The SEAMEO Centres Policy Research Network (SEA-CPRN) was firstly introduced as a component of the SEAMEO College, a project launched in 2013.  The Network is 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.

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The 2nd SEA-MOOCs Forum for Network Development meeting was organized by SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education of Indonesia from 2 to 3 November 2017 in Bali, Indonesia to support the SEAMEO Seven Agenda and the Ministers Call for Action as stated in Bandung Statement and the Action Agenda.  It will also support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly providing accessible quality education for all. The meeting attended by the representatives of Ministry of Education from Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, SEAMOLEC, INNOTECH, RETRAC, BIOTROP, RIHED as well as Open Universities (UPOU, STOU, HOU, Yangon Univ for Distance Learning) and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

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The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) hosted the 40th High Officials Meeting in Montienside Riverside Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28-30 November 2017. This event is held annually, bringing in education vice ministers, permanent secretaries, director generals and other high-level education officials of the SEAMEO Member Countries, to discuss any and all issues on education based on SEAMEO’s 7 Priority Areas: 1) Achieving Universal Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE); 2) Addressing barriers to inclusion; 3) Promoting Resiliency in the face of emergencies; 4) Promoting Technical and Vocational education and Training (TVET); 5) Revitalizing Teacher Education; 6) Promoting harmonization in Higher Education and Research; and 7) Adopting a 21st Century Curriculum.

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The Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC), Ministry of Education, Thailand in cooperation with the SEAMEO Secretariat organized the 3rd Meeting of Inter-Country Student Exchange with Industries (Thailand-Indonesia Collaboration): Concluding Agreement and Implementation Plan on 14-15 December 2017 at the Minburi Technical College, Bangkok, Thailand.

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The SEAMEO Secretariat in collaboration with Chiang Mai Rajabhat University (CMRU) organized the 4th Evaluation Meeting for Pre-Service Student Teacher Exchange in Southeast Asia (SEA-Teacher Project) on 9 October 2017 at the Empress Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand. The objectives of the meeting were to review and evaluate the implementation of the 4th batch of SEA-Teacher project to improve future programme as well as to discuss and plan for the 5th batch which will take place in January 2018.

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As a successful continuation from the 1st Young SEA-TVET Symposium in Krabi in August 2016, the 2nd Young SEA-TVET Symposium: Young Smart Farmer, which was hosted by the Officer of the Vocational education Commission (OVEC) Thailand, and co-organised by SEAMEO was held in Pattaya, Thailand on 30 August-2 September 2017. The event was held in response to improve the quality of education of teachers and students and to promote TVET innovative practices and 21st century skills of students that were highlighted during the 2nd and 3rd High Official Meeting on SEA-TVET, in May 2016 and 2017.

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