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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With support of the SEAMEO Secretariat as a forum partner, the Asian Institute of Management – Ramon V del Rosario, Sr Center for Corporate Social Responsibility organized the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility (AFCSR) 2012 on 25-26 October 2012 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. This year’s forum was held with the theme “Innovative Approaches to Create Value for Business and Society” which provided the guiding framework for managers and executives to implement corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects

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The SEAMEO Secretariat and two SEAMEO Regional Centres, namely SEAMEO RIHED and SEAMEO TROPMED Network participated in the 11th Meeting of Working Group on Human Resource Development for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) from 1-2 November 2012 at the Royal Park Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar which was held primarily to review the draft GMS Human Resource Development (HRD) Strategic Framework and Action Plan 2013-2017. The workshop was jointly organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar.

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At the invitation of the Organization of Ibero American States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), SEAMEO shared the current status of vocational and technical education and training in Southeast Asia during the OEI’s Conference on Vocational and Technical Education from 23 to 24 April 2012 at IBEROTEC, Lima, Peru. The conference focused on the processes of change that are required and/or are occurring in vocational and technical education, with special emphasis on approaches, strategies, policies and tools to consolidate these processes. It was aimed at building a platform for dialogue and exchange of information on the progress, experiences, and innovations in vocational and technical education.

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As follow-up of a wide interest from institutions in People’s Republic of China for possible collaboration with SEAMEO, the SEAMEO Secretariat visited and held exploratory discussions with the Department of International Cooperation and Exchange, Ministry of Education, Peoples Republic of China and other institutions from 16 to 18 May 2012 in Beijing, Peoples Republic of China with the purpose of exchanging views on cooperation in education, science and culture as well as other topics of common interest.

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