According to the SEAMEO Charter, SEAMEO has three categories of membership: Member Country, Associate Member, and Affiliate Member.
The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) was established in November 1965 as a chartered international organization whose purpose is to promote cooperation in education, science and culture in the Southeast Asian region. The name was chosen to reflect the need for a regional grouping, the purpose of which is to share and maximize use of resources, with collective leadership to be provided by the Ministers of Education of the Member Countries.
At present SEAMEO consists of eleven (11) Member Countries, eight (8) Associate Members and three (4) Affiliate Members.
The original Member States whose signatures were affixed in the SEAMEO Charter are Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and the Republic of Vietnam. The then Khmer Republic (Cambodia) was accepted as Member Country during the Sixth SEAMEO Council Conference held in Saigon, 1971 with immediate effect.
Terms and Conditions of Associate Membership was revised and adopted at the 8th SEAMEC Conference, Phnom Penh, January 1973.
Guidelines for Approaching Non-Member to Join SEAMEO as Associate Members
Affiliate Membership (MC-18/IC/WP/1) was established 18th SEAMEC Conference, Penang, Malaysia, 26 January 1983.
Standard Guidelines for Processing Applications of Institutions/Agencies for SEAMEO Affiliate Membership (MC-20/IC/WP/2) was adopted 20th SEAMEC Conference, In-Camera Session, Manila, Philippines, 6 February 1985.
Revised Guidelines on Application of SEAMEO Affiliate Membership was approved by the 46th SEAMEO Council Conference, In-Camera Session, 26 January 2011, Brunei Darussalam (MC-46/IC/WP/10)
The Association of Canadian Community Colleges was an Affiliate Member from 1984 to 1988. Mr Yves Sanssouci, President of ACCC, made his statement at the 23rd SEAMEO Council Conference, Bali, Indonesia 4-5 February 1988 as follows:
Proclamation and Certificate of Membership
In addition to the above-mentioned original Members, the followings joined SEAMEO and accepted the Proclamation or Certificate signed by the SEAMEO Council Presidents. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam, in consequence of the termination of the existence of the Republic of Vietnam as a sovereign state, joined SEAMEO in 1992.The original Member Countries whose signatures were affixed on the SEAMEO Charter and Cambodia [then the Khmer Republic, joined later 6th MC 1971], do not have Proclamation.
* Director's annual report 1973, pp 4-5 .
Remarks: Announcement of change of Flag of Myanmar 22 October 2010 confirmed by SEAMEO CHAT 28 October 2010.
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