The awardees will be invited to receive the Award at the Official Celebration of SEAMEO’s 50th Anniversary which will coincide with the 48th SEAMEO Council Conference in April 2015 in Thailand.
  2. The awardees will be featured in the SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Commemorative Publication and in a special press release.
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V. Important Dates
 
15 September -
11 November 2014
(Extension)

Period for submission of nominations to the SEAMEO Secretariat (50anniversary@seameo.org)

11 November 2014
(Extension)

The last day for submission of nomination

February 2015

Announcement of the Awardees on the SEAMEO website

April 2015

Award Presentation at the 48th SEAMEO Council Conference in Thailand

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VI. Judging Criteria

The Award will be given to individuals who have proven themselves worthy of honour and emulation based on the following criteria:

  1. Professional excellence in the field of education/science/culture which includes moral rectitude (20 points);
  2. Leadership in the field of education/science/culture which includes innovative qualities and a pioneering spirit (20 points);
  3. Outstanding service and significant contributions in the field of education/science/culture to his/her nation and/or the region (30 points); and
  4. Outstanding service and significant contributions to the work of SEAMEO (30 points).
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VII. Rules and Conditions
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  1. The SEAMEO Secretariat shall keep all data of nominations as confidential.
  2. The nominators must allow the SEAMEO Secretariat to request additional information to support the nomination if needed.
  3. The SEAMEO Secretariat shall have the right to store information about the Awardees and finalists in its database and also use the information for publication purposes.
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VIII. Documents to Download
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IX. Contact Details

For enquiries, please contact:
SEAMEO 50th Anniversary Recognition Award
SEAMEO Secretariat
920 Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey District,
Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel: +662 391 0144 I Fax: +662 381 2587

Email: secretariat@seameo.org and 50anniversary@seameo.org
Website: www.seameo.org