The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council

According to Article IV of the SEAMEO Charter;

  1. The Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council, hereinafter referred to as the "Council", shall consist of the Ministers of Education or accredited representatives of the Member States of the Organization.
  2. The Council shall determine the policies and the main lines of work of the Organization.
  3. The Council shall appoint the Director of the Secretariat.
  4. The Council shall receive the reports of the Director and approve the programme and budget of the Organization.
  5. The presence of at least two-third of the Member States is necessary for the Council to do business. Each Member State shall have one vote. Decisions shall be made by a simple majority of the Member States present and voting, except in cases in which a two-third majority is required by the provision of this Charter.
  6. The Council shall meet annually in ordinary session; it may meet in extraordinary session if it so decides or if called by at least one-third of the Member States.
  7. At each session the location of its next ordinary session shall be designated by the Council. The location of an extraordinary session shall be designated by the Council, if the session is called by it, or otherwise by the Director after consultation with at least one-third of Member States.
  8. The Council shall adopt its own rules of procedure.
  9. The Council shall, at the ordinary session of each year, elect a President and other officers.
  10. The Council shall set up special and technical committees and such other subordinate bodies as may be necessary for its purposes

At its meeting, SEAMEO Council fulfils the crucial function of governing body for the whole organization by exercising its power of supervisory authority over the SEAMEO Secretariat and the Regional Centres/Network. Each year, a President of the SEAMEO Council is elected among the Member States. 

SEAMEO Council Conferences

On 30 November 1965, at the invitation of His Excellency Mom Luang Pin Malakul, the  Minister of Education of Thailand; Mr Eugene R Black, Advisor to President Lyndon B Johnson of the United States; the Ministers of Education of Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Viet Nam; and the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines met to discuss regional solutions to educational problems in Southeast Asia.  This is considered to be the first meeting of the SEAMEO Council and the meeting where the SEAMEO Organization was established.

The SEAMEO Council Conference is to be convened biennially as a result of the resolution of the 46th SEAMEO Council Conference Ministerial Round Table Meeting, 2011; items b) The SEAMEO Council Conference will be held every two years. ASEAN Education Ministers will meet in the intervening year.

Venue of the conference is decided by the Council [ref. Article IV item 7 of the SEAMEO Charter]. In practice, the country that wishes to host the next conference will offer or propose the hosting of the SEAMEO Council Conference.

The final reports are available for references at the SEAMEO Secretariat Library and the Regional Centres/Network. The final report includes proceedings, resolutions, working papers, and reports from the Secretariat Director and Centre Directors.

The list of the SEAMEO Council Conference reports is arranged  in reverse chronological order. 


List of Conference Date Year Venue
51st MC 17 June 2021, back to back with the 5th Strategic Dialogue for Education Ministers (SDEM 5) 2021 Virtual
non - SEAMEC Year   2020  
50th MC 22-25 November 2019 2019 Sunway Resort Hotel and Spa, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
non - SEAMEC Year   2018  
49th MC 24-27 July 2017 Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
48th MC 6-8 May 2015 Royal Cliff Hotels Group, Chonburi, Thailand
47th MC 19-21 March 2013 Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam
46th MC 26-29 January 2011 The Empire Hotel and Country Club Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam
45th MC 26-29 January 2010 Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, Mactan, Cebu, Philippines
44th MC 5-8 April 2009 Sheraton Grande Laguna, Phuket, Thailand
43rd MC 13-15 March 2008 Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
42nd MC 13-15 March 2007 Westin Hotel, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
41st MC 21-23 March 2006 Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
40th MC 15-17 March 2005 Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
39th MC 1-4 March 2004 The Empire Hotel and Country Club, Jerudong, Negara Brunei Darussalam
38th MC  5-7 March 2003  Makati Shangri-la Hotel, Makati City, Philippines
37th MC 12-15 March 2002 Westin Riverside Plaza Chiangmai Hotel,
Chiang Mai, Thailand
36th MC 12-14 February 2001 Kota Kinabalu, Saba, Malaysia
35th MC 16 - 17 February 2000 Bali, Indonesia
34th MC 8-9 February  1999 Singapore
33rd MC 16 -18 February 1998 Negara Brunei Darussalam
32nd MC 26 - 28 February 1997 Manila, Philippines
31st MC 4 - 8 January 1996 Dusit Island, Chiang Rai,Thailand
30th MC 16 - 19 January 1995 Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia
29th MC 2 - 4 February 1994 Yogyakarta, Indonesia
28th MC 15 - 17 February 1993 Singapore
27th MC 9 - 12 February 1992 B.S. Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
26th MC 4 - 7 February 1991 Manila, Philippines
25th MC 4 - 7 February 1990 Chiang Mai, Thailand
24th MC 11 - 13 January 1989 Melaka, Malaysia
23rd MC 3 - 5 February 1988 Bali, Indonesia
22n MC 22 - 24 January 1987 Singapore
21st MC 22 - 25 January 1986 B.S. Begawan, Negara Brunei Darussalam
20thMC 6 - 11 February 1985 Manila, Philippines
19th MC 15 - 20 February 1984 Pattaya, Thailand
18th MC 26 - 31 January 1983 Penang, Malaysia
17th MC 24 Jan - 1 Feb 1982 Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
16th MC 29 January - 2 February 1981 Singapore
15th MC 7 - 11 February 1980 Manila, Philippines
14th MC 18 - 22 January 1979 Chiang Mai, Thailand
13th MC 26 - 30 January 1978 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
12th MC 3 - 7 March 1977 Jakarta, Indonesia
11th MC 22 - 26 January 1976 Singapore 
Extraordinary MC
25 - 27 November 1975 Bangkok, Thailand
10thMC 19 - 24 January 1975 Baguio City, Philippines
9th MC 27 January - 1 February 1974 Bangkok, Thailand

Extraordinary MC

25 - 27 July 1973 Bangkok, Thailand

8th MC

22 - 26 January 1973 Phnom Penh, Cambodia

7th MC

24 - 28 January 1972 Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
6th MC 11 - 14 January 1971 Saigon, Vietnam

Extraordinary MC

12  - 14 May 1970 Bangkok, Thailand
5th MC 19 - 23 January 1970 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
4th MC 7 - 10 January 1969 Jakarta, Indonesia
3rd MC 6 - 8 February 1968 Singapore
2nd MC 25 - 28 November 1966 Manila, Philippines

1st MC

30  November 1965 Bangkok, Thailand