The SEAMEO Centres Policy Research Network (CPRN) was firstly introduced as a component of the SEAMEO College, a project launched in 2013. The Network was established to enhance relevance and sharpen responsiveness of SEAMEO Centres and the Secretariat to the needs of education leaders for policy research to address regional human resource development issues in Southeast Asia.
For sustainability of the Network, SEAMEO Secretariat convened the SEAMEO Centres Policy Research Network (SEAMEO CPRN) Conference 2019 last 30-31 January 2019 at the Four Wings Hotel, Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok, Thailand as the platform for SEAMEO Centres to update trends on policy research, share ongoing activities with the other Centres, and plan for future activities in 2019-2023. There were 43 participants from SEAMEO Regional Centres and Partners such as Korean Education Development Institute (KEDI), ASEAN University Network (AUN), UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education and UNICEF EAPRO.
Dr Gatot Hari Priowirjanto, Director of SEAMEO Secretariat delivered his Welcome Remarks by referring to the aims of SEAMEO CPRN which have been fulfilling the needs of education leaders to address HRD issues in Southeast Asia by enhancing relevance and sharpening responsiveness of SEAMEO Regional Centres and SEAMEO Secretariat since it was established. In his speech, he mentioned that the expected outcomes of SEAMEO CPRN Conference 2019 include having a new perspective on research and development global and regional agenda, reviewing and adopting of the SEA-CPRN Action Plan 2019-2023 as well as providing capacity building to SEAMEO Centers and UNITS on key policy research areas.
Later, Dr Eun Young Kim, Director of Korean Education Development Institute (KEDI) delivered the Keynote Address. She highlighted the action plan of the APEC Education Strategy that “A strong and cohesive community characterised by inclusive and quality education that supports economic growth, social wellbeing and employability of men and women in the APEC region by 2030” to enhance competencies, to accelerate innovation and to increase employability.
The highlighted perspectives on the International and Regional Research Agenda were presented by three invited speakers. Firstly, Mr Wesley Teter, Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD), has pointed out that to develop holistic indicators to promote the internationalization of higher education. To promote the ownership in Southeast Asian Countries, it is necessary to take the action on both the System level and Institutional level. Secondly, Mr Francisco Benavides, Regional Education Adviser, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), mentioned that UNICEF EAPRO is being as a hub of knowledge research on children and adolescents. he underlined the ongoing project, the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) that UNICEF EAPRO and SEAMEO have been working alongside since 2012. Lastly, Dr Choltis Dhirathiti, Executive Director, ASEAN University Network (AUN), highlighted that seven new research projects under ASEAN+3 plan of action on education 2018-2025 will be conducted in 2019-2020 to support the higher education in SEAMEO Member Countries.