The SEAMEO Secretariat, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education of Thailand, convened the 34th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting at the Grand Millennium Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, from 17 to 19 January 2012. A total of 137 participants from 18 countries representing the 9 SEAMEO Member Countries, 5 Associate Members, 2 Affiliate Members, and 6 observer delegations attended the Meeting.

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The University of Tsukuba through its Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED) organized the University of Tsukuba CRICED-SEAMEO International Symposium on 14 February 2012 at the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan which was attended by participants from SEAMEO Regional Centres, Southeast Asian countries and Japan. The symposium focused on two themes, namely, “The Future of International Educational Cooperation between SEAMEO and the University of Tsukuba-CRICED”, and “The Role of Education in Natural Disasters”.

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SEAMEO kicked off implementing its strategic plan for 2011 to 2020 through its first Training-Workshop on Knowledge Management (KM) last 29 February to 2 March in Los Ba?os, Laguna, Philippines. Forty-three participants from various SEAMEO Regional Centres and the SEAMEO Secretariat gathered at the SEAMEO Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) for leveling off on understanding and motivations regarding KM among SEAMEO Regional Centres.

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Brunei Darussalam through its Ministry of Education hosted the Conference on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) and Regional Forum on SEAMEO Project 5 (Preschool Programme for All) from 16 to19 April 2012 at the SEAMEO VOCTECH in Gadong and the Royal Berkshire Hall in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam which was attended by ECCE practitioners, government officials, and advocates from Brunei Darussalam, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Thailand.

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Seven representatives from the Chinese Council of Private Higher Education and the Beijing Normal University (BNU) visited the SEAMEO Secretariat on 26 April 2012 to exchange ideas for possible collaboration with SEAMEO. The delegation was led by Professor Zhou Nanzhao, President of the Chinese Council of Private Higher Education, and Professor Li Xiaoxi, Deputy Director of Beijing Normal University Academic Committee and Honorary Dean of School of Economics and Resource Management of Beijing Normal University.

 

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Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, H E Mr Phongthep Thepkanjana, declared open the 35th SEAMEO High Officials Meeting on 28 November 2012 at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand which brought together education deputy ministers, permanent secretaries, directors general and other high-level education officials of the SEAMEO Member Countries for its annual assembly to discuss important issues on education in the Southeast Asia region.

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