What is SEAMEO ?

The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) is a regional intergovernmental organization established in 1965 among governments of Southeast Asian countries to promote regional cooperation in education, science and culture in the region.

As an organization that has continued to nurture human capacities and explored the peoples’ fullest potential, the SEAMEO maintains its work and aspirations for development with peoples of the region to make lives better in quality and equity in education, preventive health education, culture and tradition, information and communication technology, languages, poverty alleviation and agriculture and natural resources.

The organisation's highest policy-making body is the SEAMEO Council, which comprises the 11 Southeast Asian education ministers. The SEAMEO Secretariat is located in Bangkok, Thailand.

Brunei Darussalam Cambodia Indonesia Lao PDR
Malaysia Republic of the Union of Myanmar Philippines Singapore
Thailand Timor-Leste Socialist Republic of Vietnam  


The leading organization for enhancing regional understanding and cooperation in education, science and culture for a better quality of life in Southeast Asia


To enhance regional understanding, cooperation and unity of purpose among Member Countries for a better quality of life through the establishment of networks and partnerships, the provision of fora among policy makers and experts, and the promotion of sustainable human resource development


"Leading through Learning"

Core Values of SEAMEO

The Core Values of SEAMEO are:

  • Attitude
    1. Respect for Cultural Diversity
    2. Belief in People
    3. Commitment
  • Character
    4. Integrity
    5. Professionalism
    6. Collaborativeness
  • Behavior
    7. Striving for Excellence
    8. Proactiveness
    9. Service-orientedness

Core Competencies

SEAMEO prides itself in its technical and scientific expertise in various fields of specialisation, its strength in governance and management, partnership, networking and collaborative skills. It sets the pace in research, creativity and innovative programmes in education, science and culture in the region.

SEAMEO strives for excellence in the following Core Competencies:

  1. Technical and scientific expertise in areas of specialisation
  2. Governance and management skills
  3. Collaborative partnership and networking skills
  4. Research, creativity and innovative skills

Strategic Goals

  1. To develop regional centres of excellence
  2. To provide relevant and responsive programmes that address national and regional issues in SEAMEO’s areas of specialization
  3. To strengthen the organisational capability to initiate and manage change and development to meet the challenges of globalisation
  4. To ensure continued financial viability
  5. To promote research and development (R&D) in education, science and culture and improve the dissemination mechanism
  6. To enhance collaboration among Member Countries and relevant organisations
  7. To be ASEAN’s strategic partner for the advancement of education, science and culture
  8. To facilitate the development of harmonized education standards
  9. To be a regional leader in the advancement of education, science and culture


  1. The Organization is non-profit and not politically oriented
  2. SEAMEO has the largest grouping of country membership (11 Member Countries) in the region to deliver programmes in education
  3. Its flexibility and resilience has enabled it to meet the challenges posed by the fast changing political and socio-economic development in the region
  4. Its professional and technical programmes and activities that are often conducted on a regular scheduled basis are special and unique
  5. The Organization has built a strong infrastructure of extensive physical and equipment resources. Almost every Centre has its own campus, training, research and information dissemination, dormitory facilities to enable it to carry out its functions successfully and with quality
  6. Non-tangible resources of the Organization include its vast experiences, information, extensive network of contacts and linkages both nationally and internationally
  7. Its activities are focused on the universally appealing theme of human resources development including sustainable development. This helps make SEAMEO attractive to countries wishing to make contributions to sustainable development at the grassroots level in Southeast Asia
  8. The competence and experience of its personnel, complemented by the technical expertise provided by the SEAMEO Associate Member Countries and partner agencies, accounts for the quality and impact of its programmes and activities
  9. The regional characteristic of the Centres’ professional staff also contributes to the richness in experience and competence of every Centre to handle projects that it undertakes. SEAMEO activities are not limited to Member Countries within Southeast Asia but are also open to participants, programmes and activities from outside the region. Interactions in these activities further enrich the experiences of the participants as well

Priority Areas

  1. Education
    • 21st Century Skills
      • Character education
      • Entrepreneurship education
      • Information and Communication Technology
      • Language and literacy
      • Scientific and technological literacy
    • Continuous professional development for teacher and education personnel
    • Education For All (EFA)
      • Basic education
      • Early childhood care and education (ECCE)
      • Education in emergencies
      • Life long learning
      • Reaching the unreached
      • Special education needs
    • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
    • Higher education
    • Technical and vocational education
  2. Culture
    • Archaeology and history
    • Arts and design
    • Cultural diversity and regional identity
    • Heritage preservation and cultural management
    • Traditions and values
  3. Science
    • Agriculture
    • Biodiversity and Biotechnology
    • Disaster management
    • Food and nutrition
    • Natural resources and environmental management
    • Preventive health, reproductive health education and life skills development


The Operational Budget for the SEAMEO Secretariat is underwritten by the Member Countries whereby the respective annual share is determined by the Asian Development Bank contribution index. The Operational Budget of the TROPMED Central Network likewise is equally shared by the SEAMEO Member Countries.

The Centres’ operational budget, capital and annually recurring costs of each Centre are underwritten by their host countries.

The Special Fund is a central fund administered by the SEAMEO Secretariat in order to support regular programmes and activities of SEAMEO Centres. Such programmes and activities include:

  • Annual awards given by SEAMEO partners to outstanding personnel in various categories in the fields of education, science and culture in Southeast Asia
  • Governing Board Meetings
  • Personnel exchanges
  • Project feasibility studies
  • Research and development projects in education, science and culture
  • Research fellowships and grants
  • SEAMEO students exchange programme
  • Seminars and special conferences
  • Training and research scholarships

The SEAMEO Educational Development Fund (SEAMEO EDF) is the lifeblood of the Organization and has been established to serve as the central repository of gifts for SEAMEO to support the requirements of Special Funds and other Funds.

Other Funds have been established to support specific programmes and projects of various SEAMEO units which are not covered by the Operational and Special Funds.

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SEAMEO Secretariat
Mom Luang Pin Malakul Centenary Building, 4th Floor
920 Sukhumvit Road., Klongtoey, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Email : secretariat(at)seameo.org
Tel : +66 (0) 2391-0144
Fax : +66 (0) 2381-2587