The 3rd High Officials Meeting (HOM) on Southeast Asia - Technical and Vocational Education and Training (SEA-TVET) with the theme of “21st Century TVET in Southeast Asia: Advancing Toward Harmonisation and Internationalisation” was organised by the Ministry of Education of Malaysia in partnerships with the Southeast Asian Ministers  of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and SEAMEO Regional Centre for Vocational and Technical Education and Training (SEAMEO VOCTECH)at Swiss Garden Hotel and Residences, Kuala Lumpur on 23 -25 May 2017.


Group Photo in Opening Ceremony


The 3rd HOM on SEA-TVET aimed to 1) discuss the current situation of TVET collaboration and trends in TVET development in the Southeast Asian region;  2) review the cooperation of SEA-TVET programme among the Southeast Asian countries during 2015-2017; 3) determine and plan for the regional directions and strategies to promote the transformation, harmonisation and advancement of TVET in Southeast Asian countries to meet the needs of the 21st Century; and 4) strengthen cooperation among the TVET departments among Southeast Asian  countries, and institutions.           

The meeting was officially opened by the Honorable Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon, the Deputy Minister of Education II, Ministry of Education Malaysia.  The closing speech was presented by Honourable Dato’ P.Kamalanathan a/l Panchanathan, Deputy Minister of Education I, Ministry of Education Malaysia.


Honourable Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon,
Deputy Minister of Education II presented
the Opening Remarks at the Opening Ceremony.
  Honourable Dato’ P.Kamalanathan a/l Panchanathan,
Deputy Minister of Education I delivered
the Closing Remarks at the Closing Ceremony


The meeting was attended by approximately 180 delegates who are high officials, policy makers and TVET specialists from the following Ministries of Education and related Ministries from 9 Southeast Asian countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Brunei Darussalam:        Ministry of Education 

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; 
Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training

Indonesia: Ministry of Education and Culture
Lao PDR: Ministry of Education and Sports

Ministry of Education;
Ministry of Higher Education


Department of Education;
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)

Singapore: Ministry of Education

Ministry of Education

Vietnam: Ministry of Education and Training

The meeting also involved leaders from TVET institutions in Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries, and representatives from Japan and Germany, and other international and regional development agencies such as ASEAN Secretariat, UNESCO, SEAMEO SEN, SEAMEO SEARCA and SEAMEO TROPMED Network.


The Sessions of the 3rd SEA-TVET HOM


The programme were designed for sharing and discussion of country reports, initiatives, and institutional best practices for advancing, harmonising and transforming TVET education to meet the 21st Century’s demands of the Southeast Asian region.  

Eleven regional initiatives for TVET development from SEAMEO Regional Centres, ASEAN Secretariat, GIZ/RECOTVET and UNESCO  were presented for endorsement and information such as Regional Standard for TVET Personnel: TVET Teacher and In-company Trainers by SEAMEO VOCTECH and GIZ-RECOTVET; Regional TVET Knowledge Platform by SEAMEO VOCTECH and GIZ-RECOTVET; Inclusive TVET by SEAMEO SEN; Towards the Development of Competency Standards of Agricultural Workers in the ASEAN Region by SEAMEO SEARCA; SEA-TVET MOOCs Programme by SEAMEO Secretariat; Inter-Country Student Exchange with Industry by SEAMEO Secretariat.


Country Reports, Presentations on Regional Initiatives for TVET Development
and High Officials Round Table Meeting


In addition, the High Officials Round Table Meeting is one of the most important sessions of the High Officials Meeting. The session was conducted as a closed and informal session among heads of delegations and official representatives from Ministries/Departments of Education and related ministries of Southeast Asian countries and representatives from SEAMEO Units.  The session aimed to review the progress of collaboration in TVET among the Southeast Asian countries; identify other initiatives and effective interventions of TVET development and collaboration among the Southeast Asian countries; and develop a Regional Action Plan/Road Map for promoting TVET internationalisation, and harmonisation.


Concurrent Sessions and Bilateral Meetings


Besides the formal meeting, the study visit programme was organised to Klang Vocational College in Selangor, and Auto Prima Technology Training Sdn. Bhd on 25 May 2017.

The 4th HOM on SEA-TVET will be hosted by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) of the Philippines, tentatively scheduled in May 2018.


Study Visit to Klang Vocational College in Selangor, and Auto Prima Technology Training Sdn. Bhd

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