REPORT OF SEAMEC PRESIDENT'S VISITS  1994

During the year under review, the SEAMEO Centres in Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia were honoured by the visit of H E Professor Dr -Ing Wardiman Djojonegoro, Minister of Education and Culture, Indonesia and concurrently President of SEAMEC.  The SEAMEC President also visited Viet Nam.

On 18 April 1994, the SEAMEC President officiated the RELC Regional Seminar on Reading and Writing Research:  Implications for Language Education.  He was welcomed by the Directors of SEAMEO RELC and SEAMEO Secretariat.  The President also paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Mr Lee Yock Suan, the Minister for Education, Singapore, and visited an Indonesian school on the same day.

His Excellency Professor Dr -Ing Wardiman was the guest of honour at the Inauguration Ceremony of the SEAMEO VOCTECH building and Official Opening of the Regional Conference on Women in Development on 24 April 1994.  On the second day of his two day visit to Brunei Darussalam, the President paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Pehin Orang Kaya Laila Wijaya Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Abdul Aziz, Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam and met SEAMEO VOCTECH's professional and administrative staff.  His Excellency was briefed by the Director of SEAMEO VOCTECH on the Centre's main activities and responsibilities.  Also present during this visit were Professor Dr Sri Hardjoko Wirjomartono, Head of the Office for Educational and Cultural Research and Development; Professor Dr Harsono Taraepratjche, Director of Academic Affairs, Directorate General of Higher Education and Governing Board Member of RIHED; Drs J Pakpahan, Director of Vocational Education and Professor Dr Ruben C Umaly, Director of SEAMEO Secretariat.

On 25 April 1994, the official party left Brunei Darussalam for the Philippines.  The following day, courtesy calls were made on His Excellency President Fidel V Ramos, President of the Republic of Philippines, and His Excellency Dr Armand V Fabella, Secretary of Education, Culture and Sports, Philippines.  On the same day, the President visited SEAMEO INNOTECH in Quezon City and SEAMEO SEARCA in Los Banos, where his Excellency was briefed on the activities and projects of the two Centres by their respective directors.  On the final day of his stay in the Philippines, the President took time to visit the Asian Development Bank Headquarters and Embassy of Indonesia in Manila.

On 21 July 1994, the President accompanied by Professor Dr Edy Sedyawati, Director General of Culture, Professor Dr Harsja W Bachtiar, Advisor to the Minister of Education and Culture, Professor Dr R M Soedarsono, Rector of Institute of Fine Arts, Yogyakarta and Governing Board Member of SEAMEO SPAFA and Dr Padoongchart Suwanawongse, Deputy Director of SEAMEO Secretariat, paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Mr Samphan Thongsamak, Minister of Education, Thailand.  The President attended the final session of the SEAMEO Centre Directors - Strategic Planning Group Meeting held at the Melia Hua Hin Hotel in Hua Hin on 22 July.  His Excellency Professor Dr -Ing Wardiman visited the four SEAMEO Centres located in Bangkok namely SEAMEO SPAFA, SEAMEO TROPMED, SEAMEO RIHED and SEAMEO Secretariat on the following day.  During these visits, His Excellency met with the professional and administrative staffs and was briefed on the activities and responsibilities of each of the units.

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The SEAMEC Pesident paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Mr Samphan Thongsamak and Mr  Pramote Sukhum, Minister of Education, and  Deputy Minister of Education, Thailand respectively.
The SEAMEC President attended the final session of the SEAMEO Centre Directors - Strategic Planning Group Meeting held at the Melia Hua Hin Hotel in Hua Hin on 22 July.

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At SEAMEO Secretariat His Excellency met with the professional and administrative staffs and was briefed on the activities and responsibilities of each division.  His Excellency also had a group photo with SEAMEO Secretariat staffs and the SEAMEO Secretariat Director gave him a memento of appreciation for his visit.
The President accompanied by his high officials and the SEAMEO Secretariat Director, proceeded to Viet Nam on 24 July 1994 and met with His Excellency Professor Dr Tran Hong Quan, Minister of Education and Training, Viet Nam.   During the next three days, the President visited a number of Vietnamese educational institutions including Hanoi National University, University of Hue and institutions in Ho Chi Minh City.  His Excellency also visited the former SEAMEO INNOTECH building which will be renovated and used as the new SEAMEO Training Centre in Ho Chi Minh City.

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The SEAMEC President met with Professor Dr Tran Hong Quan, Minister of Education and Training, Viet Nam during the visit to Viet Nam

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Accompanied by Dr Ruben C Umaly, the SEAMES Director, theSEAMEC  President visited a number of Vietnamese educational institutions including Hanoi National University, University of Hue and institutions in Ho Chi Minh City.

The SEAMEC President visited Ministry of Education in Viet Nam.
During his brief visit to Malaysia from 12 to 14 September 1994, the President paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Datuk Amar Dr Sulaiman bin Haji Daud, the Minister of Education, Malaysia, as well as visited the two SEAMEO Centres located in the country namely, SEAMEO TROPMED Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and RECSAM in Penand.  The President also visited MARA where he was met by the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprise His Excellency Dato Dr Siti Zaharah bte Sulaiman.  Afterwards he was briefed by the Director General on the training activities conducted by MARA.   Later, the President toured the German-Malaysia Institute facilities.  The President also visited the Institute Terjemahan Negara (National Translation Institute) in Kuala Lumpur.  In Penang, besides visiting RECSAM, the president was also given a briefing on the activities of the Penang Skill Development Centres.  Dr Ashari bin Che Mat, who took over the directorship of SEAMES on 29 August 1994, accompanied the President during his visit to Malaysia.

For the SEAMEO Centres, the highlight of the President's visits was his address entitled The Future of SEAMEO Regional Centres delivered at the final session of the Centre Directors - Strategic Planning Group Meeting in Hua Hin, Thailand.  In his address, the SEAMEC President underscored the importance of mutual cooperation among SEAMEO Member Countries particularly in human resource development in securing and improving the current trend of successful social and economic development of each nation.  The President called on the Centres to reexamine their basic functions and emphasized that as Regional Centres, SEAMEO Centres should be more than just conducting trainings and researches or merely duplicating the activities of national institutions.  They should serve as facilitators of regional cooperation and should focus their efforts on fostering and nurturing capability in their respective areas of specialization throughout the region.   The long-term sustainability of SEAMEO as an organization depended to a large extent on their effectiveness in fostering cooperation among Member Countries.  The SEAMEC President discussed a number of strategies on how each SEAMEO Centre could optimally contribute towards the implementation of SEAMEO's policy on cooperation.   Among the suggestions given were:  development of evaluation criteria to ensure that each programme of SEAMEO would contribute to human resource development in the region; application of the LINK and MATCH principle in the development of effective and efficient programmes and services; clear understanding of the products and services that the Centres provide; assurance of relevance, quality and visibility of their programmes; exploration of other alternative sources and creative solutions for programme funding and cooperation among SEAMEO Centres to improve efficiency.

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